Wildcats Advance to Class A Title Game
Paden City’s baseball team won its second game in three weeks against the Cameron Dragons. Each victory has been a hard-fought, one-run decision.
On April 21, after a short delay while awaiting for Cameron’s arrival, the Wildcats quickly fell behind, 1-0, after one inning. However, as has been the case most of the year, the Wildcats put together a nice inning of their own to take a 4-1 lead after two. Paden City then held on for a 5-4 victory, sending them into the OVAC title match against Weirton Madonna on Saturday
Trey Slider worked some more of his magic from the mound as he threw six complete innings for the second win over the Dragons this year. Slider threw eight strikeouts and scattered six hits while helping his own cause with a single, double and an RBI.
“The second inning was big for us ,and that’s been the case all year. We have a good defensive ball club, and we have three reliable pitchers,” explained Coach Croasmun.
He continued, “Trey Slider and Matt Saxon both have nice curve balls and stay close to the strike zone. Hitting has been a problem for us, but we seem to get that one big inning. Then we have to hold on to get the win. Today was just another one of those games that could have gone either way.”
“Saxon came on in relief in the seventh and really got us out of a jam. Some good solid defense helped. Trey was right on today, and he scattered a few hits, but he’s as good as any pitcher around and never seems to lose his concentration,” said Croasmun.
Paden City got a single from right fielder Jordan Stackpole in the bottom of the second, but Cameron set down the next two batters. Center fielder Marcus Allen got his first of two hits on the day with a single down the right baseline to put runners at first and second. Saxon then followed with a single to drive in a run, and Ethan Cross and Slider both singled to make it 3-1. Cross then scored on a wild pitch, and two straight walks loaded the bases before Cameron set down Kolton Elliott to close the inning.
Each team scored in the fourth inning, and Cameron added runs in the fifth and sixth before the Wildcats got the last out in the bottom of the seventh when the Dragons grounded out to second with a runner on third. Paden City had nine hits to six for Cameron and were charged with three errors to none for the Dragons.
Tigers Upset Wildcats, 3-1
Paden City hosted the Wirt County Tigers April 18 in boys baseball with hopes of improving ton their winning record; however, in cold and damp weather, the Tigers came away with a 3-1 upset.
The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on a David Joy double to centerfield, which drove in Jordan Stackpole. However, Wirt County came right back in the top of the sixth and plated two runs as a result of two Wildcat errors.
Kolton Elliott pitched well enough to win but was the victim of two unearned runs. Wirt’s Noah Garrett got the win, striking out six and walking four. Elliott worked six innings – fanning seven batters, walking five, with no earned runs to take the loss. Paden City fell to 6-4 with the loss.