P.C. Tripped Up in Semis
Paden City High School got off to the perfect start on Monday, April 23, in its girls softball OVAC Semi-Final matchup with the Blue Dons of Weirton Madonna. The action occurred at the 1-470 complex in Wheeling.
The Wildcats jumped ahead, 2-0, in the top of the first inning as two runners scored on a throwing error by the Dons. However, the home team came right back and scored one of its own to cut the lead to 2-1. The Dons eventually went on for a 10-4 victory that propelled them into the championship game against Frontier.
The Wildcats were hoping to make it to the championship but came up short despite adding two more runs in the top of the seventh with runners on, and one out. Weiton, however, managed to get the next two batters and take the win. The Blue Dons used a five-run third inning to get the edge it needed and added two more in the fourth and one in the fifth to put Paden City in a hole they couldn’t climb out of.
“We knew with the caliber of pitching we were facing that our only shot was to keep it as low-scoring as we could,” Coach Chris Neff said.
“The only way we could do that is play perfect defense. We had two or three innings where the defense let us down a little bit, and we gave up more runs than we probably should have. The game plan was there, keep the score low. We almost kept it low enough, but just not quite.”
Erin McIntrye ended up getting the loss on the mound for the Wildcats, giving up six runs on six hits. Caitlin Stewart came on in relief and gave up three hits. Madonna out-hit the Wildcats, 9-2, but committed five errors to the Wildcats’ two.
Leading the way for Paden City at the plate was Jenna Ferrebee who got a hard-line drive double in the third inning. Hannah Loy got the Wildcats’ only other hit, a leadoff single in the first inning.
“You have to put the ball in play, and you have to give yourself a chance,” Neff said. “We had some innings where we did that. We put the ball in play, and we had opportunities on the basepath. We did give ourselves a chance a few times. We still have a few games to play, and hopefully they’ll help us get ready for sectionals .”