Paden City Pounds Hundred
Paden City’s boys baseball team took advantage of Hundred’s pitching and errors on Friday night to record its 10th victory of the season with a five inning 23-1 victory. Despite scoring 23 runs, the Wildcats only had seven hits; however, the Hornets walked 20 batters and committed four errors and several other mistakes. The Wildcats only had 10 earned runs out of their 23.
Regulars Matt Saxon and Marcus Allen didn’t play in the game as they participated in the St. Marys track meet. The Wildcats got four runs in the first inning and added seven in the second, seven in the third, and five more in the fourth. Hundred scored first in the game, but it was downhill after that.
Ethan Cross got the win for Paden City on the mound, his second of the season as he struck out five batters while walking only one in three innings. Isaac Neff picked up the save, throwing two innings. Trey Slider singled and knocked in two runs. Jordan Stackpole cracked two singles and had three RBIs whileTy Cain added a single for three RBIs as well. Kolton Elliott rapped a single that brought in a run.
Ethan Cross, Hunter Fletcher, Ryan Cross, David Joy, and Dylan Walton each added an RBI, and Brad Baker finished with two RBIs.
“Ethan pitched well tonight for his second win of the season; we were able to get everyone in the game, and it was nice for them to get some experience and playing time,”said Coach Brent Croasmun.
Paden City Drains River
The Wildcats used the Wild Things field in Washington, Pa., on Thursday April 26, as their home field, working their way to an 8-1 victory over the visiting river Pilots. The Wildcats used excellent pitching from senior Kolton Elliott, who held the Pilots to three hits, on three strikeouts and three walks. Paden City also had the bats working as they took a 2-0 lead after one inning and increased it to 8-0 going into the seventh. Trey Slider provided the big hit in the third inning when he cleared the bases with a hard-hit single, driving in three runs. Elliott and Matt Saxon each had RBI singles,while David Joy and Brad Baker added singles for the Wildcats. River managed an unearned run in the top of the seventh. The Pilots committed six errors in the contest, while Paden City had two.
“Kolton pitched an excellent game for us tonight; the defense also played well behind him and turned three double plays, limiting their scoring opportunities.
“Playing in Washington, Pa., at a Pirates facility, was a great experience for our team,” said Coach Brent Croasmun.
Wildcats Improve To 8-5
Home-standing Paden City used a big fourth inning to put away Beallsville on Monday, April 23. The final score was 12-2, in six innings. Senior David Joy took the mound for the Wildcats, getting the win while recording five strikeouts and walking four. Matt Saxon came on in relief for the saved, striking out five.
Beallsville got on the board first in the top of the inning to take a 1-0 lead, but the Wildcats came back and tied the game on a double by Kolton Elliott, scoring Trey Slider who had walked. The Wildcats scored two more in the bottom of the second to go up 3-1. They then scored seven runs in the fifth for a 10-2 lead. The Wildcats tacked two more on in the sixth with no outs to get the 10 run-rule win.
Paden City ended the game with seven hits and two errors, while Joy and Saxon held the Blue Devils to just one hit on the night. Beallsville also had five errors. Saxon had two singles and two RBIs for Paden City. Elliott had a double, single and an RBI.
Ethan Cross knocked in three runs with a hard-hit single, and Marcus Allen added a single and an RBI. Trey Slider added an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
“It was nice to see David Joy get a win. Our bats finally came alive in the fifth inning after a slow start, but once again we had that one big inning to carry us through. We hope to keep the momentum going into the championship game of the OVAC. The boys are playing good baseball, and we need a chance to play some games in order to improve,” Coach Brent Croasmun said.