Wildcats Stage Late Rally, Best Tigers
Paden City used a big rally in the last two innings of their away game with Wirt County to come away with a 10-9 win.
Wirt took the lead in the bottom of the first, 3-1, and upped it to 6-1 after three. The Wildcats added a run in the fourth, but the Tigers matched it in their half of the inning. Wirt then scored two more in the fifth for a 9-2 advantage, but the never never-say-die Wildcats plated eight runs in their final two at bats to go home with the victory.
David Joy was credited with the win, pitching inning six and holding the Tigers scoreless in the inning while Kolton Elliott got the save. The Wildcats out-hit the Tigers 9-6 in the game, and each team committed five errors.
Elliott had three singles and an RBI; Ethan Cross added two singles. Ryan Cross got a single and two RBI, and Jordan Stackpole singled and drove in two runs. Joy and Clayton Thomas each added an RBI.
Ryan Cross scored the winning run in the top of the seventh. With the bases loaded and two outs, Clayton Thomas lined a hard grounder that got through the second baseman that scored Alex McCoy and Ryan Cross.
“We played without Trey Slider (hamstring strain), Brad Baker (sprained ankle), and Ty Cain (illness). David Joy got out of a jam in the bottom of the sixth with an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. Ball was hit to Kolton Elliott at third where he stepped on third and threw to the plate where Ryan Cross tagged the runner to end the inning. Elliott pitched the final inning to earn the save.
The boys never gave up. Great thing about baseball, you have to get 21 outs, you can’t run out the clock,” Coach Brent Croasmun said. Paden City’s record now stands at 13-7.