Eagles Exact Revenge, Blank ’Cats 2-0
Just two days after getting shocked by Paden City, 9-1 in five innings, Magnolia got sweet revenge with a 2-0 victory over the Wildcats in the Frontier, Ohio, high school two-day invitational tournament. Jared Kocher was the winning pitcher, going five innings – striking out five and walking three – to lead the Blue Eagles.
Despite striking out 12 batters, walking only three, and allowing only three hits, Matt Saxon suffered the loss for Paden City. Both teams played good defense as they where credited with one error each. Magnolia got on the board in the bottom of the first inning, which proved to be the winning run. The Blue Eagles added an insurance run in the sixth to get their first win of the season and stand at 1-3.
Paden City got four hits with Jordan Stackpole getting two singles. Silas McKeever cracked a single for the Blue Eagles, knocking in a run. Paden City fell to 5-4 with the loss.
Paden City Gets Big Win Over Beallsville
Paden City dominated Beallsville from start to finish on the home field March 28 as they took no mercy on the Ohio school, thumping them, 20-3, in five innings. Clayton Thomas pitched two-and-one-third innings for the Wildcats to get the win. He was relieved in the third by Ryan Cross, who worked the rest of the game to pick up the save.
The ‘Cats scored four runs in the first and second innings to go up, 8-0. Beallsville plated two in the top of the third, but from there it was lights out as the Wildcats added four more in the bottom of the inning, and eight in the fourth to seal the deal.
Thomas and Cross combined for five strikeouts and five walks, while holding the Blue Devils to four hits. Beallsville had two errors while the ‘Cats only had one. Beallsville’s Baker suffered the loss as they used four pitchers to try and stop the Wildcat bats.
Paden City accounted for 18 hits on the night with Matt Saxon getting three singles and knocking in two runs. Cross had a single and a double for five RBI, and Thomas got three hits for two RBI. Carson Palmer had an excellent night, drilling three singles and knocking in three runs. Jordan Stackpole got a single, a double and two RBI, while E.J. Weber cracked two hard-hit doubles while adding an RBI. Alex Chaplin hit a single and knocked in two runs, and Trey Slider added two singles and an RBI. Paden City moved to 4-3 on the season with the win.
Wildcats Claw Blue Eagles
Paden City improved to 3-3 on the season while Magnolia dropped to 0-2, as the Wildcats pounded out a 9-1 victory in boys high school baseball action Wednesday, March 27, in Paden City. Wildcat senior Trey Slider picked up his third win on the year with a 12-strikeout complete game. Slider only allowed two hits in the game while walking three batters and giving up no earned runs.
Magnolia opened the game with a line shot by Pat Mirandy, to the fence in left-center, for a double but Slider recorded three straight outs to end the side. In the bottom of the firsT, Paden City got a run to jump up, 1-0, and added another in the bottom of the second to lead by two.
Magnolia closed the gap to one when they scored on a Paden City error in the third. The Wildcats came right back and got three in the bottom of the inning for a 5-1 lead. Slider settled in and held the Blue Eagles scoreless the rest of the way, while the ‘Cats added four in the bottom of the sixth.
The big sixth inning featured Wildcat catcher Ryan Cross’ line drive over the left field fence to put Paden City up, 7-1. Matt Saxon added two singles for the ‘Cats and drove in two runs, while Carson Palmer singled for an RBI. Brad Baker drove in a run.
“Anytime there’s a big game on the schedule, I want to pitch. Our team came out and was ready to play, and it was an all-around great performance! From the top to the bottom, each kid stepped up big,” Paden City’s Slider said. “I also want to give a shoutout to Ryan Cross for the two-run dinger.”
Paden City had five hits, to Magnolia’s two, and committed four errors, to the Blue’s two. Pat Mirandy took the loss, striking out seven but walking nine. Mirandy had both of Magnolia’s hits with a single and double.