Wildcats’ Saxon Spins a No-Hit Gem Against ’Dogs
After a mix-up of where the game was to be played, Paden City senior Matt Saxon made no mistake in proving that the Bridgeport Bulldogs shouldn’t have played the Wildcats on this day, April 6. Saxon struck out six and walked one as the ‘Cats played error free ball en route to a complete game 4-0 no-hit shutout in Paden City.
The day started out with a little confusion as each team showed up at its opponent’s field. It was then decided the game would be played in Paden City. The Wildcats headed back down river, and the game time was set back from noon to 1 p.m.
The Wildcats played inspired baseball, showing complete dominance from start to finish as they out-hit the visitors, 8-0, on their way to the win that lifted them to 8-7 on the season and helped their standing in the OVAC.
Saxon added two RBI on two singles, and Brad Baker – who has been swinging the bat well lately – came through with two singles while knocking in a run.
The Wildcats have been strong at the plate lately, getting 34 hits in the last four games. Trey Slider and Clayton Thomas each had RBI singles, and Slider added a double – while Ryan Cross singled.
Paden City Bats Overpower Beallsville
Scoring eight runs in the first inning at Beallsville, on Friday night, was all the Wildcats needed as they hammered the Blue Devils, 20-3 in five innings. Ryan Cross, who is normally behind the plate, took the mound and didn’t disappoint as he picked up the win – pitching three innings before giving way to Clayton Thomas in the fourth. Together they combined for five strikeouts and five walks while giving up six hits.
By the end of three the game was out of reach, as the Wildcats had plated 17 runs. They added three more insurance runs in the fourth before leaving town with their seventh win of the season. The Wildcats had 17 hits in the contest, while Beallsville finished with six hits.
Cross led the way at the plate, helping his own cause with two singles and a double while driving in four runs. Freshman Alec Chaplin went 4-4 with three RBI, while Trey Slider and Jordan Stackpole each added two singles and two RBI. Carson Palmer also got two singles and two RBI, while Brad Baker singled and drove in a run. Thomas brought home two runs with a single and a double, and Scott Lavole added a single.
The Wildcats now stand 7-7 on the season while Beallsville is 2-9. The Blue Devils committed eight errors in the game, while Paden City had three.
Cameron Defeats Wildcats, 4-3
One thing is almost certain when Paden City and Cameron square off on the diamond – a one-run game.
Such was the case again Thursday afternoon as the host Dragons pulled out a quickly and sharply played 4-3 triumph. The contest could easily be a prelude to the OVAC 1A championship tilt in a few weeks.
This was the third straight time the two teams have traded one-run verdicts. Cameron prevailed 2-1 earlier this spring while Paden City took an identical 2-1 triumph last season.
In all three contests, Trey Slider toed the rubber for the Wildcats, while the Dragons countered with Jessop Broughton. And once again, both pitched extremely well.
The difference proved the second inning. It was in that frame that Cameron scored all of its runs with two outs, courtesy of two costly Paden City errors.
Aiden Lucey opened that fateful inning for the hosts reaching on an error. Slider retired the next two Dragons on flyouts. Another Wildcat error and an Isaac Ball single loaded the bases.
Leadoff hitter Trin Scott coaxed a walk to force in the first run. Noah Neely followed with a two-run single before Garret Scott capped the uprising with an RBI single.
“Two errors were the difference in this game. We should have been out of the second inning with no runs,” veteran Paden City coach Brent Croasmun said. “Trey pitched pretty well. He deserved a better fate.”
Slider did indeed pitch well. He yielded just six hits while fanning five and walking just one.
Broughton, meanwhile, was equally as sharp in gaining the route-going win. He struck out four, walked just one while scattering eight hits.
“Both pitchers pitched very efficiently with solid defense behind them,” Cameron head coach Matt Carnahan said. “We expect these one-run games with Slider and Jessop on the mound.”
Paden City struck for single runs in the first, second and fifth innings.
Wildcat senior center fielder Matt Saxon opened the game with a double and scored on a Ryan Cross fielder’s choice. The visitors made it 2-0 in the second. Alec Chaplan singled and moved third on a Bradley Baker single. Saxon plated Chaplan with another single.
Trailing 4-2 after four, Paden City narrowed the deficit to one by pushing across a run in the fifth. Slider rapped a double, moved to third on an error and came home via a sacrifice fly by Jordan Stackpole.
Paden City had an opportunity to knot matters in the seventh. With one out, Saxon singled and proceeded to steal second. Broughton, however, maintained his poise and easily retired the next two Wildcats to preserve the victory.
“This was a good win. Paden City has a nice team and Trey is one of the better pitches around,” Carnahan said. “We hit the ball well but we had some tough luck, hitting it right at them.
“I have a lot of faith in Jessop. He is a competitor,” he continued. “We lost a tough one to Williamstown last night. This was
a good way to bounce back.”
Garrett Scott was the lone Dragon to record two hits.
“I like the way we battled tonight. We were a little sloppy in the field in the second inning but we continued to battle,” Croasmun
said. “We are getting better. We should make the top four in the OVAC and maybe able to get to second. So, there is a chance we can be meeting Cameron in the OVAC.”
‘Cats Claw Lumberjacks
Paden City improved to 6-6 on the season with a five inning 20-0 baseball victory on the home field Wednesday, April 3. The game was a rainout make-up contest from earlier in the season.
Matt Saxon worked the mound for the ‘Cats, picking up the win. Saxon had eight strikeouts and combined with Ryan Cross to limit Valley to one hit in the contest.
The Wildcats collected 12 hits and had no errors as they scored four first-inning runs but put the game out of reach in the second, plating 11 runs. They added a run in the third and four more in the fourth.
Alec Chaplan pounded out three singles and three RBI for the ‘Cats. Brandon Hizer got two singles and drove in two runs, while Clayton Thomas came up big with two singles, a double and four RBI. Cross and Brad Baker each drove in a run with a single. Trey Slider and Saxon also added singles for the Wildcats.
Paden City Falls to Parkersburg Catholic
The Wildcats traveled to Parkersburg on Tuesday night for a baseball matchup with Parkersburg Catholic and came home on the short end of a 10-0 five-inning game. The ‘Cats, playing shorthanded, got the chance to get some young kids playing time, but they were forced into seven errors and were held hitless as the Crusaders took advantage and cruised to victory.
The home team only had six hits but scored on a combination of hits, walks and errors to send the Wildcats back up the river with a 5-6 record. Clayton Thomas took credit for the loss, working one inning – giving up four runs, while striking out three and walking four. Alec Chaplan came on in relief and worked the next three innings for the Wildcats.
Paden City/Cameron coverage by Bubba Kapral.