Visiting Bishop Donahue and Paden City were knotted 4-4 after six innings before the Bishops broke loose for four runs in the top of the seventh to break open the game and drop the Wildcats to 4-3 on the year. Trey Slider, who kept the Bishops in check most of the game, took the loss after giving the reins to Hayden Hizer with two outs and runners on first and second. Donahue gained the edge on a routine trowing error by Matt Sxon to second for a force out that would have sent the game tied going into the bottom of the seventh. Hizer then walked in a run and from there the Bishops scored two more to close out the scoring and drop Paden City to 4-3 on the year.
Slider finished with four strikeouts and four walks while Hizer struck out one and walked two in relief. Paden City turned in a beautiful double play in the sixth to quell a Donahue ralley. Senior second baseman Aaron Heasley made a nice play on a hard hit ball at second and side flipped it to shortstop Hizer who stepped on the bag and fired to first for the double play. Slider then set down the next batter end the inning.
For Donahue, Dustin Beazel picked up the win in relief striking out seven and walking two. J.C. Cluster went 3-5 from the plate adding two RBI. Paden City got a monster home run from Hizer that landed midway in the girls softball field. Kolton Elliott added a single, double and two RBI. Heasley drove in a run with a single and Matt Saxon added two singles. Trey Slider also added a single.
Photo by Ed Parsons
Paden City’s Trey Slider delivers a pitch against Bishop Donahue.
Wildcats plaster Blue Devils
The Wildcats out hit Beallsville, 20-4, on Wednesday, March 29 in a home contest to move the Cats' record to 4-2 on the season with a 28-4 victory. Beallsville had no answer for the Wildcat bats as the Cats had multiple hitters in the contest and scored 18 runs in the first inning. They then added 10 more in the second and third to put the game out of reach.
Colton Elliott was the winning pitcher for the Wildcats with three strikeouts and a walk while giving up two hits. David Joy came on in the third and finished the contest with six K and four walks. Aaron Heasley swung the big bat to lead the Cats as he knocked in four runs with three singles and a double. Freshman Clayton Thomas also had three singles and a double, while bringing in two runners. Elliott added 4 RBI on two singles and Marcus Allen added three RBI on two singles.
Hayden Hizer and Matt Saxon each had two singles and two RBI while Jordan Stackpole doubled to brinfg in a run. Trey Slider single for an RBI and J.D. Weber doubled.
Paden City takes down Valley
Sophomore Matt Saxon pitched six scoreless innings on Monday, March 27, as the Paden City Wildcats kept up their winning ways with a 6-1 victory over the Valley Lumberjacks. Saxon sat down five batters while walking only one before giving in to closer Aaron Heasley who struck out two while giving up one run. Saxton picked up the win moving the Cats to 3-2 on the season.
Freshman Clayton Thomas provided a big bat for the Wildcats as he knocked in two runs with a double while Trey Slider and Marcus Allen each added two run singles. The Wildcats took a 6-0 lead into the top of the seventh, having scored two in the first, three in the fourth and adding another in the sixth. Valley played their first game of the season and now stand at 0-1.
"We are starting to come together and our pitchers are throwing strikes, hitting has been a problem but we are working on that and it showed tonight (Monday). We have some big games coming up and hopefully we can build on our recent success," Coach Brent Croasmun said.