Big wins move PHS to 19-1

Paris softball team eyeing besting school record of 21 wins set in 2007 season


The Paris Lady Tigers inched closer to the school record for wins on Wednesday evening, April 17, as they came from behind twice to beat the West Vigo Lady Vikings 7-5.

With the victory, the Lady Tigers record now sits at an astonishing 19-1 on the year. They are just two wins away from the all-time school record of 21 wins set in 2007.

The Lady Tigers currently have more victories than any other 3A school in the state, and are tied with two other class 2A schools for the most wins in the entire state of Illinois. One of those other teams just so happens to be Tuscola, who is responsible for the ony Lady Tiger loss.

Another busy and important week awaits the Lady Tigers as they host the Casey-Westfield Lady Warriors on Monday, April 22, in a matchup of two of the top teams in the LIC. On Tuesday, April 23, they will travel to Rockville, Ind., to face Parke-Heritage in a game scheduled to start at 4 pm. On Thursday, April 25, Paris will host Red Hill in another LIC matchup.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Carlei Sapp drew a one-out walk. She advanced to second on a wild pitch, then scored on an RBI single by Sydney Fox to tie the game.

Paris would grab their first lead in the next inning as Katrina Strow and Kendall Mathews singled, then advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Kelsie Dosch. Brooklyn Westerfield squeezed Strow home with the go-ahead run to make it 2-1.

West Vigo tied it at 2-2 on a home run by Barnaby. They would score two more runs in the fourth inning to lead it 4-2 in the fourth.

Strow and Kendall Mathews once again started the Lady Tiger rally with consecutive singles in the bottom of the fourth. Following a fielder’s choice, Westerfield once again plated Strow with a perfect bunt. Kaitlyn Mathews launched the second pitch of her at-bat over the centerfield fence for a three-run home run to give the Tigers the lead for good at 6-4.

Kaitlyn Mathews led the offensive attack with her 3-run home run and a single. Sapp had a double and a single, Strow and Kendall Mathews had a pair of singles each, and Fox, Westerfield, and Aubrey Sanders each had a hit.

Karley Moore picked up her seventh win of the season, going the distance once again. She allowed five runs(four earned) on six hits; she walked six and struck out five on the day.

paris 3, alah 1

Paris Tuesday evening the Lady Tigers took on Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond in a pitching duel. While the senior hurler for ALAH was mowing down the Lady Tigers, Paris freshman Karley Moore was baffling the visiting hitters as well. The two hurlers combined for 21 strikeouts in the game.

Paris trailed heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, and really never threatened to score prior to that. Whitney Todd led off the frame with a walk. Aubrey Sanders grounded to third, but the throw sailed into the right field corner allowing Todd to score all the way from first. Katrina Strow then reached on an infield single to put runners at the corners with one out. Kendall Mathews laid down a perfectly executed squeeze bunt to score Sanders with the go-ahead run. The small ball continued as Kelsie Dosch laid down another bunt to score Strow and give the Tigers the 3-1 lead.

Paris was held to their lowest hit total of the season as Strow was the only Tiger with a hit. She doubled and singled in the contest. The Lady Tigers did take advantage of a huge error in the sixth and six walks from their opponent.

Moore went seven strong innings in earning her sixth win of the season. She allowed just one run on four hits while striking out 11.

paris 16, Marshall 0

Immediately following their thrilling victory over ALAH on Tuesday evening, the Paris Lady Tigers had to turn their focus on a familiar foe.

With impending weather due to hit on Thursday, the Lady Tigers and the Marshall Lady Lions made the decision to move their game to Tuesday night. Paris rode the momentum of their come-from-behind win over ALAH to shut out Marshall 16-0 in the nightcap at PHS.

Paris scored in the first inning after Carlei Sapp walked with one out, then came in to score on a single by Sydney Fox. The Lady Tigers broke the game open in the second frame as Katrina Strow tripled to left field. One batter later, Kelsie Dosch beat out an infield single to score Strow. Brooklyn Westerfield walked to put two on with just one out. Kaitlyn Mathews singled sharply to right that the right fielder mishandled, allowing Westerfield and Dosch to score. Sapp laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to make it 5-0. Whitney Todd singled on the next pitch to put runners at the corners for the Tigers’ clean up hitter. Fox fooled the Lady Lions by laying down a squeeze bunt of her own to bring Sapp home with the sixth run of the game.

After getting a pair of RBI’s in her first two at-bats earlier in the game, Fox decided to show off her power in the third inning. Paris pushed across three more runs following singles by Westerfield, Mathews, and Todd, then Fox launched a 2-2 pitch over the centerfield wall that short-hopped the baseball backstop some 250 feet from home plate for a three-run homer.

Fox drove in five runs in the game with her home run and sacrifice bunts. Strow and Todd each had three hits, with Todd driving in a pair of runs, and Strow adding a triple and an RBI. Westerfield and Mathews had two hits apiece, and Sapp and Dosch each had one.

Kaitlyn Mathews was in complete control throughout the four inning game allowing just five hits while striking out seven.

paris 6, Robinson 2

The Paris Lady Tigers played host to the Robinson Lady Maroons on Monday afternoon, April 15.

This game had a little more significance than the previous meeting in the Route 1 Showdown, as this game counted in the Little Illini Conference standings. Paris scored in each of the middle four innings and came away with a 6-2 victory.

After a scoreless first, Aubrey Sanders launched the second pitch of the inning over the left field wall to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Paris tacked on a single run in the next inning as Kaitlyn Mathews singled to center, stole second base, and advanced on a fielder’s choice. The clean-up hitter for the Tigers, Sydney Fox, laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Mathews with the second run of the contest. Paris would leave the bases loaded.

Kaitlyn Mathews helped her own cause in the bottom of the fourth inning as she clubbed a solo home run to straight away center field to give Paris a 3-0 lead. Sapp reached on a dropped third strike, then scored on a triple to right field off the bat of Whitney Todd. Fox drove in her second run of the game with a single to left to give the Tigers a little breathing room, and the 5-0 lead.

Mathews went the distance for the Tigers, allowing two runs on eight hits. She walked one and struck out six.

Mathews also led the way offensively as she hit her fourth home run of the season and added a pair of singles. Sanders was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with one run batted in. Strow had a pair of singles. Todd had an RBI triple while Fox, Kendall Mathews, Kelsie Dosch, and Brooklyn Westerfield each added a single.

paris takes route 1 title

The Paris Lady Tigers began their action-packed week as hosts of their annual Route 1 Showdown Saturday, April 13, as they steamrolled their way to the title.

Paris opened play with a 9-1 victory over the Robinson Lady Maroons then duplicated their score with a win over Georgetown-Ridge Farm in the championship.

What has not been the case this season was the slow start by the Lady Tigers. They scored one run in the bottom of the first inning as Kaitlyn Mathews walked, then came in to score on an error off the bat of Sydney Fox. Robinson tied the score in the top of the third inning. Paris finally got their offense going as Mathews walked once again to lead off the inning. She stole second on the next pitch to Carlei Sapp, advanced to third on a wild pitch, then scored on an infield single. Sapp took second on the next pitch and continued to third on an error. Aubrey Sanders singled to left to make the score 3-1.

The host team busted the game open in the home half of the fourth inning as they pushed five runs across to put the game out of reach.

Sanders had a huge day for the Lady Tigers as she had a double, two singles, and three RBI’s. Sapp drove in a pair of runs with a single and a bases-loaded walk. Mathews, Katrina Strow, Kendall Mathews, Kelsie Dosch, Sara Burger, and Brooklyn Westerfield each had a single. Burger and Strow added an RBI apiece.

Karley Moore went the distance for Paris, allowing just one run on four hits. She did not walk a batter and struck out eight.

In the title game of the Route 1 Showdown, the Lady Tigers flexed their muscles early on as they scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and cruised to the victory.

Mathews led off with a single, she stole second on the next pitch, then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Sapp. Aubrey Sanders lifted a sacrifice fly to left to score Mathews. Sydney Fox followed that up with the first of five Lady Tiger doubles on the day, then scored on a single by Strow. Kendall Mathews doubled to right field to plate Strow and make the score 3-0.

Scoring came to a halt for the next three innings until Paris scratched out a run in the fourth. Kaitlyn Mathews doubled to center field with two outs, stole third, and scored on a bunt single by Sapp.

The Lady Tigers added two more runs in the fifth on an RBI triple by Karley Moore, and a double by Westerfield.

Kaitlyn Mathews earned the win for Paris as she went seven innings of two-hit ball. She allowed just one unearned run, gave up two hits, and struck out eight.

The Mathews sisters led the way offensively for the Lady Tigers with Kendall a perfect 4-for-4 in the game with a double and three singles. She also drove in a pair of runs. Kaitlyn had a pair of doubles and a single. Sapp also had three singles and drove in one. Fox had a double and a single; Strow had a pair of singles and an RBI; Westerfield had a double and a single; Karley Moore had a triple and a pair of RBI’s, and Kelsie Dosch drove in one with her only hit.