OLNEY — The Paris Lady Tigers softball team continues its dominance through the early portion of the schedule as they opened Little Illini Conference play with a resounding 14-2 win at Olney Thursday, April 11.
Paris has now won nine consecutive games and sports a 13-1 overall record. The Lady Tigers are currently tied with Newton at the top of the LIC standings with identical 1-0 marks. Olney falls to 6-8 on the season and 1-2 in conference play.
Kaitlyn Mathews got the hit parade started as she led off the game with a single to center. Carlei Sapp then singled to the mound, but the first of five Olney errors allowing Mathews to score on the overthrow. Sapp came in to score on a pair of errors to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Kelsey Dosch drew a one out walk to start the second inning. Brooklyn Westerfield was then hit by a pitch. With two on, Mathews singled for the second time in two at bats to bring home the third run of the game. Sapp bunted once again reaching on an error allowing both Westerfield and Mathews to score. Whitney Todd, who was injured a little later in the game and would not return, reached on a bunt bringing Sapp home with the sixth run. Following a single by Sydney Fox, Aubrey Sanders launched a three-run homer that landed on the baseball field adjacent to the softball diamond. When the dust had settled, the Tigers led 8-0.
In the top of the fourth inning, Sara Burger led off with a single. Consecutive infield hits by Sanders and Katrina Strow loaded the bases with just one out. Kendall Mathews singled sharply to right field to plate Burger with the ninth run of the day. Five pitches later, Dosch launched a grand slam home run that landed in nearly the identical spot as Sanders’ in the second inning. Kaitlyn Mathews continued the inning by tripling to centerfield, then scored on yet another bunt single by Sapp. Paris led by two touchdowns 14-0 heading into the home half of the fourth.
Kaitlyn Mathews continued her mind-blowing season at the plate as she was 3-for-4 with a triple and two singles. She is now batting an absurd .608 on the year. Dosch drove in four runs, including her fourth inning grand slam and a single. Sapp had two singles and drove in two. Sanders drove in a pair with her fourth round-tripper of the season. Todd, Burger, Strow and Kendall Mathews all added singles to round out the offense.
Karley Moore pitched another gem for the Tigers, going the distance in just 70 pitches. She allowed just two runs — both unearned — on four hits while striking out eight.
Coach Jeremy Clodfelder was elated with the week that his squad completed.
“We had a really nice week playing three games on the road,” the Tiger coach said. “Georgetown is ranked in the top 10 in the Champaign News Gazette so to beat them 14-2 was big for us.”
The Tiger coach noted the Lady Tiger offense has “ been really big for us so far up and down the lineup. However, our defense seems to be what we have improved the most at every position, to go along with great pitching.”
Clodfelder praised the team’s senior leadership that “has been really productive in terms of both culture as well as performance. Aubrey(Sanders) and Brooklyn(Westerfield) have been outstanding in their roles.”
Today is a big day for the Lady Tigers as they host the Route 1 Showdown. Paris will play Robinson at 1 p.m. at the high school, while Marshall and Georgetown square off at Roberts Field at the same time. The losers from the first two games will face each other in the third place game at Roberts Field at 3 p.m., with the two winners playing for the championship at the high school at the same time.
Paris 8, Riverton Parke 1
MONTEZUMA, Ind. — It does not matter which state the Lady Tigers play in at the moment — they just continue to win.
Paris ran their winning streak to eight games on Wednesday afternoon with an 8-1 victory over the Riverton-Parke Lady Panthers.
Paris pounded out 16 hits in the contest, wasting little time in lighting up the scoreboard. Carlei Sapp drew a one-out walk and advanced on a single by Sydney Fox. Aubrey Sanders plated the first run of the game with an RBI single to center field. Fox came in to score on an error off the bat of Katrina Strow giving the Lady Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Both teams went quietly over the next two innings. Kaitlyn Mathews led off the top of the fourth with a single to left, Sapp reached on a bunt single and both came in to score on a triple off the bat of Whitney Todd. Fox hit the very next pitch up the middle for an RBI single. Sanders knocked in her second run of the game with a double to left. Strow singled on the next pitch and Kendall Mathews executed a perfect squeeze bunt to make it 7-0. Kaitlyn Mathews finished the rally off with an RBI single to left.
Leading the hit parade for Paris was Kaitlyn Mathews with four hits and an RBI. Sanders had a double, two singles, and two RBIs on the afternoon. Todd had a triple, a single and two runs batted in while Fox had a pair of hits and drove in one. Kendall Mathews drove in one with her two hits while Sapp, Strow and Brooklyn Westerfield each added a single.
Kaitlyn Mathews went seven strong innings, allowing just one run while scattering seven hits. She walked four and struck out five.
Paris 14, GTRF 2
GEORGETOWN — The Paris Lady Tigers took advantage of some wild pitching from the Georgetown-Ridge Farm Buffaloes Tuesday afternoon to earn a 14-2 victory in a non-conference affair.
Paris capitalized on nine walks, a hit batsman and five Buffalo errors to cruise to the win.
A dropped third strike and a walk put two Lady Tigers on base with just one out in the top of the first inning. Following a double-steal by Whitney Todd and Carlei Sapp, Sydney Fox singled to bring the pair home. Aubrey Sanders followed that up with a single of her own to plate Fox and give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
Paris went quietly in the second inning, then scratched out a run with two outs in the third. Three consecutive walks following a single by Fox gave the Tigers the 4-1 lead. Georgetown added a run in their half of the third inning making the score 4-2. That would be as close as the Buffaloes would get the remainder of the game.
The top of the fourth inning began with a walk to Kelsie Dosch. She was then forced out on a sacrifice bunt. Kaitlyn Mathews then hit a towering home run to left field to make it 6-2. A pair of walks and an error led to two more runs in the inning for Paris.
In the top of the fifth, the wheels completely fell off for Georgetown. A pair of walks to Brooklyn Westerfield and Kaitlyn Mathews set up a sacrifice bunt situation for Carlei Sapp. After laying down the perfect bunt, the Georgetown pitcher threw wildly to first, allowing two runs to score. Todd then drove in a run with a single and she scored on yet another error. Sanders then ripped the first pitch that she saw over the left field fence to make it 14-2.
Kaitlyn Mathews and Sanders led the hit parade for Paris as each collected a two-run homer in the game. Sanders added an RBI single. Katrina Strow tripled, Fox had a pair of singles and drove in two and Todd added an RBI single of her own.
Karley Moore went the distance for Paris, allowing two runs — one earned — on six hits. She walked one and struck out eight in five innings.
Paris wins 2 in tourney
EFFINGHAM — The Paris Lady Tiger softball team continued their historic start to the season last Saturday, April 6, as they swept a pair of games in the Effingham St. Anthony Invitational Tournament.
Paris opened with a 9-4 victory over the host school, then capped off their day with a 19-4 drubbing of Okaw Valley.
In the opener, Paris scored in each of the first five innings of the game and cruised to victory. Kaitlyn Mathews doubled on the first pitch of the game but was forced out at third on a fielder’s choice. Aubrey Sanders came through with a two-out single to give the Tigers their first run. Kendall Mathews led off the top of the second inning with a single, stole second and came in to score on an RBI single from her sister Kaitlyn.
Paris added five runs in the third inning, with the big blow being a three-run homer off the bat of Kaitlyn Mathews. Kelsie Dosch and Brooklyn Westerfield also had RBI singles in the inning.
Along with her big day at the plate, Kaitlyn Mathews earned the victory on the mound as she threw all seven innings. She allowed four runs — three earned — on seven hits. She walked two and struck out four.
She also helped herself at the plate as she was 3-for-4 with a single, double and home run to go along with four RBI’s. Westerfield added three singles and an RBI, Dosch had a pair of hits and drove in one and Kendall Mathews, Carlei Sapp, Whitney Todd, Sydney Fox, Katrina Strow and Sanders each had a single.
In game two against Okaw Valley, the Lady Tigers plated 13 runs in the home half of the first, and added a pair of runs in each of the next three innings to earn the 19-4 win.
Four Lady Tigers homered in the contest — Sara Burger, Sydney Fox, Aubrey Sanders and Kendall Mathews. Kaitlyn Mathews had a triple and a single, Todd had a single and a pair of RBI’s, Alex Wininger had a triple and Westerfield added a base hit.
Sami Potter started for the Tigers and earned the victory. She went 3.1 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. She walked one, hit two and struck out three. Burger finished the fourth inning and allowed just a walk.