MATTOON — In their final regular-season game of the year, the Paris Tiger baseball team fell to the Taylorville Tornadoes 9-2 Thursday afternoon, May 16, in a game played at Lake Land College.
Paris wrapped up its 2019 campaign with an 18-15 record overall and a 4-4 mark in the Little Illini Conference. The Tigers — seeded ninth in the Class 2A regional — will host the Danville Vikings who are seeded 10th at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Paris High School.
The Tigers just could not string anything together against their former Apollo Conference foe Thursday as they collected seven hits, drew four walks, but stranded nine baserunners on the day.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the top of the third inning, Jude Sullivan hit the first of his three doubles with one out in the frame. Caleb Gates roped a single to left to score Sullivan and tie the score at 1-1.
The tie score was short lived, however, as Taylorville scored a pair of unearned runs in their half of the third to grab a 3-1 lead that they would not relinquish. Paris scored its final run of the game in the top of the seventh as Sullivan led off with his school record 20th double of the season. Gates once again brought him in with the senior’s fourth hit of the day to arrive at the 9-2 count.
Gates had a double and three singles in four trips to the plate and drove in the only runs of the day for the Tigers. Sullivan stroked three doubles and score both runs for Paris. Those two were the only players to record hits on the afternoon.
Trying to conserve pitching for Monday’s post season opener, Coach Creighton Tarr used five pitchers in Thursday’s contest. Gates went two innings allowing one run on two hits. He walked one, hit a batter and struck out two. Freshman Zach Farnham tossed 1.1 innings, allowing four runs — two earned — on three hits. Blayne Roberts did not record an out allowing two runs on three hits. Mitchell Worrell allowed two runs — one earned — on three hits while striking out one in 1.2 innings of work. Karson Martin pitched a perfect sixth inning as he struck out two.
Danville, Paris, Effingham, Mattoon, and Champaign Centennial will be in town beginning Monday for the IHSA Class 3A regionals. Effingham, seeded second, will face the winner of the Paris-Danville game at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 22. Third-seeded Mattoon and sixth seed Champaign will square off at 6:30 p.m. the same day. The regional championship game will be played at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25. The IHSA mandates a $5 admission fee for all fans in attendance.
Tigers win senior night 14-4
The Paris Tigers hosted the Clinton Maroons Wednesday, May 15, in the final regular season home game, defeating the visitors in six innings 14-4.
Wednesday also marked the final home game for three Tiger players as Jacob Gates, Caleb Gates and Eric Speicher celebrated Senior Night.
Paris grabbed the lead just seven pitches into the game as Mason Hutchings led off with a triple to right. He came home on an RBI groundout by Jude Sullivan to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers busted the game open in the home half of the second inning as JT Johnson led off with a single. Following a pair of strikeouts, it appeared that Clinton would escape with just one run deficit. Jacob Gates singled to right, however, followed by a pop up by Bryan Kohlmeyer to third base side — which should have been the third out of the inning. Fortunately for the Tigers, the ball bounced out of the defender’s glove and Johnson hustled home all the way from second to score the unearned run. Two pitches later, Hutchings connected for the first homerun of his career to give the Tigers a 5-0 lead. Sullivan followed by doubling off the right field fence scoring on a single by Caleb Gates for the final run of the inning.
Blayne Roberts ripped a one-out single in the bottom of the third inning, then scored on a triple by Garrett King. Jacob Gates was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners with one out. Kohlmeyer doubled down the left field line to bring King home. Hutchings collected his third hit of the day as he beat out an infield single to make the score 9-2.
Hutchings fell just a double short of hitting for the cycle as he was 4-for-4 with a home run, a triple and a pair of singles. The sophomore drove in a career-high five runs from the leadoff spot. King had a triple and a single driving in one run in the game. Roberts added a double and a single. Sullivan and Kohlmeyer each drove in one run with a double and Caleb Gates, Brock Minor, Johnson, Jacob Gates, and Hudson Hollis each added a single.
Minor earned the victory going 2.1 innings. He allowed a pair of runs on two hits, hitting four batters, walking one and strucking out two. Zach Farnham finished the third and fourth innings for Paris allowing no runs on no hits. He hit a batter, walked one and struck out three. King completed two innings of work allowing two earned runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out three. Caleb Gates got the final out of the game as he struck out the only batter he faced on three pitches.
Paris downs westville
A change of venue for a non-conference game may have been just what the Paris Tiger baseball team needed Saturday, May 11.
Coming off of a week that saw them lose two-out-of-three games, the Tiger bats exploded for 17 runs in a 17-6 victory over Westville in a game played at Laker Stadium. The game was moved from the high school so the Little League Challengers could make their season debut following the contest.
Paris scored at least two runs in every inning of the game halted by the 10-run rule in the fifth. The first two runs for the Tigers came with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. Caleb Gates and Brock Minor each drew a walk, then both came home on a double off of the bat of JT Johnson to give Paris a 2-0 lead.
Bryan Kohlmeyer led off the second inning with a double down the left field line. Following a sacrifice bunt by Karson Martin, Mason Hutchings singled to right to plate Kohlmeyer. Jude Sullivan followed suit with a single to right of his own to score Hutchings. Gates doubled to left, then Minor singled to make it 6-0 Tigers. Johnson hit his second consecutive double to bring Minor home. Blayne Roberts connected on an RBI double to center field, then he came in to score on a double by Garrett King to cap off the seven-run second inning.
Kohlmeyer led the 15-hit attack for the Tigers with a pair of doubles, a single, and three RBI’s. Johnson drove in three runs as well with a pair of two-baggers. King, Caleb Gates, and Jacob Gates each had a double and a run batted in. Sullivan drove in one run with a pair of singles. Reese Wagoner, Roberts, and Hudson Hollis each added a single and an RBI.
Minor earned the victory on the mound for Paris, going two innings of scoreless ball. He allowed just one hit, walked one, and struck out two. Mitchell Worrell allowed three runs in his only inning of work on four hits. Johnson also allowed three runs on two hits in a third of an inning. He walked three and struck out one. Sullivan finished the fourth inning not allowing a baserunner. Zach Farnham struck out one in his only inning of work.
T-Town 10, Paris 6
TEUTOPOLIS — The Paris Tiger baseball team travelled to Teutopolis Monday afternoon, May 13, to face the perennially powerful Wooden Shoes, falling to the hosts 10-6.
Trailing 7-0 heading into the top of the fifth inning, the Tigers managed to outscore the Shoes 6-3 over the final two innings, but the comeback fell short. With the loss, Paris falls to 17-14 on the season.
Paris began their scoring as Mason Hutchings stroked a one-out single, then advanced to second on a walk to Jude Sullivan. The Tigers then took advantage of one of five errors by the host team as Brock Minor reached on an error by the T-Town shortstop.
JT Johnson and Sam Mays both reached on errors to start the sixth inning. Garrett King reached on yet another error, with this one allowing Johnson to score the third run for the Tigers. Karson Martin and Bryan Kohlmeyer were each hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. Hutchings then drew a walk to force King home and make the score 10-5. Caleb Gates beat out an infield single to bring home the final run for the visitors.
King had a huge day at the plate, pounding out a pair of doubles and a single in four plate appearances. Hutchings, Caleb Gates, and Jacob Gates each singled to account for all of the Tiger offense.
Sullivan was saddled with the loss, going 2.1 innings in the contest. He allowed five runs — three earned — on three hits. He walked three and struck out two. King finished the third inning allowing a pair of runs on one hit and three bases on balls. Gates worked a scoreless inning giving up one hit, two walks, and striking out two. Mitchell Worrell allowed three runs — one earned — on three hits in his only inning of work. Johnson tossed a scoreless sixth inning allowing a pair of walks.