Knowing that they had already wrapped up the school’s first-ever Little Illini Conference title on Wednesday, the Paris Lady Tiger softball team set out to finish their championship with a perfect mark.
They accomplished their mission, clobbering the Flora Wolfgals 17-2 to put a cap on a perfect 8-0 season in the LIC. Their overall record sits at 26-2 heading into the final week of the regular season.
Kaitlyn Mathews led off the game with a walk before senior Aubrey Sanders crushed a 1-1 pitch over the left field fence for a two-run home run. Sydney Fox walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Katrina Strow. Whitney Todd tripled to center to plate Fox, before scoring on a double by Kelsie Dosch. Brooklyn Westerfield then took her turn to shine on Senior Night as the four-year starter tripled to right to make it 6-0. Following a walk to Kaitlyn Mathews, Carlei Sapp doubled to left to bring in a pair and make it 8-0.
Keeping their foot on the accelerator, the Lady Tigers added nine more runs in the bottom of the second. A single by Fox, a walk to Todd, and an infield hit by Kendall Mathews loaded the bases with just one out. Dosch beat out an infield hit to bring in the ninth run of the game. Westerfield slapped a bunt past the pitcher to bring home Todd, then Kaitlyn Mathews singled to right to bring home two more. The inning was capped off by an inside-the-park home run by Strow that scored two more runs and made it 17-1.
Dosch led the 16-hit attack for the Lady Tigers as she was three-for-three and drove in three. Kaitlyn Mathews, Todd, and Westerfield each had a triple and a single and a pair of RBI’s. Sapp had a double and a single and she drove in three; Sanders drove in four with a home run; and Fox and Kendall Mathews each had a single.
Karley Moore earned her 12th win of the season going four innings of two-hit ball. She allowed two unearned runs on two hits. She walked one and struck out eight. Moore has struck out 26 batters in her last 11 innings of work.
The Lady Tigers had continued to roll through opponents earlier the week as they defeated Hutsonville/Palestine 12-2 in five innings.
Paris scored one in the first, two in the third, then exploded for nine combined runs in the fourth and fifth innings to earn the win via the 10-run rule.
Kaitlyn Mathews led off the game with a walk, promptly stole second, then scored on a single by Aubrey Sanders to give Paris the 1-0 lead. Paris surrendered two in the top of the third inning to trail 2-1.
That deficit lasted all of three batters as Brooklyn Westerfield reached on a dropped third strike to start the third. After stealing second base, she came in to score on a bunt single and an error off the bat of Carlei Sapp. Sapp immediately stole second and took third on a wild pitch. Sydney Fox singled to center, giving Paris a 3-2 lead.
Kendall Mathews led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to third. Kelsie Dosch was hit by a pitch and Westerfield reached on a bunt single to load the bases with nobody out. Kaitlyn Mathews hit a fly ball to score two runs before Sapp layed down a squeeze bunt to plate Westerfield. Aubrey Sanders drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to center, and Fox drove in the eighth run with a sacrifice bunt.
Sapp had three singles and an RBI to lead the 12-hit attack for the Lady Tigers. Sanders drove in four runs with a pair of singles; Kendall Mathews had a two-run home run and a single to drive in three on the day. Todd had a triple and Kaitlyn Mathews, Fox, Strow, and Westerfield each had a single.
Sara Burger earned the win on the mound for Paris as she went five innings allowing just two runs. She scattered four hits, walked two, and struck out eight in earning her third win on the season.
Paris 9, Lawrenceville 0
LAWRENCEVILLE — The Lady Tigers defeated the Lawrenceville Lady Indians on Monday afternoon 9-0.
Kendall Mathews began the second inning with awalk, followed by a single off the bat of Kelsie Dosch. With two outs, Kaitlyn Mathews doubled to left field to clear the bases and give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. One pitch later, Mathews jogged home as Carlei Sapp crushed the first offering she saw over the left field fence for a two-run homer.
A walk to Sydney Fox, a single by Katrina Strow, and a walk to Whitney Todd loaded the bases with nobody out. Following a strikeout and a fielder’s choice it looked as though the Tigers would waste a golden opportunity to pad their lead until Brooklyn Westerfield pushed a bunt past the mound to bring home the fifth run. A pair of wild pitches made the score 7-0 in favor of Paris after three innings.
Kaitlyn Mathews had a double, a triple and drove in two to lead the Tigers in offense. Along with her two-run home run, Sapp added an RBI single to drive in three on the day. Dosch had a double and a single, and Strow and Westerfield each added base hits.
Behind a stellar pitching performance by freshman Karley Moore, the Lady Tigers left little doubt as to who the best team in the conference is. Moore struck out a career-high 18 batters in seven innings. She allowed just two baserunners while giving up a walk and a single.