Paris beats Neoga 18-6

By Jeff Chambers Special to The Prairie Press
Posted 5/3/21

The Paris Tiger baseball team stayed unbeaten Monday afternoon, April 26, by defeating Neoga 18-6 on a blustery day at Tiger Field.

Paris moved to 5-0 on the year while Neoga fell to 3-4 following …

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Paris beats Neoga 18-6


The Paris Tiger baseball team stayed unbeaten Monday afternoon, April 26, by defeating Neoga 18-6 on a blustery day at Tiger Field.

Paris moved to 5-0 on the year while Neoga fell to 3-4 following the contest.

With a steady 20-25 mile-per-hour wind blowing straight out to left, both teams knew run potential was high. The two squads did not disappoint. Both teams combined to score 20 runs in the first three innings before cooling off somewhat over the last two.

Things got rolling in the home half of the first inning as Mason Hutchings led off with a single followed by a walk to Jude Sullivan. Junior Bryan Kohlmeyer brought them both in with his first career home run over the left field fence to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead. Hunter Cash followed that blast with a double to right before Drew Pinkston reached on an error by the Neoga second baseman. Both baserunners scored without the benefit of a hit as JT Johnson grounded out to bring Cash home, with Pinkston scoring on a wild pitch.

When the dust settled, the Tigers held a 5-0 lead. That lead was short-lived though as the Indians pushed five runs across in the top of the second inning to tie things up at five apiece.

Hutchings reached on an error to start the second inning, scoring on a double to left off the bat of Sullivan. Kohlmeyer walked to put two runners on with just one out. Pinkston crushed the first pitch that he saw over the wall in left for a three-run home run, the first of his career as well. Paris led 9-5 at that point.

The Tigers scored six runs in the bottom of the third to put the game out of reach. Garrett King singled then Reese Wagoner walked to put two on with nobody out. King scored on an RBI single by Hutchings. Kohlmeyer drew his second consecutive walk to load the bases. Cash stroked a double to the left-centerfield

gap scoring a pair of runs, then Pinkston did the same to bring in two more runs.

Pinkston had a huge day at the plate as he homered, doubled and drove in five runs. Hutchings had a triple, two singles and a pair of RBIs. Sullivan and Cash each had a pair of doubles and two RBIs apiece while Kohlmeyer plated three with his blast in the first inning. Landon Englum, King, Wagoner, and Johnson each singled to round out the Tiger offense.

Zach Farnham started on the mound for the Tigers but could not get out of the second inning. He allowed five runs on five hits, walking three and striking out two. Sullivan tossed three strong innings to earn the victory. He allowed just one unearned run on a pair of hits. He hit two batters, walked one and struck out four. Johnson got the final two outs, one via the strikeout.

The Tigers traveled to Charleston (8-1) to face the Trojans Friday, April 30, and the team hosts the Robinson Maroons 10 a.m. today, May 1, in a non-conference doubleheader.


Paris sweeps Knights in double-header

The Paris Tiger baseball team played host to the Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond squad in a non-conference double-header April 24.

Paris swept the Knights taking the first game by the score of 8-1, followed by a 10-6 victory in the nightcap. With the pair of wins, the Tigers improve to 4-0 on the young season. ALAH dropped its first two games of the year and the team’s record fell to 4-2.

The Tigers began the scoring in the home half of the first inning as senior Jude Sullivan launched the second pitch of his at-bat well beyond the fence in right-center field. That was the only run in the first, and the Tigers failed to score three or more runs in the first inning for the first time this season. The boys more than made up for that in the second frame.

Nate Hollingsworth led off the second inning with a single to center followed by a walk to JT Johnson. A key sacrifice bunt by Zach Farnham put runners at second and third with one out. Two batters later, Mason Hutchings came through with an infield single to score the second run of the game. Consecutive singles by Sullivan and Bryan Kohlmeyer made the score 4-0, before Hunter Cash cleared the bases with a triple to the fence in left field.

Paris added a pair of runs in the home half of the fourth inning when Hutchings led off with a single. He came all the way around to score on a double off the bat of Sullivan. Cash plated his third run with an RBI groundout to wrap up the scoring.

Sullivan led the way offensively with a single, a double and a home run to go along with a pair of RBIs. Cash added a single and a triple as he plated three runs in the contest. Kohlmeyer and Hutchings each had a pair of singles while driving in one run apiece. Hollingsworth and Johnson each had a single to round out the hitting.

Cash was money on the mound earning the victory after going 3.2 innings. He allowed a run (unearned) on one hit. He walked one and struck out seven. Chance Lehman finished the fourth inning as well as the fifth and sixth innings allowing no runs or hits while walking one and striking out two. Drew Pinkston pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out all three batters he faced.

In game two, the Tigers found themselves trailing for the first time all season as the Knights plated a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first. That lead lasted just a half inning as the Tigers scored three in the home half of the first to grab a 3-2 lead. Hutchings reached on an error and walks to Sullivan and Kohlmeyer loaded the bases with nobody out. Pinkston drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly to center, followed by a two RBI base hit by Hollingsworth. Paris added single runs in the second and third innings to take a 5-2 lead into the fourth.

ALAH tied things up in the top of the fourth inning, and things remained that way until the bottom of the sixth. It appeared the Tigers would go quietly in the inning until Reese Wagoner drew a two-out walk. Hutchings then hit a sinking line drive to right field that the defender misplayed allowing Wagoner to score and Hutchings to advance to third. Sullivan was intentionally walked, and Kohlmeyer drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases. Cash drew a bases-loaded walk for the seventh run, followed by a bases-clearing double by Pinkston.

Pinkston led the offense with his double and three RBIs. Johnson added a pair of hits with Sullivan adding a double and Hollingsworth and Wagoner each adding a single.

Sullivan tossed the first two innings allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit, three walks and three strikeouts. Zach Farnham gave up one run, three hits and a pair of strikeouts in his two innings of work. Garrett King was credited with the win allowing a pair of runs on four hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out two in two innings of work. Johnson gave up one run on one hit while striking out a batter in hit one inning of work.