Paris wins regional title

By Jeff Chambers
Posted 6/7/21

The Paris Lady Tigers took care of business, winning only the second regional softball title in school history, downing Shelbyville 5-1 at the PHS softball diamond.

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Paris wins regional title


The Paris Lady Tigers took care of business, winning only the second regional softball title in school history, downing Shelbyville 5-1 at the PHS softball diamond.

The Lady Tigers advanced to the title game by defeating Pana by the score of 12-2 to advance to the Regional championship on Friday. Paris will face Shelbyville who upset Robinson 6-2 in eight innings for the title.

In the semifinal, Both teams had the opportunity to establish huge leads in the first inning with Pana loading the bases with nobody out against the Tigers. The visiting Panthers were able to scratch out two runs to grab a 2-0 lead heading to the bottom of the first. More damage could have occurred though as they left the bases loaded. The same could be said for the Lady Tigers as they loaded the bases, but were only able to scratch out one run. They too left the bases loaded.

Paris tied things up in the bottom of the second inning on a solo home run off the bat of Whitney Todd. The score remained that way until the bottom of the fourth inning.

Kaitlyn Coombes led the fourth inning off with a walk. Kendall Mathews smashed the first pitch of her at-bat over the wall in center field to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead. Becca Minor drew a

one-out walk followed by a single and an error off the bat of Karley Moore. Her hard-hit grounder made it all the way to the fence allowing Minor to score and Moore to advance to third.

One pitch later, Sara Burger singled to center and advanced to second on an overthrow. Kelsie Dosch singled to put runners at the corners with one out. Emma Kemper worked a six pitch at-bat with runners at second and third before flying deep to left. The left fielder misplayed the ball bringing home a pair as Kemper scampered to third. Todd came through once again with a stand-up triple to right field to make it 9-2. Coombes dropped a perfect squeeze bunt to bring Todd home. Next up was Mathews with her second at-bat of the inning. The junior centerfielder crushed a 3-1 pitch over the center field fence for her second two-run shot of the inning.

Besides her two home runs, Mathews also singled, scored three times and drove in four to lead the 11-hit attack for the Lady Tigers. Todd added a triple, a home run, and two RBI’s in three trips to the plate. Moore, Coombes, Kemper, Dosch, Burger, and Jayden Bishop all singled to round out the offense.

Following a shaky first inning, Moore settled in and shut Pana down the rest of the way. The junior hurler allowed two unearned runs on five hits. She walked one and struck out 10.


Paris 12, robinson 9

A hard fought 12-9 victory capped off the Paris Lady Tigers’ regular season on Tuesday, June 1. The win over  Robinson Maroons leaves them with a 14-4 record, and a 7-1 mark in the Little Illini Conference.

Robinson scored a run in each of the first three innings, followed by four in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Heading into the bottom of the fifth, the game was tied, but Paris put on a strong showing at the plate, holding on to take the win.

The ball was flying out of the park, with each team tallying three home runs. For the Tigers, Kendall Mathews, Kelsie Dosch and Whitney Todd each homered. In addition to her home run, Mathews added a pair of singles and two RBIs. Todd also hit a single and an RBI to go along with her home run.

Sara Burger was a perfect four-for-four at the plate with a double, three singles and five runs plated. Becca Minor had a double, a single and an RBI for the Tigers.

Over the course of five innings, Burger also earned the victory on the mound. She allowed eight earned runs but struck out seven Maroon batters. Zoe Sanders was in the circle for the final two innings,.

Paris 10, Olney 0

OLNEY — The Paris Lady Tigers softball team shut down the competition on Monday, May 31, when they traveled to Olney. Paris took the game at a score of 10-0.

With junior pitcher Karley Moore producing her second no-hitter of the season, the Lady Tigers did not need much offense to defeat their opponent. Moore struck out six and walked just one to complete her dominant outing.

Regardless, Paris kept busy at the plate all game long. The Tigers scored four in the first inning, three in the third, one in the fourth, and two more in the fifth to secure the victory.

The decisive blow in the contest came in the top of the first inning as senior catcher Kelsie Dosch delivered a three-run home run.