Tigers clinch LIC title

Paris caps off a 10-game winning streak by blowing out Robinson 14-0 for championship

By Jeff Chambers prairiepresssports@gmail.com
Posted 6/7/21

The Paris Tigers capped off a 10-game winning streak by capturing the conference title outright on Tuesday, June 1. In a statement performance, the Tigers routed the Robinson Maroons 14-0, bringing …

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Tigers clinch LIC title

Paris caps off a 10-game winning streak by blowing out Robinson 14-0 for championship

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The Paris Tigers capped off a 10-game winning streak by capturing the conference title outright on Tuesday, June 1. In a statement performance, the Tigers routed the Robinson Maroons 14-0, bringing the PHS regular season record to 22-3 overall and 7-1 in the LIC.

Scoring started early for the Tigers. Mason Hutchings took the first pitch he saw over the centerfielder’s head for a lead-off double. Two batters later Bryan Kohlmeyer earned a double of his own, bringing Hutchings home. Not to be outdone, Hunter Cash roped a double to right for yet another run-scoring double. With two outs, Nate Hollingsworth reached on an error to bring home the third run of the inning.

The Tiger offense continued to outdo themselves in the second. Drew Pinkston singled to left to bring home a pair of runs before advancing to third on a single from Hollingsworth. Following a substitution on the mound, JT Johnson singled to center to bring home the sixth run of the game.

The Maroon relief pitcher struggled to find the strike zone resulting in four more runs without a single hit. Consecutive walks to Garrett King, Zach Farnham, Hutchings, Jude Sullivan and Kohlmeyer made the score 10-0.

Paris put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fourth when Reese Wagoner singled to center, pulling in the Tigers’ 12th run. Chance Lehman followed with a single to right, earning two RBIs and completing the 14-0 shutout.

For the second straight game, the Tigers rapped out 16 hits in only five innings. Hutchings, Cash, Pinkston, Johnson, King and Hollingsworth each had two hits. Wagoner drove home a runner, while Kohlmeyer, Lehman and Zach Farnham plated two apiece. 

Cash put on a clinic at the mound, striking out five of the first six batters he faced. In four scoreless innings, Cash struck out eight, lowering his team-leading earned run average to 0.77. Lehman closed out the game with a perfect fifth inning, striking out one.

Only one Maroon batter made it on base during the game.


Paris 14, Olney 3

OLNEY — Following a slight delay, the Paris Tigers baseball squad traveled to Olney to compete in a conference matchup on Monday, May 31. The Tigers completely dominated Olney, winning 14-3 in five innings.

As in most of their 21 victories this season, the Tigers got off to a fast start.

Jude Sullivan doubled down the right field line before Bryan Kohlmeyer brought him home with an RBI single to center. Hunter Cash and Drew Pinkston both followed suit with a single to load the bases. With two outs it appeared that Olney might escape the inning with only a one-run deficit, but JT Johnson had other ideas. Johnson laced a bases-clearing double to give the visiting Tigers a 4-0 lead.

Never a team to take their foot off the accelerator, the Tigers added a pair of runs in the second inning. Mason Hutchings reached on a one-out single. Later, Kohlmeyer singled to right on a play where a pair of throwing errors allowed Hutchings to score all the way from first. Cash earned another base hit to score Kohlmeyer, making the score 6-0.

The Tigers were quiet in the third inning but came back in the fourth with another pair of runs. With runners at the corners and only one out, Nate Hollingsworth sent a hard single to center field, bringing home the Tigers’ seventh run. Johnson grounded out on a fielder’s choice to score Pinkston to close out the inning.

Olney tried to close the gap in the fourth, pushing three runs across the plate to make the score 8-3. Nevertheless, it was not enough to overcome the visitors.

Olney allowed two Paris hitters on base. Consecutive walks to Kohlmeyer and Cash brought home the ninth run and left the bases loaded with just one out. Pinkston doubled down the left field line to bring in a pair of runs just before Hollingsworth hit his second straight RBI single to make it 12-3.

Johnson kept the Tigers rolling with a single to center, scoring Pinkston. Finally, Garrett King capped off the Tiger scoring with an RBI single to make it 14-3.

Eight of the nine starters for the Tigers earned at least one hit on the day. Pinkston and Kohlmeyer led the way, each finishing with three hits in three trips to the plate. Pinkston, Kohlmeyer, Hollingsworth and Cash brought home two runners each, while Johnson earned an impressive five RBIs. After five innings, the Tigers had 16 hits at the plate.

On the mound, Sullivan also earned the win by going four innings and allowing three unearned runs on four hits and a strikeout.

Chance Lehman pitched the fifth inning, allowing no runs with a pair of walks.