The Paris Eagle’s High School baseball team has kicked off its season and found the road to be one full of quality opposition.
With Coach Clint Baxter leading the team through the early season schedule without several starters and significant contributors, the start has not been a desirable one. Several starters were still playing in the state basketball tournament when the season started, and it has slowed the progress of the team.
They have, however, began a process of team growth and improvement lately.
They opened with losses to Danville, Dardanelle, Perryville, and Ozark, all on the road. Their first home game was against local rival Subiaco Academy, another team off to a rough start. Paris started Toby Inman, who after giving up a run in the first inning, was essentially un-hittable, not giving up another earned run in the 9-2 win.
New this year has a pitch count calculation that must be kept, documented, and submitted to the Arkansas Activities Association. Any pitcher going over 30 pitches must have at least one day off, with the scale moving up with the number of pitches thrown. Inman threw around 85 pitches against Subiaco Academy, meaning he could not take the mound for three days. With young talent coming along, the Eagles have a lot of player development to do.
A night later they faced a Mansfield team that jumped out to an early lead. Paris charged back, making it close, before errors and pitching woes led to a 19-9 loss to Mansfield. This young team is improving, but to make any noise in the conference, the young guys will have to make significant strides to help fill voids and cut down on defensive errors.
Paris will host Atkins and Waldron before an extended time of rest and prep through the spring break schedule. Coach Jason Binz followed though with his commitment to the FFA fundraising campaign, coaching the Subiaco game in a blue lilt and blue beard. It was certainly a point of conversation and spoke highly of the program Paris has established and the engagement of the faculty. Look of this young Eagle team to grow and develop as the season progresses and string together conference victories.