The Paris Eagles played a major league type schedule last week, playing five games in five days. One difference, they don’t have the luxury of five starting pitchers and a deep bullpen.
The week started on the road at Cedarville, and, as he has been on normal rest, Junior Toby Inman was virtually unhittable. With the busy week ahead, he was exactly what they needed, efficient though five innings, allowing only one hit, which could have been ruled either way according to many. Either way, he was not going to pitch a complete game so he would be available for the busy week.
The Eagles took an early lead, but the game was still in question until they put up three runs in the seventh to seal the win. Kris Graham was three for three with three runs scored. In the 6-1 win, the lone run was unearned.
When Atkins traveled to Paris, the game flow was completely different. Before many could even get settled, Atkins had put three over the fence and taken an early lead. For Atkins, Jackson would put one out in the first and second innings, racking up four RBIs, and Atkins had a commanding 8-1 lead after two innings.
The Eagles were balancing pitch counts for the busy week, and platooning players to get the best from their staff. Four pitchers took the mound on the evening, and Jake Schneider went the longest in relief, throwing 3 1/3 innings.
The Eagles rallied back with a vengeance, scoring four in the fifth and three in the seventh, leaving the tying runs on base as the game came to a 10-8 final. The Eagles committed only one error on the evening, and Jake Schneider led at the plate as well, going two for four with three RBIs.
A day later they traveled 20 miles west to face their rival Charleston. The Eagles took a big lead early, putting up six runs in the second inning. Charleston would rally back against what had to be a tiring pitching staff, with two runs in the third, five more in the fourth, and the back breaking four in the sixth that spoiled the hot bats of the Eagles.
It was a back and forth affair all evening, with Charleston taking the 12-10 win. Toby Inman would go five for five at the plate and three RBIs. There would be little time to think on what might have been from two close losses, as the Eagles would travel to Magazine for tournament play on Saturday.
Tournament play opened with Scranton, and it was a balanced match up that went back and forth for its entirety. Scranton had the early lead, and when Paris tied it in the fourth, Scranton added another int he bottom of the inning. It would stay that way until the seventh inning, when Paris put four runs on the board and took the 5-3 win.
Toby Inman kept the bat hot, again going three for four at the plate and scoring two runs. Jake Schneider pitched the complete seven innings, saving the staff for the final game. Key for the Eagles was the defense that committed no errors in the win over Scranton.
In the second game, the Eagles hosted a hot County Line team, and their fate changed. Paris pitched their young staff, and after one inning, it looked like it would be another close affair. However, nine defensive errors led to 13 runs in the second and third innings, giving the pitchers no opportunity for the win in a game called early in a 14-1 County Line win.