In what may have been their toughest week of the season, the Paris Eagle baseball team found themselves on the receiving end of lopsided losses.
Pitching woes have hurt the Eagles all season, with the new pitch count rules that limit the availability of the staff. This team is young, and the rotation is not built for this style of play. As we saw this week, most games result in platooning the pitching staff in hopes of availability for future games.
Hosting Booneville on Monday, the Eagles gave up the run early and were simply in survival mode to preserve arms for the following games. Paris gave up four in the first, six in the second, and trailed 10-2 after two innings.
It got worse from there, as Booneville put up eight more in the third in route to a 23-3 win, smashing 29 total hits. The Eagles lone hit was a two run homer from Aaron Sheffield. Paris would send six pitchers to the mound to complete five innings of play.
Freshman Destin Davis would take the mound Tuesday against Ozark. After the Hillbillies put up three runs in the first inning, the Eagles would follow with three in the second. It would stay that way until Ozark put up one in the fifth, one in the sixth, and a game clinching four in the seventh. Paris would take the 9-4 loss on the evening, pitching a more efficient game, using only Davis and Kris Graham for the game, and allowing only four earned runs. Jake Schneider went 3 of 4 at the plate, falling a homer short of hitting for the cycle.
Thursday, the Eagles traveled to Mansfield hoping to turn around their streak of lopsided losses. Early, the game was looking to be a close contest, with both teams posting in the first and then a scoreless second.
In the third, it fell apart for the Eagles. Mansfield would put up 11 runs in the inning and then follow it up with four more in the fourth. In an odd turn around, the Eagles committed no errors on the evening and Mansfield turned 16 hits into 16 runs. For Paris, Kris Graham and Aaron Sheffield went 2 for 3 at the plate in the 16-3 loss.
Paris will have an easier schedule this week, as they go to Waldron and Subiaco Academy, and then return home to play Cedarville.