It wasn’t all that long ago that Paris faced their rival, the Subiaco Academy Trojans, only to rack up strikeout after strikeout in route to a lopsided loss.
On Monday, April 9, they traveled a few miles east to try and even the season series. Initially, the game was close, with Paris taking the early lead and senior Kris Graham dominating on the mound. Graham would also do some damage with the bat, as he and James Potts both went five for five at the plate, with Graham adding two doubles to his resume. Paris broke it open in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring six runs in each and ending the game early on a run rule. It was a stark contrast from the previous game where Paris struggled to get a hit.
With their first win under their belt, the Eagles traveled to Waldron but left their hot bats at home. They only had five hits on the evening, three coming from Toby Inman. Destin Davis, who has been very solid in previous outings, found the going tough on the road and Mansfield took advantage. The relief pitching gave up the back-breaking runs, with six runs in the sixth to end the game early with the score 14-1.
With weather looming, Paris moved up their doubleheader on the road at Cedarville to Thursday. Coach Clint Baxter had to be wondering which team would show up. Inman took the mound and took control. After two innings, Paris had a 5-1 lead and never looked back. Inman had six strikeouts picking up the win, and Graham had three hits, including one that landed outside the fence for his second home run of the season. They would quickly turn around for the second game, a tough task in with the pitch-count limits enforced by the AAA in baseball.
Sophomore Destin Davis answered the call, throwing five full innings and striking out six while Graham, Potts, and Inman took care of business at the plate. Potts and Inman each went four for five while Graham added three hits of his own. As it usually goes in doubleheaders, you have to outscore your opponents, and the Eagles did just that, winning 11-7 for their third win of the week.
It was a huge transition for the Eagles, finding the winning column and changing their outlook on conference play as the postseason nears. At 3-11 on the season, the Eagles head into the final two weeks with renewed hope and a lot of experience for young players. They will play at Charleston and at Atkins before hosting Booneville on Friday for the last scheduled regular season matchup.