Going into the fourth inning the Paris Eagles were trailing the Mansfield Tigers by only one run and looked to be getting into the groove as they had just scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning. However; walks, errors, hit batters, and a general falling apart by the Eagles in the top of the fourth allowed the Tigers to plate eight runs and dash all hopes for the Eagles.
Thirteen Tigers went to the plate in the top of the fourth inning and eight of them crossed the plate to put the Eagles in an 11-2 deficit with a lot of work to do to stay in the game.
The Eagles did not make any dent in the Tigers’ lead in the bottom of the fourth as only three batters went to the plate with two of them striking out and the third hitting a pop fly to the left fielder.
Jake Schneider took the ball in the fifth inning to try to keep the Tigers from getting any more runs. Unfortunately, the first batter hit a shot over the left field fence and then Schneider gave up three hits that led to two more runs before the third out could recorded, bringing the score to 14-2 going into the bottom of the fifth.
Justin Hibbs started off the fifth with a walk and Wyatt Nehus ripped a two out double to the right center gap putting runners in scoring position for the Eagles. Logan Nieves put the ball in play but the Tiger outfielder ran the fly down for the third out of the inning and the end to the game.
Paris’ two runs came in the bottom of the third inning. Schneider drew a one out walk followed by a single from Gage Hampton. Nehus then tripled to score Schneider and Hampton. Nehus got caught up in a run down when Nieves put the ball in play to the right side of the infield. Unfortunately Nehus was tagged out but Nieves wound up on second giving the Eagles another runner in scoring position. David Buchanan got good wood on the ball but the center fielder was able to chase down the fly ball for the third out of the inning.
The Eagles will be back in action this week as they travel to Lavaca to take on the Golden Arrows. They will also be hosting the Lamar Warriors some time this week to make up for a rain out game last week.
Mansfield 2 0 1 8 3 - 14
Paris 0 0 2 0 0 - 2