Eagle senior Carlos Guaderrama pitched six quality innings and went 2 for 3 from the plate but the Paris Eagle baseball team just could not keep the Atkins Red Devils from plating four runs and taking the conference game with a score of 4–3.
Dalton Nehus got things started for the Eagles in the top of the first inning when he roped a 3-1 fastball into center field. Gage Hampton reached on an error putting runners at 1st and 2nd for the Eagles. After Nehus was put out, Hampton stole second base and then came around to score on Guaderrama’s double to center. Guaderrama was left standing as the next two batters were put out, and the Eagles led 1–0.
Spradlin led off the bottom of the first for the Red Devils and drew a walk after battling through an eight pitch at bat. An errant throw by Paris’ Coronado put Spradlin at second and at third on an overthrow. Ennis then singled to center to score Spradlin tying the game at 1–1. Ennis advanced to second on a passed ball but looked to be stranded as the Eagle defense got the next two batters out. Another passed ball put Ennis at third and Hogrefe drew a walk to put runners at the corners. Yet another passed ball allowed Ennis to score and gave the Red Devils the 2–1 lead after one inning.
Atkins took a 3–2 lead in the bottom of the third. With two outs in the book and runners at the corners, Moore hit a line drive double to left to score Durail. Hogrefe was picked off at third for the third out of the inning but the Eagles trailed by one.
David Buchanan led off the top of the fourth with a walk and Casey Dishongh followed with a single. After a double steal put both runners in scoring position, Jordyn Coronado singled scoring Buchanan and leaving Dishongh at third. Coronado stole second base but the next three batters couldn’t get the ball in play leaving the runners stranded and the score tied at 3–3.
The Red Devils took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Johnston doubled to centerfield. Hogrefe then singled to put runners at the corners. Moore then hit a shot to third that Paris’ Sam Parham threw to second for an out but Gray, courtesy runner for Johnston, scored on the play giving the Red Devils a 4–3 lead that they would not relinquish.
Paris struggled at the plate in the final two innings, sending only six batters to the plate. The Red Devils played great defense and kept the Eagles from coming from behind and picked up the 4–3 conference victory.
Paris 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 -3
Atkins 2 0 1 0 1 0 x -4