All-Stars seek state berths
The three Paris Little League All-Stars teams — fresh from each winning a district title — are competing for a trip to the state tourney this week in sub-states around Illinois.
The Paris 11 and under All-Stars are hosting sub-state, a first for the local league, according to league president Kale Livesay. “We’re excited for everyone to see our great facility and see some great baseball over the next three days,” Livesay said Friday evening.
Friday’s game between Paris and Olney was delayed for about 30 minutes because of an evening thunderstorm that brought lightning and rain to Frost Field.
Once the skies cleared, the manicured field was perfect for the contest against two district winners.
Olney took the first game 9-2, breaking a 2-2 tie to take the win. Paris will host Pike County at 7 p.m. today at Frost Field. The third and final game will be played at 7 p.m. Sunday between Olney and Pike County. The top two teams advance to the state tourney, Livesay said.
“We certainly would love to see lots of Paris baseball fans come out and cheer for our team,” Livesay said. “We’ve got a great facility, new bleachers and the guys are grilling.”
In Friday’s game, Olney two-hit the Paris team. Connor Edwards knocked a two-run homer for Paris. The other hit was a single by Drake Bartos.
The 11 and under Paris All-Stars won the Champaign district tourney last weekend.
Paris 10U 9, Macomb 3
In the Mt. Sterling sub-state, the Paris 10 and under All-Stars took a victory Friday evening, downing Macomb 9-3.
The young orange and black never trailed in the game, scoring one run in each of the first and second innings, three runs in the third, two runs in the fourth and two runs in the sixth.
The Paris team held Macomb scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning when the opponents pushed across three runs.
Brody Sanders started on the mound for Paris and threw 5 1/3 inning, allowing no runs on no hits while fanning 12 batters. Sanders did not issue a walk. Jaxen Tingley came on in relief and pitched a third of an inning, allowing three runs on three hits while striking out one and walking one. Jackson Rigdon came in to collect the final out and allowed no runs on no hits while striking out one and walking none.
Paris pounded out 10 hits in the game, led by Tylan King who went 3 for 4 with a triple and two singles. Brody Sanders went 2 for 4 at the plate with a double and a single. Jaxen Tingley was 2 for 4 in the game with two singles.
Paris is scheduled to play at 1 p.m. today in Mt. Sterling with an opponent to be deterimined.
Beardstown 15, Paris 12U 13
In Olney Thursday evening, the Paris 12 and under All-Stars took a 13-12 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning — but a three-run walkoff homer by Beardstown ended the Paris team’s hopes of returning to the Little League state tourney.
Paris had previously defeated Beardstown 9-6 in a tight game earlier this week. They lost to a tough Olney team 11-2, setting up the do-or-die game Thursday.
Paris jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first three innings but Beardstown found their bats in the bottom half of the third and plated five runs, taking a 5-4 lead.
Beardstown added six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take an 11-4 lead but the orange and black rallied.
Paris scored five runs in the top of the fifth to pull to within two runs at 11-9. They added four runs in their half of the sixth to regain the lead 13-11 going into the Beardstown sixth.
Brian Kohlmeyer started on the mound for Paris and went three innings, allowing seven runs on six hits while striking out six and walking four. Landen Englum came on in relief and pitched two innings, allowing four runs on two hits while striking out three. Reed Stuck pitched the final inning for Paris, allowing four runs on two hits while walking two and striking out one.
Five Paris players hit homers in the game — Brian Kohlmeyer, Landen Englum, Hunter Cash, Connor Breneman and Nick Mohler. Breneman knocked a grand slam. Three of the homers came in the top of the sixth inning to give Paris the lead.