Sikes Posts 200th Career Coaching Win
Veteran Paris High baseball coach Bill Sikes knew the 2014 season would test his patience, and so far his young team has lived up to preseason expectations.
The Wildcat varsity started last weekend’s Bonham Tournament with its worst outing of the year in a 6-0 loss to Sanger on Thursday, but rebounded nicely on Friday with an 8-0 shutout of Krum in a win that marked Sikes’ 200th coaching victory in 11 seasons. The Cats then used a 4-run, last-inning rally to tie Frisco Lone Star, 9-9, in a game that was called due to the tournament time limit.
Saturday’s tournament action was wiped out due to inclement weather that rolled through northeast Texas. Paris is back in action Monday with a game vs. Hugo at PJC’s Hub Hollis Field. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.
- Sanger 6, Paris 0. The Cats didn’t answer the wake-up call in this 9 a.m. tournament opener on Thursday as their 7 errors and just 2 hits (by Phillip Sikes and Drew Helberg) will attest. Sanger jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first at-bat, and the Indians tacked on single tallies in the third, fourth, fifth, and seventh innings. Senior Jake Clark (2-1) took the loss on the mound.
- Paris 8, Krum 0. Junior Kaden Callihan pitched a 3-hit shutout and Clark blasted a 2-run homer as the Wildcats presented head coach Bill Sikes his 200th career win. The game was called after 5 innings due to a tournament run rule. The Cats pounded out 9 hits and scored in each inning except the second. Clark also had an RBI double to go 2-for-3 with 3 RBI. Freshman Sikes also had a pair of hits. Jordan Williams, Philip Nance, Jack Kraft, and Helberg collected RBI.
- Paris 9, Lone Star 9. Paris rallied to score 4 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the score before time expired to end the game. The first two Cats reached via walks to precede an RBI single by Casey Reavis and a 2-run triple by Sikes. Williams then brought Sikes across with the game-tying run on a single. The Cats loaded the bases with 1 out, but a strikeout and groundout ended the threat. Williams went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI including a 2-run single in a 4-run third frame. Nance also plated a pair of runs in the third on a single. Nance and Conor Henry had 2 hits each. Sikes started and pitched the first 2 innings, while Nance relieved and finished up on the mound.