Paris Starts Baseball Season with 3 Tourney Wins
The Paris Wildcats varsity baseball team finished 3-2 in the Wills Point Tournament, scoring 42 combined runs in the three wins, while losses were to Class 4A Terrell and Class 2A state-ranked Grandview.
The Cats are off until Thursday when they enter the 3-day I-45 Tournament in Ferris. Their home opener is scheduled for March 4 vs. Ferris at Hub Hollis Field.
- Paris 18, Fairfield 5. Sophomore Philip Nance got the pitching win and had a perfect day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with 4 RBI, a double, and a 3-run homer. Conor Henry, Jake Clark, Phillip Sikes, and Jonathan Nichols had 2 hits each in the 15-hit attack. Paris broke the game open with 14 runs in the second inning, including home runs by Nance, Sikes (3-run), and Clark (2-run). Sikes relieved Nance on the mound and got the final 2 outs.
- Grandview 6, Paris 4. The Cats battled the state’s third-ranked Class 2A team toe-to-toe, but the Zebras pushed across a pair of runs in the seventh inning to get the win. Grandview had a 4-1 lead before Paris tied the game with 2 runs in the fifth on Nance’s 2-run double and another tally in the sixth on an RBI double by Clark. Jordan Williams went 3-for-3, while Sikes and Nichols each had a pair of hits. Drew Helberg pitched the first 5 innings, and Sikes absorbed the loss after throwing the final 2 innings.
- Terrell 6, Paris 1. A disastrous 4-run first inning by Terrell, aided by 4 Paris errors, paved the way for the loss. Helberg, who had 2 hits in the game, plated the lone Cat run in the fifth on an RBI double. Williams started on the mound and pitched the first 3 innings, while Payton Barrios threw the final 3 innings in relief.
- Paris 11, North Forney 1. Junior Kaden Callihan pitched a 2-hitter with 6 strikeouts and 2 walks. Sikes, Henry, Helberg, and Williams each had a pair of hits in the game.
- Paris 13, Wills Point 5. Sikes, Clark, and Helberg led the 17-hit offense with 3 hits apiece, while Henry had a pair of hits. Clark had a 3-run homer, while Sikes produced 4 RBI and a pair of doubles. Clark went the distance for the pitching win, surrendering 5 hits with 12 strikeouts and no walks.