Even though it was able to take leads of 1-0 in the first inning and 4-2 in the third, the Paris varsity baseball team got outscored 6-1 the rest of the way to end up losing on Friday at Westran 8-5.
"It was not the way we wanted to start our season. To give Westran credit they did capitalize on the opportunities we allowed. We simply beat ourselves, continuously making errors, leaving baserunners in scoring position, and poor baserunning," said coach Mike Fible. "Positives from the game was our pitching and at times our approach at the plate. Collin Crook and Ben Ebbesmeyer combined to throw 6 innings only allowing 1 earned run during that time and striking out 10."
Westran wasn't able to gain the lead until it went up 5-4 in the fourth. It then scored once in the fifth and twice in the sixth before allowing the Bulldogs to get on the scoreboard one last time in the seventh.
Despite this dark beginning, Brett Miller still proved to be the light at the end of the tunnel for the Coyotes at 1-for-3 with two runs and a walk, Collin Crook was 1-for-2 with a run, two RBI and two walks and Zac Rentschler had a hit and two RBI in three at-bats. Forest Adam also came through for Paris at 1-for-4 with a run, Dylan Painter added a hit and two walks in one trip to the plate and Jacob Wolfe had a run and two walks in one at-bat.
"Many guys had solid base hits at the plate and we were able to work the count to draw several walks and get hit by a few pitches," Fible said. "Dylan Painter was the highlight offensively finding a way to get on base in all of his at bats. We will get over these first game gitters and improve before our next game."
As a team Paris had five hits and 10 walks with nine strikeouts. It also got hit by a pitch and stole five bases.
The Coyotes, 0-1 overall, next host Sturgeon on Thursday.