Even though the Paris varsity baseball team was held scoreless for six innings at non-conference rival Madison on Monday, it saved the best for last by coming alive for three runs in the seventh.
This bend but don't break approach worked wonders for Madison because it scored two runs each in the fifth and sixth to defeat the Coyotes 4-3.
"Last nights loss simply came down to execution. We did not execute well and Madison executed very well," said coach Mike Fible. "Our pitching staff although had several walks and hit batters kept us in the game, only allowing 2 hits. We had multiple opportunities to get guys in scoring position through either sacrifice bunting or situational hitting, but we did not succeed at the plate."
While Paris did post just six hits for the contest, that's what made Collin Crooks triple with two RBI, two walks and a run so important. Jacob Wolfe also proved key at 2-for-4 with one RBI, Brett Miller had two hits and a steal in three at-bats and Adam Forrest added a 1-for-3 showing with one run.
Zac Rentschler, on the other hand, not only drew a walk in two at-bats, but also pitched 1.1 innings and allowed to earned runs on one hit, which was a double. Crook was on the mound for the other 5.2 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on one hit and five walks with six strikeouts.
"To give Madison's pitcher credit, he did a great job of pitching around the jams he got himself into," Fible said. "We have our conference tournament beginning this week. In order to be successful in the tournament we need to get back to situational hitting and execution. We are a talented team. We just cannot afford to beat ourselves throughout a ball game.:
For the game Paris left nine runners on base, struck out 14 times and Tanner Anderson got hit by a pitch.
The Coyotes, 4-5 overall, is at Moberly for the Lewis and Clark Conference Invitational today and Saturday.