After shutting out Sturgeon less than a week earlier with a pitching display that was incredibly refined considering it was the first game of the season, the Paris varsity baseball team hit the road on Wednesday for a Lewis and Clark Conference game at Salisbury.
The initial run of this game didn't come until the Coyotes took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Even though the Panthers quickly flipped the script by going up 2-1 in the fifth, it was all Paris after that, scoring four in the sixth and one in the seventh to win 6-2.
"Another huge win for us early in the season, moving us to 2-0 against district opponents," said coach Mike Fible. "Our defense was phenomenal once again. We were simply able too make the routine plays behind our pitching staff. Pitching we did a great job of being in the zone early and often, not allowing Salisbury to get going. Offensively, Salisbury's pitcher did a great job of getting us off balance early, but we were able too come up with the big hit when we needed them."
Earning the victory on the mound for Paris was Brett Miller after allowing two runs on three hits and no walks with four strikeouts in three innings. Miller was also the teams only multi-hit player at 2-for-3 with three runs and three steals.
"Trenton Morgan came up huge for us in the fifth with a pinch hit two RBI single to drive in the tying and what turned out to be the winning runs," said Fible. "Brett Miller had a great all around game making a few fantastic defensive plays along with causing havoc on the base paths. Clayton Langured also came up with a few key situational at bats moving runners over and driving in runs."
Starting the game on the mound for the Coyotes was Zac Rentschler, giving up no runs on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts in four innings pitched. Langured also added two RBI's to the mix, Adam Forest went 1-for-3 with one RBI and Blake Turner had one hit in three at-bats.
"Freshman Brock Miller proved to be a versatile tough player make a great play up the middle to turn a double play ending the ball game," Fible said. "We have a few things to work on offensively as we get ready for the next week, but right now we are playing great baseball and look to build on these early season wins."
Paris, 2-0 overall, 1-0 LCC, hosts Knox County for a league game on Monday.