A visit from the Cairo varsity baseball team last Thursday awakened a monster in Paris, in a way, because freshman Brock Miller responded to its arrival by going 3-for-4 with a run for the Coyotes.
With senior pitcher Brett Miller also allowing just two earned runs on two hits and no walks with three strikeouts in three innings to earn the decision, the Coyotes were able to come back and score four runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to defeat Northeast 7-6.
"It was another fantastic win. The victory puts us atop of our district moving us to 3-0 in district, 3-0 overall," said coach Mike Fible. "Wins like this early in the year have a tendency to pay off big time late in the season. Once again I could not have asked for more from our pitching staff. Zack Rentschler and Brett Miller were an effective combination. Defensively we did make a few errors but we were able too not let one mistake turn in to two, which ultimately turned out to be the difference."
Rentschlers time on the mound lasted four innings and consisted of four earned runs allowed on three hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Rentschler had a hit and three RBI, as well, Nic Painter went 1-for-1 with a steal, a run and three RBI and Brett Miller was 1-for-3 with two steals and a run.
"Offensively we had much better approaches. We cut down the strikeouts and put the ball in play well, forcing Cairo to make plays on us," Fible said. "Nick Painter had a huge game. He was put into a tough situation, entering the game in the fifth and battled to come up with a two RBI single to put us within a run and drew the bases loaded walk in the seventh to walk off the game. I am very proud of the boys and the way we competed last night. We will continue to improve and build on the win."
As a team for this game Paris had nine hits and eight steals. The Coyotes grabbed the initial lead of this contest at 1-0 in the third, but then fell behind 4-0 in the fourth.
"Zack Rentschler was dominant to start the game in the first three innings, only throwing 32 pitches and being perfect through the first three innings. We let the game get away from us in the fourth and fifth innings, due to simply some bad luck," said Fible. "I entered Nick Painter into the game in the top of the fifth inning. He did not have time to warm-up before entering."
Rentschler was then pulled to start the fifth, and that's when Brett Miller gave up another two runs before the Paris made its final run during the final six outs to win by a run.
"Reese Barton started off the sixth by drawing a walk. Blake Turner singled to right. Brock Miller singled to right," Fible said. "Nick Painter came up with the bases loaded and one out and drove a ball to right to score Barton and Turner. Clayton Langured was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Zack Rentschler hit a ball off the left field wall to drive in two runs, putting us within a run going into the seventh."
The final stanza began with Ethan Reddington reaching base on an error. Once Blake Turner did the same and Brock Miller singled to right to load the bases, all it took was an Adam Forrest single to score Redington and the game was tied. Then, because of his patience and quality decision making, Painter drew a bases loaded walk and Paris defeated Cairo at home by a run.