Despite starting the season with a trio of wins in which they outscored the opposition 16-8, the Paris varsity boys baseball team found itself up against a bird of a different feather at Fayette on Monday.
That's because, after both teams scored a run in the first, the Falcons played shutdown defense after that while scoring a run inn the second and fourth and two inn the fourth to defeat the Coyotes 5-1 in seven innings.
"It is always hard to lose the your first game of the season, especially after such a great start. We did not play 'our game'," said Paris coach Mike Fible. "We very uncharacteristically made several errors and did not run the bases well. Zack Rentschler, Brett Miller, and Adam Forrest did a great job throwing strikes and forcing Fayette to put the ball in play, but we have to be able too make the plays behind our pitching."
One big problem for this contest is that the Coyotes had five hits and five strikeouts. That only left room for only one multi-hit performance, which came by way of Ethan Redington at 2-for-3, Trenton Morgan had a hit innhis only at-bat and Bret Miller scored his team only run and stole two bases in three trips to the plate. Forrset Adam was also 1-for-2 on the base paths and 1-for-4 at the plate, Reese Barton had a hit in three at-bats and Clayton Langured and Keaton Threlkeld added a walk each.
"Offensively we never strung together multiple hits. In order for us to be competitive game in and game out we have to hit the ball one through nine in the line-up," Fible said. "We will fix the little things and make adjustments before we play our next game."
Getting pinned with this decision was Rentschler after pitching three innings as the starter and giving up four runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Miller was also on the mound for two innings for Paris and allowed one run, zero earned, on one hit and a walk with one strikeout and Adam got three outs on the bump and got taken for no hits and no walk with one strikeout.
The Coyotes, 3-1 overall, 3-0 Lewis and Clark, hosted South Shelby on Tuesday in league action.