Having already defeated Knox County last Wednesday in the initial round of the Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament, the Paris varsity baseball team had two more games to play last Saturday starting with Scotland County.
As soon as the contest started the Coyotes were in a bad way and it kept getting worse as the Tigers jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first inning and posted another three runs in the fourth on its way to winning 11-1 in five innings.
"We lost a tough one to start the second game of the LCC tournament. We simply did not make the routine plays that we have to make to be competitive," said coach Mike Fible. "Zac Rentschler did a great job of throwing strikes and forcing Scotland to put the ball in play, we made to many errors behind him. The loss put us in a place to play for third later in the day."
Taking point for Paris on this five-hit excurions was Brett Miller at 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and one RBI, Blake Turner checked in with a double and a run in two at-bats and Rentschler was 1-for-2. Trenton Morgan also had a 1-for-3 showing for the Coyotes and Forrest Adam walked twice and stole a base.
As for Rentschler's time on the mound, he gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in just under five innings of work. Laken Edwards then came in to get the final out and allowed no hits and no walks for Paris.
Next up was a head-to-head matchup with Harrisburg that began with both team scoring a run in the first inning, only to then witness the Coyotes send a pair of runners across home plate in the second and then again in the fifth to go up 5-1. The Bulldogs did make one last rally in the sixth, but Paris was still able to hold on for the 5-4 victory.
"We came out a battled well against a tough Harrisburg team to take third in the tournament. Brett Miller had his best pitching start of his career. He was able too keep the Harrisburg hitters off balance the entire game," Fible said. "Offensively we got production from everyone in the line up, capitalizing when we had runners in scoring position. I am proud of the way the boys battled back. We look forward to building off the conference tournament as we go into a tough part of our schedule."
Having made the most out of just four hits in the game, once again proving essential for Paris was Brett Miller at 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run, Adam Forrest posted a run and one RBI in two at-bats and Chris Ebbesmeyer and Brock Miller both went 1-for-2 with a run. Trenton Morgan also helped make things happen for Paris by going 1-for-2 with two RBI.
Brett Miller's other role in this game was on the mound for the Coyotes and during that time he gave up four earned runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in just over five innings.
Paris, 6-4 overall, is at Battle on Wednesday in non-conference competition.