When the Paris varsity baseball team began the 2017-18 season last Thursday at Sturgeon with a four hit effort, the reason that doesn't seem like a lot is because it isn't.
But, when you combine that to the fact three Coyote pitchers combined to allow just two hits and no runs and as a team they stole five bases, now its much easier to see how Sturgeon ended up getting beat 3-0 on its own field.
"A great way to start off our season. Getting that first win of the year against a district opponent is huge," said Paris coach Mike Fible. "The boys did a great job playing team baseball. We were able too do the little things that made a huge difference. Our pitching staff did a phenomenal job last night. We have been focusing on being in the zone early and often and they were able too do just that."
Within that three-man rotation of hurlers for Paris, the one who threw the most was Brett Miller, spending just under four innings on the mound and giving up a hit and a walk with eight strikeouts against 13 batters faced. As for Zach Rentschler, he tossed just over two innings for the Coyotes and allowed a hit and three walks with four strikeouts, leaving exactly one inning of work for Adam Forrest to chart one strikeout in.
Forrest also proved to be his teams only player with multiple hits with a single, a double, three steals and a run in four at-bats, Chris Ebbesmeyer went 1-for-3 with a RBI and Miller had a walk, one steal and an RBI in two at-bats. Clayton Langured also was 1-for-4, Reese Barton stole a base and Blake Turner walked once and scored once.
"Offensively we struggled early on, leaving to many runners in scoring position, but the boys kept battling and were able too scratch a few runs across later in the ball game," Fible said. "Defensively we played well behind our pitching staff. We have a few areas of improvement to make, but it was a great start to the season and we will build on it."
The Coyotes, 1-0 overall, next play a non-league game at Community R-6 on March 26 and on March 27 the team hosts Monroe City.