There might not have been Lewis and Clark Conference inplications on the line when the Paris varsity boys baseball team played North Shelby on Tuesday, but not only was it a home contest, it was also the final game of the 2018 regular season, so this matchup definitely had meaning.
For Coyotes senior Brett Miller, he showed how important things were to him by going 3-for-3 with three RBI, and two runs with two home runs and a steal, which made him the only player on his team to have multiple hits for the game. Fellow upperclassmen Trenton Morgan, on the other hand, didn't make quite so grand a gesture and instead kept things simple by charting a triple and a run in three at-bats.
Different players might have had different ways of contributing, but in the end what they all wanted is what they got, which was a 4-2 victory for the Coyotes over the Raiders.
"It was a good game to send the seniors out on. Adam Forrest was able too settle in after the first inning in his first varsity pitching start and threw a great game, forcing North Shleby to put the ball in play and not throwing many waste pitches," said coach Mike Fible. "Brett Miller had a big night for us. It was a good win as we prepare for districts next Monday facing either Cairo or South Shleby."
North Shelby jumped out to a 2-1 advantage in the first inning and Paris slowly crept back after that, scoring runs in the third, fifth and sixth with an offensive effort that featured eight total hits, two steals and just one walk.
Helping to gently guide this slow yet steady offensive attack for the Coyotes was Threlkeld Keaton at 1-for-2 with a run, Clayton Langured went 1-for-3 with one RBI and Brock Miller had a hit and a steal in two at-bats. Adam Forrest was also 1-for-3 and Zac Rentschler drew a walk in two trips to the plate.
On Monday at LaPlata the Coyotes tried to launch a final inning comeback and were able to get a good rally going, only to end up falling just short 6-3. While Paris did make just one error for the contest and was trying to overcome the fact it got outhit 10-7 for the contest, getting cast in a lead role for the team at 2-for-3 with one RBI was Forrest, Zac Rentschler was 1-for-3 with a RBI and Brett Miller was good for a triple, two steals and two runs in three at-bats. Chris Ebbesmeyer also put up a hit and a run in three trips to the plate, Keaton went 1-for-2 and going 1-for-3 was Langured.
Brett Miller also spent four innings on the mound and allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts. The other three innings of the game for Paris was pitched by Rentschler and he gave gave up three runs, two earned, as well, on four hits and five walks with one strikeout.
For the regular season the Coyotes had a 255 batting average on 105 hits in 411 at bats with 90 RBI. Within that Paris also posted 10 doubles, five triples and five homeruns to go along with 94 steals in 106 attempts.