Despite the fact the entire local sports scene went on hiatus this past weekend, the Paris varsity baseball squad was in action last week and the results under first-year head coach Darren Beaver were promising.
On Tuesday Timmy Johnston got the start and went four innings and allowed four runs on five hits, three walks and two hit batsmen with seven strikeouts to help lead his team to a 13-4 victory. Ethan Redington then brought this contest home by getting the final nine outs and giving up no runs on two hits, no walks and one hit batsman with three strikeouts.
"Again, there is one inning that is our weakness; our pitching gets off to a slow start and has trouble throwing strikes," said Beaver. "Giving up three runs in the second on two hits, three walks, and one hit by pitch. After that one bumpy inning our pitchers settle in and are in the zone and trusting their defense."
With an offensive output like this Paris had several standouts for the contest, which included Brock Miller, who went 1-for-2 with two runs and reached base twice by getting hit by a pitch, Chris Ebbesmeyer was 3-for-4 with three runs and Johnston came in at 2-for-4 with four RBI. Adam Forrest also went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run, Clayton Langerud added two hits, two runs and two RBI in three at-bats and Redington was 1-for-3 with a two-run homerun.
"We hit the ball well. Even when we were not getting base hits we were making hard contact outs, putting the ball in play making Monroe make plays," Beaver said.
At home last Monday, Mar. 25, in non-conference competition the Coyotes faced Community R-6 and were victorious 5-4 on the strength of nine stolen bases. This included four by Johnston, two each by Miller and Forrest and one by Ebbesmeyer.
"Ebbesmeyer was the starting pitcher and had a bit of a rough start spacing out four-first inning walks, but only giving up one run," said Beaver. "He settled in the next two innings, only giving up two hits and two more walks; while striking out three. Community had some solid base hits in the fourth and scored three to make it 5-4. Forrest came in with one out to finish in the fourth. He faced the minimum the rest of the way striking out four and picking up the win."
The third inning was the big difference in this game because that's when Paris scored all five of its run to take a 5-1 lead. The force behind that effort featured Johnston and Ryan Ragsdale, both of which went 2-for-3 with two RBI for the game.
"We played solid defense only committing one error," Beaver said. "Timely hitting, good base running, and solid defense got us our first win."