This was a slow week for the Paris varsity baseball team because its only action came on Monday when it traveled to Madison for a non-league game.
The Coyotes lone contest between rounds of the Lewis and Clark conference tournament didn't disappoint, either. Instead, it wasn't decided until the very final at-bat because, once Madison scored three runs in the first inning to take a 3-1 lead at the end of the stanza, Paris came back to score another run in each session to tie things up at 3-3 at the end of the third. But, when the Panthers went up 4-3 in the fourth, that's how things would stay until the very final at-bat.
Finally, with just seven hits as a team, players like Clayton Langerud, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI, really started coming through to help Paris just barely pull out this decision, 5-4.
"Timmy Johnston went six innings giving up four runs, on five hits, striking out seven, walking one and hitting four," said Paris coach Darren Beaver. "Timmy had his struggles with his control at times and a few errors behind him, but was able to work out of a bases loaded, no outs, and runners on second and third one-out jams not allowing a run either time. Adam Forrest came in to throw the seventh, striking out the side to get the win."
Forrest also had quite the day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs and two runs. That just left Keaton Threlkeld, who had a double, one run and a walk in two-at-bats, and coming in at 1-for-2 with a walk was Ryan Ragsdale.
"Having some starters out of town meant we had to shuffle our defense. Wonly had two position players in their regular positions for the game, but they stepped up to the challenge and made plays when we needed them," Beaver said. "This was a good win for us against a good baseball team. Even after some mistakes we were able to be resilient, get refocused, and battle back."
Paris will complete its league tourney this weekend.