New Lady Eagles softball Coach Donald Hart opened play last week, squeezing in an early week matchup just before the rains moved in last Tuesday. It may the first time many have seen Hart in the limelight, but most have already seen his daughters light up the scoreboards for the Lady Eagles long before softball arrived.
Daughter Jadyn is currently a freshman and already making an impact on the Lady Eagles softball roster.
The team is led by senior Morgan Johnson and has numerous key position players returning, including pitcher Sydney Ward, who was the lone arm on the state tournament team a year ago. With new weapons in the arsenal, Coach Hart wasted little time showcasing it against Magazine.
Paris grabbed a lead early, and in only her second plate appearance in varsity ball, Jadyn Hart blasted a no-doubt shot over the center field fence, putting the Lady Eagles ahead. They would never look back.
Magazine scratched out one infield hit on the day, as Ward and Hart combined to shut them down. In the fourth inning, Hart hit a fly ball that hung up just long enough for the runner on first to have to hold, limiting her to a long single on a day where a double would have seen her hit for the cycle.
Paris enjoyed opposing pitching and ran away with a 9-0 win over Magazine.
Last Friday, the Lady Eagles made a big jump, as they would play 6A Van Buren on the road. Though they were heavy underdogs, the Lady Eagles held their own in a back and forth affair, make a late charge that fell short, losing 11-6.
On the evening, Paris outhit the Pointers but could not make the most of their opportunities.
This week, they will travel to Dover, then host Ozark on Tuesday. Thursday they travel to Scranton before opening play against Hector in the Clarksville tournament. This will be a very busy week for the Lady Eagles and will showcase the depth of talent they have and also allow the underclassmen to get some much-needed reps before conference play gets underway. This year, the Lady Eagles will host a full slate of games, allowing the community to see them much more than previous years.