Coming in as the number three seed, the Lady Eagles had to win their game against Jessieville in the opening round of the District Tournament to advance to the Regional Tournament.
There would be no second chances.
The game against Jessieville was a pitching duel, and Sydney Ward was dominant all night. The game was scoreless after seven innings, and in extra innings, the last batter is placed at second base to start the inning. Paris again shut down Jessieville, and in the bottom half of the inning, with one out and the runner still on second, Hannah Brewton came to the plate.
The runner advanced to third on a passed ball, and then Brewton lined a single to center for only the second Lady Eagles hit of the day, but it was all they needed as the winning run scored and their place in the regional was secured. Ward went the distance, striking out 16 batters along the way.
On short rest, the Lady Eagles turned right around to play Perryville. With no pitch count in softball, Ward again went to the mound to continue her dominant play. Perryville went up in the first, scoring two, but Ward drove in two runs in the third to tie it. In the bottom of the fifth, the fielding errors came back to haunt the Lady Eagles, who surrendered three unearned runs on four errors. Perryville won the game 5-2 leaving the Lady Eagles to play for the number three seed.
In a game most felt favored the Lady Eagles, the problems that have plagued them all season came back to haunt them. They could not get the timely hits while committing five defensive errors. Ward again pitched a complete game, striking out 11 batters, but the Eagles count not get a run across the plate and took the 6-0 loss and will head to the Regional Tournament as the number four team.