With the season just underway, the Paris Lady Eagle softball team is making some noise. The pitching duo of Sydney Ward and freshman Jadyn Hart are keeping hitters off balance while a young defense finds its way. Last week was a snapshot of the potential and the learning curve with young talent.
Monday they traveled to Dover, where they let one slip away 5-4 although they outhit the Lady Pirates 11-4. Four errors allowed Dover to capitalize and put up four runs in the final inning for the win. A day later, 4A Ozark came to town. The Lady Eagles again outhit their opponent 12-5, but Ozark made the best of their opportunities and held on as Paris charged back late, but fell 9-7.
This was not the snapshot Coach Donald Hart was looking for.
With their only day off last Wednesday, Paris found some answers and went to local Logan County rival Scranton. They knew Scranton would be a tough game, as was proven over the weekend when the Lady Rockets won the Clarksville tournament. On this night, the Lady Eagles came out swatting the ball early and often, building an early lead with two home runs from Ward and another from Olivia Henderson. Ward would throw 23 first pitch strikes and Paris would turn the tide for their week of play with a 10-2 win on the road. They would need the momentum as a full slate of weekend games in Clarksville against the best teams in the region lay ahead.
The opening round game was against Hector Friday night. Paris again outhits their opponent 10-5, but errors turned into a big inning, and though they rallied late, Paris fell 8-6 in the opening round, forcing them into the early game the following day. There was no hangover from the previous night as Paris shut out Atkins 7-0. They followed that up will a big offensive showing against Mansfield, winning 10-2. A 5-0 shutout against Booneville led to a rematch of the opening round, and this time Paris took it to Hector, winning 6-1. Dardanelle, another of the 4A opponents in the tournament, provided the Lady Eagles their closest competition, with Paris winning a low scoring affair 4-2. To put the icing on the week, an 8-0 shutout over Lamar meant the Lady Eagles outscored their opponents 40-5 in their six games on Saturday.
They will open this week at Waldron before hosting Booneville on the 15th. Friday they will travel to Hope for another weekend of tournament play before spring break.
The Lady Eagles are now 8-4 on the season and getting better with each game they play.