The biggest adversity for the Lady Eagles came early in the week of the Districtl Tournament when they learned their games would be a direct conflict with their Prom night last Saturday.
Wet conditions pushed back games, and even though coaches and administration called to ask for games to be moved forward in the day, opponents saw an opportunity to place the Lady Eagles at a low seed in regional play. Coming in as a number two seed, they were already guaranteed a regional slot, but these young ladies wanted more.
They chose to play and play they did.
Sydney Ward pitched from the circle, throwing 19 first pitch strikes and 18 strikeouts in the 4-1 win. Jadyn Hart had two hits and Sadie Stark had an RBI in the win.
In the championship game, which had a first pitch only three hours before the doors opened for prom while they were in rural Jessieville, the Lady Eagles wanted to win and in style. They faced Perryville, who had eliminated the No. 1 seed Atkins, and came out red hot.
Hart threw 19 first-pitch strikes, struck out 10 while only giving up one hit. Sydney Ward hit a two-run blast and the Lady Eagles took the trophy in style, ending it early with an eight run sixth inning, 14-3. They are the first Lady Eagles softball team to hang championship hardware, and they will be a threat as they head to Greenland for regionals.
To top off the evening, Danielle’s Salon stayed open to help the ladies with the quick turnaround from dirt to dress. They were able to get their pictures in and head over to prom, where one of their teammates would wear the Prom Queen tiara home. Coach Hart commented on how the city rallied around the team, traveling and also help the ladies on a special night.
Previously ranked in the top ten in the state, the Lady Eagles will make some noise at regionals, and should still get past the first game, can make a run at the title.