Fresh off of their win over Subiaco Academy, Paris would open conference play against Lamar in their second game. Lamar was projected as a favorite before the season, and showed consistency and pitching in their visit. The Warriors took the lead early, and two big innings put the Eagles away. Paris looked more like their age, very young and learning new positions. While they are making contact at a better pace than last season, the hits have simply not been falling. The game ended after 5 innings with Lamar ahead 14-1.
Perryville came to Paris to close out the week, and the script was much different, though the outcome was not. The Eagles kept it close, leading after two innings and tied after the third, but the hits just would not fall. Several shots were just short of the fence or right at a defender, keeping the Eagles off the board. Then came the seventh inning, and a 10 run onslaught, where Perryville had timely hitting and took advantage of some Eagle errors. It was another 14-1 final, but was competitive until the final frame.
Paris has few players in a returning fielding role, though they may have some experience at the position. Many are freshman and sophomores who have worked into a starting role but are still adapting to the game at the High School level. While the players are adapting to new coaches, the new coaches are also learning the team, and they will grow and develop as the season progresses. They will travel to Scranton, Atkins, and Jessieville before Spring Break. The next scheduled home games are March 29th and 30th as Fountain Lake and Hackett make their way to Morgan Field.