The Paris Lady Eagle softball team continued their hectic schedule, opening the week on the road at Logan County rival Scranton. Paris struggled early, getting out in front of the ball and Scranton answered with solid defensive play. The Lady Rockets took the lead, but Paris rallied back, taking advantage of momentum from a laser roped to left center field, clearing the fence off the bat of Jadyn Hart. Paris would hold on for the 6-3 win. The local rivalry featured two athletes headed to play at the collegiate level, with Scranton catcher Jessica Barr and Paris’ Sydney Ward both already signed. Ward played 3rd base Monday night while Hart struck out 13 over 6 innings.
Paris would turn around for their toughest game of the season a night later, but with both managers and 4 players out with illness or injury, it was a tall task. The Lady Eagles continued their monstrous non-conference schedule, traveling to 6A favorite Greenwood. Paris jumped out to a quick lead, but in the bottom half of the inning, Greenwood scored 5, and would add two runs in the second, fourth, and sixth innings to take the 11-1 final. Six errors were the demise of the Lady Eagles on a night they needed perfection from a short bench.
They would get a couple of days off before traveling to Hope, Arkansas as the defending tournament champions. They would face tough competition throughout, and carried the mark everyone was gunning for as a returning champ. Paris faced Hermitage in the opening game Friday night, and it was a nail-biter. Jadyn Hart dominated from the mound, only giving up one hit, and Paris scored a single run in the bottom of the fifth inning to hold on for the opening round win.
Saturday, they would face Dierks with Sydney Ward on the mound. Lexy Lee had three hits and an RBI while Kasse Appleton continued her hot bat, driving in two runs and the Lady Eagles rolled to a 6-0 final. That set up a championship game against a very good Prairiland, Texas team. Paris took a 1-0 lead early and then a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the 7th, when it was tied up. In extra innings, Paris would see a fly ball to left field get just beyond the glove and the ladies from Texas would take home the title. It was a close game throughout and pitched well by both Hart and Ward. They gave up a team total of three runs combined in tournament play, finishing as the runner up.
The Lady Eagles are now 10-3 on the season and will have upcoming games at home on Tuesday March 26th against Clarksville and March 29th at home against Fountain Lake.