Sport without emotion would just be a board game. For the Paris Eagles, the emotions of the season seem to be swinging from the lowest of lows to a brighter future. Paris opened the week knowing they had to manage pitchers and their pitch count to survive the busy week. They opened with 4A Clarksville coming to town, and it was all Panthers. Clarksville put up two runs in the first and second inning, but put the game away in the fourth, adding 4 more before closing out the 9-0 win. Paris had 6 hits, but could not put them together and made base running errors, twice losing a runner at third base. Clarksville only totaled 7 hits but made use of 5 Paris errors.
A quick turnaround saw Paris go on the road to one of the conference leaders at Lamar. Not even a month ago, Paris took a 14-0 drubbing at home to the Warriors. This night would be much different. In the sixth inning, Paris put up four runs and pulled out to a 5-3 lead. With Lamar down to their last strike, their batter took a hack at a well-placed curveball and made contact, getting the ball past third base and driving in the last of the three runs they would score in the final frame to walk off the Eagles. It was a heartbreaking loss for a team that has come full circle and showed a lot more energy. Also, Ethan Needham suffered a knee injury that is going to have him sidelined for quite some time.
The Eagles were hoping the weather would cooperate and they could play the home doubleheader against Two Rivers, games they were favored in. Those will be rescheduled and the Eagles got an extra day off before the weekend tournament and the Logan County Tournament in Magazine.
Paris played the host squad to open tournament play, and they got a gem on the mound from freshman Cooper Haley, who pitched all three innings, struck out two and scattered 6 hits. Paris exploded for 11 runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back. Destin Davis went 3 for 3 with 4 RBIs in the win. Paris shut down Magazine for a 16-0 tournament-opening win.
With weather moving in, Paris got their second game in against County Line. The Indians started out strong, scoring three runs, and then neither team made it across the plate until County line scored 3 more in the final frame to take the game 6-0.
On the week, Paris has shown that when they are off, it can get ugly, but when they are on, pitching well and cutting down the defensive errors, they can hang with the best in conference. There was a more optimistic vibe about the team and they know they have excellent opportunities ahead. They will host Scranton in their Monday game looking for revenge after their comeback bid on the road fell short. Then they will host Atkins before going to Perryville on Friday night.
Paris is currently 3-10 and will look to make up ground in conference with their upcoming schedule.