The Lady Eagles completed their conference slate last Monday with the most crucial game of the season. Win and take the conference title outright, but drop the game and share the title with Perryville. Paris already owned a shutout over Perryville this season, and the only blemish was a loss at Lamar 7-6 with six starters out. Paris wasted no time, putting up a run in the top of the first. They added on and built a 7-0 lead heading to the top of the sixth. Perryville added three runs in the last two frames, but the Lady Eagles finished strong and took the 7-3 win. The win allowed Paris a Conference Title trophy for the trophy case. This team is a special group, mentoring younger players and growing as a team, sliding into new roles and holding each other accountable. In conference play, they outscored their opposition 114-16, throwing no-hitters and perfect games at several moments along the way. Any other conference foe could not match the combination of senior Sydney Ward and Jadyn Hart on the mound. Senior Lexy Lee filled in for a month behind the plate while fellow senior Sadie Stark healed from a concussion suffered before conference play began. Now, the Lady Eagles are healthy and filling their natural positions on the field. Before they headed into the Regional Tournament on their home turf, they had one more makeup game against Scranton, a team that also won their conference and is looking at a postseason run. Scranton entered having gone undefeated in their shorter conference slate, but looking at the same future, hosting a regional later in the week, but knowing the weather may delay they next start. Paris put runners on base early and Scranton decided to pull their primary starter in a game that had no real significance in the big picture. Paris kept up the pressure, putting up two in the first, five in the second, and cruising to a 10-1 win. Scranton threw the kitchen sink at Paris, and sophomore Libby Kremer played right field, catcher, and even pitched an inning in the loss. Paris was on cruise control, knowing that they were about to host the toughest regional tournament in the state. Rain washed out the Thursday games of the tournament. Friday, every effort was made, and somehow all four games were played. Paris had volunteers in place and the community rallied to make the best out of a soggy situation. Paris played the third game of the day, facing Mayflower, with the winner advancing to the State tourney and the loser going home. Ward took the mound and gave up only one hit over six innings while going 3-4 at the plate, driving in four runs. Paris put up three runs in both the third and sixth top tier team. Having punched their ticket to the State tournament, Paris would face the #5 ranked team in the state in Baptist Prep from the Little Rock area. It was a pitching duel for most of the day Saturday. Paris had Jadyn Hart in the circle, but she was matched at every opportunity by the Baptist Prep pitcher. Trailing after a first-inning score, Paris put runners on often. They could not get the hits in bunches, and Prep scored late to take the game 3-0 over the Lady Eagles. Paris played a solid performance, including stellar play at third base from Carli Haller. There were no errors recorded on either side during the game, and Paris matched the five hits from Prep, it was the timing of the hits that made the difference. Lexy Lee added two hits to her total, while Hart struck out 12 for the game. Paris would play in the third-place game on Sunday afternoon, significant for the matchups in the State tournament the following week. Paris would play the other top seed in the Regional when Glen Rose dropped their second-round matchup and faced the Lady Eagles. Paris sent Sydney Ward back to the mound where she struck out ten batters over a complete game shutout. Jadyn Hart had three hits and two RBIs while freshman Karsyn Tencleve added two hits. Lexy Lee also added a deep double into the left-field gap in the 6-0 win. Again, Haller made play after play at third base, once making a 360-degree spin on a bunt attempt to gun down the runner. Paris Picked up win 26 on the season and will next play in Harrison in the State tournament. Head Coach Donald Hart has put in the hours to get this team prepared for this moment, and they looked the part in their final game at Harold Dorrough field this season. The Lady Eagles are slated for a 12:30 p.m. start on Thursday in the State Tournament, where only 16 teams from across the state remain for a chance at a title.