The Lady Eagles Softball team carried their momentum up Highway 22 to face their rival Charleston last week. It didn’t take long for Paris to see that they would need to turn things up a notch, as the Lady Tigers pulled ahead with two runs in the first inning.

Though the Lady Eagles would add a run in the fourth, Charleston answered with a run in the bottom half and another in the fifth inning. Trailing 4-1, the Lady Eagles dug deep and pounded the ball, scoring two in the sixth and a game-clinching three-run seventh inning to take the 6-4 win.

It was the kind of determination that head coach Donald Hart wants to see in a developing young team. The Lady Eagles again outhit their opponent by a wide margin, 10-2 behind the solid pitching of Sydney Ward and Jadyn Hart. Morgan Johnson and Ward both had three hits, and the 10 strikeouts from Ward add to her season and career totals that are drawing attention. The accomplished junior recently visited Crowder College in Neosho, Mo., a great two-year school with a history of placing players in four-year institutions. Ward stated that after her visit, she verbally committed to play for the Roughriders. She is likely to be the first of many on this talented squad that will have the opportunity to play at the next level.

Rain eliminated the remaining games for the week.