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Booneville Survives Late Paris Rally, Defeats Eagles 8-7

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It has been said many times before, and it still holds true. Regardless of sport, anytime Paris and Booneville get together for a contest, it is going to be hotly contested. And Friday’s game at Paris was no exception. It was a game that was well-played by both schools, and the quality of play was exceptional. Both teams are very good and should go far in the weeks to follow in post-season play.

And if it were not enough to play Booneville in the final regular season game for the Eagles, it was Senior Day in which seven outstanding Paris seniors were honored. The 2022 class of Eagles have made significant impacts in the sports of football, basketball, and baseball, and as a result, have been one of the most successful senior classes in recent memory for Paris athletics. Each senior is an outstanding person as well as athlete, and they will all be sorely missed next season. The Paris seniors have set a high bar of expectations for Eagles athletics, and it will be a challenge for future classes of athletes.

Paris trailed for most of the game until Eagles junior Mason Bradley tied the game with a deep, two-run home run over the left field fence. Bradley’s blast tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning at 5-5. Bradley had a big week, pitching over five innings of stellar relief on Wednesday to give the Eagles a chance to win over Dover, and then contributing offensively on Friday against the Beaarcats. Booneville answered with three runs to re-take the lead at 8-7. But the Eagles would not quit, and that has been their signature all season.

The Eagles scratched for two more runs in the bottom of the seventh and had the tying run aboard when the inning and the game came to a close. Booneville would hold on to win the game, 8-7. It was a tremendous game by both teams, and considering the competitiveness that both schools have for each other, it was well-played with minimal fireworks from either team.

Resident News Network will have more next week on the upcoming 3A-4 district baseball tournament that will be held next week at Cedarville. Stay with RNN Sports for the best coverage of the high school baseball playoffs!

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Jim Best
Jim Best is a man of many talents. His storied career in Arkansas education led him to a new passion, and hidden gifts in sports journalism.
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