After scoring twelve runs and a shutout against Lamar on Monday, the Lady Eagles continued their torrid streak of getting base runners on and scoring them with timely hits to defeat the Cedarville Lady Pirates, 13-0. Paris was again led in the circle by the dominant pitching of senior Jadyn Hart who went the distance in the run-shortened game that ended in the fifth inning. Hart is putting up all-state honors numbers this year as she has already eclipse 100 strike outs on the year at the approximate halfway point of the high school softball season. Hart is also a threat to go deep every time she steps to the plate as the Lady Eagles’ lead-off hitter. Hart pitched both victories on Monday and Tuesday, and will now get some much needed rest before the Lady Eagles travel to Charleston on Friday for a huge conference game. Charleston is coming off a big 5-4 victory on Tuesday over the Hackett Lady Hornetts. Paris could find themselves in first place in the northern division with a win over the Lady Tigers on Friday.
The Lady Eagles jumped on Cedarville early and never let up in their game on Tuesday. The combination of “small ball”, bunting runners into scoring position, and the timely deep hits of both Jadyn Hart and sophomore Jadyn Wells has made the Lady Eagles offense lethal with its combined speed on the base paths. Junior Karsyn Tencleve is hitting the ball extremely well and has made great plays in the outfield.
After taking time off for the spring break and the Easter holiday, Paris is starting to hit its mid-season stride by playing consecutive games and gaining the consistency that it needs to make a conference title run. The team’s hopes are pinned to senior Jadyn Hart and her ability to pitch a lot of innings this season. Her coach, and father, Donald Hart, will have to use her judiciously throughout the remainder of the season to protect her availability in the stretch run and in the playoffs. With the Charleston win over Hackett, the time off over the next few days comes at a great time for Hart. Having pitched the last two consecutive days, she should be ready on Friday after two days rest.
Photos from the Lady Eagles’ win over Cedarville may be found on Facebook at Paris Eagles Sports. Fans from both schools are welcomed to view and / or copy the photos at no charge.
Resident Press will be in Charleston on Friday to cover the baseball Eagles and their rematch with the Tigers. Paris won the first meeting in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion, and Friday’s game should be a good one in Charleston. The softball and baseball games at Charleston are scheduled to start Friday at 4:30 p.m. The baseball Eagles will step out of conference on Thursday and will travel to Fort Smith to play the Southside Mavericks. First pitch for that game on Thursday is scheduled for 5 p.m.
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So, load up your lawn chairs and I will see you in Charleston on Friday!