A rain out earlier in the season forced the Lady Eagles to play a doubleheader last week at Danville against the Lady Little Johns. Paris has struggled a bit through the season but picked up two big conference victories to help improve their record.
Paris got off to an early lead in both games and played good defense while getting good pitching to hold off the Lady Little Johns and bring home 12-2 and 14-1 victories.
Christa Huber got the Lady Eagles on the board in the top of the first inning in game one. After Katelyn Kemp drew a one out walk, Rylee Pennington reached on an error and Kaelee Johnson singled to load the bases, Huber roped a line drive triple to right field to clear the bases and give the Lady Eagles a 3-0 lead. Two batters later, Kelley Broadbent tripled to center field to score Huber but was left standing at third when Hannah Simmons struck out.
Danville scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning on an error by the Lady Eagles to cut Paris’ lead to only two.
The first three Lady Eagles reached base in the top of the third inning and Broadbent singled to score Johnson and Huber but Harrison was thrown out trying to score leaving Broadbent on second with one out. Simmons then singled to right to score Broadbent for a 7-2 lead. The Lady Eagles were not finished though as four more runners crossed the plate to give Paris an 11-2 lead.
Kytan Tencleve led off the top of the fifth with a double but it looked like she might get stranded there as the next two batters struck out. However, Pennington singled with two outs to score Tencleve and bring the score to 12-2.
The Lady Eagle defense did their job in the bottom of the fifth getting three quick outs to bring the first game to an end with a much needed conference win.
PHS 4 0 7 0 1 - 12
DNVL 2 0 0 0 0 - 2
Johnson and Huber shared time on the mound in the second game and held the Lady Little Johns to only one run which they scored in the second inning. Paris picked up where they left off in the first game and took an early lead by scoring five runs in the first inning on their way to a 14-1 conference victory.
Macey Hurt led off the bottom of the first with a single to get things going for the Lady Eagles. Back to back triples by Broadbent and Johnson and a sacrifice fly by Huber gave Paris three runs but they weren’t finished. Maci Harrison reached on a dropped third strike and scored on Michaela Knoles triple to center field. Kemp came in to run for Knoles and scored on an error by the Danville catcher before Tencleve grounded out to short for the third out of the inning.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Lady Eagles had runners on first and second when Johnson tripled to left to score the two runs and give Paris a 7-1 lead.
Four more runs in the bottom of the third brought about a bit of comfort for the Lady Eagles who continued to play very good defense behind the pitching of Johnson and Huber.
Danville started off the top of the fourth with a double but Huber picked her off trying to steal third. The next batter then grounded out to Huber and Harrison threw out the third batter after picking up a dropped third strike and throwing a bullet to Simmons at first.
Paris’ final three runs of the game came in the bottom of the fourth. Emily Richey led off the inning and reached on an error by the Danville shortstop. Brittany Fulmer then reached on a second Danville error before Macy Harrison was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Another Lady Little John error on Knoles grounder to third scored Paris’ first run. Tencleve singled to left to score another runner. The final run of the inning came on Simmons’ grounder to third and the Lady Eagles were sitting on a 14-1 lead.
Huber took charge in the top of the fifth inning, striking out the first and third batters and getting the second out on a foul pop up to Harrison at catcher.
DNVL 0 1 0 0 0 - 1
PHS 5 2 4 3 x - 14