Friday and Saturday, the Eaton Reds softball team showed heart in their attempt at a state title. On Friday, the Reds defeated league rival Valley 7-3 to advance to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, the Reds defeated defending 3A State Champion Rocky Ford 8-0 to advance to the Final Four for the 3rd year in a row, a Eaton Softball first. In the semifinal the Reds faced perennial powerhouse and league rival Strasburg. In a tough fought contest the Reds fell short to the eventual state champion 10-9. Despite the loss, the Reds are poised to make another run in 2018 with 7 returning starters including seniors to be #2 Bailie Duncan, #6 Lauren Frink, #13 Melanie Fye, #22 Tristin Brandly, and #27 Allie Hobbs.