PHS Lady Eagles rally to beat Cassville 6-3
The Purdy Lady Eagles rallied in an inter-county matchup last Friday against Cassville to win 6-3.
Purdy trailed 3-2 heading into the seventh and final inning. Shelby Scott reached first base after getting hit by a pitch. Tristan Branch drove her in to tie the game and reached base herself on a Cassville error. Kaitlyn Graves then drove in Brooke Swadley to take the lead.
Purdy scored their other two runs in the fifth inning. BreAnna Proctor, who went four-for-four on the day, led off the inning with a single and Shelby Scott and Branch both had RBI singles.
Cassville's outburst came in the third inning. Brittany Vollenweider hit a two-out double to spark the Ladycats. After Vollenweider's hit, Dakota Bowman, Jessie Meadows and Lindsey Turner all had consecutive hits to drive in three runs.
Neither team had a hot bat on the day as Cassville batted .222 and Purdy hit .212. The Lady Eagles left six runners on base while Cassville stranded five. The most telling statistic might have been on the base paths as Purdy racked up seven stolen bases to Cassville's none.
For Purdy, Shelby Davidson picked up the victory. Davidson pitched seven innings, striking out four while allowing no walks, six hits and three earned runs.
At the plate there was none better than Proctor, who had been ill the entire day, but still managed to go four-for-four with a run, an RBI and four stolen bases.
"I had my head really well on the ball tonight, but every body did a pretty good job." said the modest Proctor.
The multi-hit game was Proctor's first of the season.
Shelby Scott also did well on the night. Despite not recording a hit, Scott scored two runs and had an RBI. She did all of this with a hit-by-pitch and reaching on a sacrifice bunt.
Other Lady Eagles who garnered a hit included Swadley, Branch and Jennifer Davis.
"It was a big win for us," said Purdy Head Coach Kelly George.
The Lady Eagles now move to 11-4 on the season.
Lindsey Turner pitched for Cassville on the day. Turner turned in seven strong innings, striking out a career high seven while allowing three walks, seven hits and two earned runs.
Cassville was led at the plate by Vollenweider. The senior turned in a three-for-three day with a run and a double. Meadows also did well for Cassville, garnering a hit, a run and an RBI in three at-bats.
Bowman and Turner were Cassville's only other players to get a hit.
In other action this week, Cassville lost to Nixa 4-2 and to Lamar 4-1.
Against Nixa, Cassville got on the board quickly, scoring twice in the first inning, but the Ladycats could not hold their lead as the Lady Eagles scored three in the second and one in the fifth to win 4-2.
Turner pitched the game for the Ladycats and threw six innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks. The freshman also struck out four.
At the plate Turner also did well, going one-for-two with a double, two RBI and a walk. Meadows and Taylor Grimes also had hits in the contest.
The softball 'Cats also hosted Lamar this week for a Big 8 Conference game.
Lamar got the ball rolling by scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. They added another in the fifth before Cassville's Courtney Beagle was able to get across, making the score 3-1. Lamar scored one more in the seventh, and the Wildcats could not rally, losing 4-1.
Vollenweider pitched the game. She threw seven innings, striking out five while allowing four earned runs on seven hits and two walks.
Vollenweider also helped Cassville at the plate, driving in the only run on a sacrifice. She also walked. Leah Denton was the only Wildcat to garner a hit in the contest.
Cassville falls to 3-9 on the season and 2-3 in the Big 8.
In the upcoming week, the Ladycats will end regular season play. Cassville hosts Southwest on Friday at 4:30 p.m., and on Saturday, the team will play in their own tournament. Along with Cassville, Ash Grove, Southwest and Wheaton will all compete.
Cassville faces Southwest at 10 a.m., Ash Grove at 11:30 a.m. and Wheaton at 1 p.m. The Ladycats will then finish up their season with a Big 8 game at Carl Junction on Monday, Oct. 1.
Cassville's junior varsity squad went 1-2 this week.
The JV team beat Lamar 2-0 in its only victory this week. Turner picked up the win on the mound and had a triple. Kerri Stubbs also helped turn a great double play in the contest.
The Ladycat junior varsity girls also lost this week to Nixa 12-2 and to Purdy 7-4.