Purdy Lady Eagles claim district championship
It took all seven innings, but the Purdy Lady Eagles got the victory in the Class 2, District 6 championship game on Saturday. Purdy beat host Strafford 8-7 in the final.
Purdy needed three runs to beat out the host team in the seventh inning. The Lady Eagles led 5-4 heading into the seventh when Strafford scored three runs to lurch ahead 5-7.
Purdy rallied when senior Emily Williams led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk and a single and two more base-on-balls made the score 6-7. A fly-out seemed to dim the Eagles' chances, but Karla Terry then reached on an error and helped score the tying run. Brooke Swadley finished the inning by sending an 0-1 pitch to deep left field to score BreAnn Proctor and win the game.
"I was thinking 'oh no, please let me hit it,'" said Swadley about the pitch she hit.
Despite Swadley's worries, Proctor had not doubts about her teammate.
"I had all the confidence in the world with her," said Proctor.
Purdy beat Strafford at Strafford's home park. The Lady Indians to that point had won seven district championships in a row.
Swadley ended up getting the victory on the mound. Proctor led the offense, going one-for-three with a double, a walk, two runs and two RBI.
Others who got a hit in the contest included: Kaitlyn Graves, Williams, Tristan Branch and Shelby Scott.
The Lady Eagles beat Sparta 11-1 and Hollister 5-2 to reach the final. Swadley picked up both of those victories.
In the Sparta game, Graves had two hits and three RBI. Against Hollister, Avery Roller went three-for-three with two inside-the-park home runs. She scored three runs and had three RBI.
Purdy also beat Exeter 15-0 this week in Ozark 7 play. Karla Terry picked up the win on the mound in her varsity debut, while Emily Williams had two hits and three RBI.
Purdy is now 18-7 on the season and will play in a state sectional game on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. The Eagles will take on Richland (14-8).
The Lady Tigers fell in their first game of the district tournament. Norwood, the number two seed, scored five runs in the first before putting the game away 15-0.
The Lady Bulldogs fought their way into the Class 1, District 2 championship but couldn't beat top-notch Miller. Sam Pierce led Wheaton in the game, going two-for-four in the 7-3 decision. Wheaton beat Billings 16-6 to get to the final game.
Wheaton also played Monett and Miller before the tournament in regular season games. The Lady Bulldogs beat Monett 7-0 but lost to Miller 0-2.
The Lady Trojans were upset in their district semi-final this week. Diamond beat Southwest 1-0 to move into the championship. Southwest previously beat Sarcoxie to reach the semi-final. Southwest finished the season with a record of 13-8.