Purdy finishes among state's elite

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Purdy Lady Eagles softball team found themselves amongst the state's elite this week. The Lady Eagles competed in the Class 2 state softball tournament, advancing to the quarter-finals before being eliminated by Morrisville 6-1.

The Morrisville Lady Panthers, leading 2-1, took control of the contest in the fifth inning. With two outs and two on, Morrisville got three consecutive hits, giving them four runs and a deciding inning.

Purdy actually took the lead first in the game. After being walked, Tristen Branch reached second on a ground-out and then took third and home when Morrisville's catcher threw an errant pick-off attempt.?

The play was typical of the Lady Eagles' production on the day. Against top notch pitcher Bailey Williams, Purdy only got two hits.

The Eagles beat Richland to reach the quarter-finals. Purdy led 3-0 when the Lady Bears manufactured three hits and two walks to tie the game.

With the momentum, Richland almost took the lead in the sixth inning. Loading the bases with no outs, the Lady Bears seemed almost assured of a run, but Purdy's Karla Terry got a strikeout, a ground-out and a fly-out to end the inning.

Purdy rallied behind Terry, and BreAnn Proctor hit a triple in the eighth to knock in two runs that allowed Purdy to advance to the quarter-final contest.

Brooke Swadley and Terry combined to throw 196 pitches in 15 innings, striking out four and giving up 16 hits this week. Swadley, a freshman, and Terry, a sophomore, were just recently called into duty after starting pitcher Shelby Davidson went down the week before the district tournament.

Purdy ended up hitting for a .196 average on the week, which was in large part due to Williams, Morrisville's pitcher.

Proctor led the Purdy offense, hitting .333 for the week with a triple, a sacrifice, a stolen base and two RBI. Branch also did well, hitting .286 with three runs, a walk and a double play.

Others who got a hit in the ball games included: Emily Willliams 3, Swadley, Jennifer Davis, Shelby Scott and Terry.

The Lady Eagles finished their outstanding season with a record of 19-8.

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