Purdy beat the Warriors 10-2 on a chilly Thursday evening in the championship game. Game time was slated for 7 p.m. after being pushed back from 5 p.m. to allow time for the field to dry.
The Eagles used good pitching and some early offense to really control the final score.
Derek Dailey picked up the win on the mound for Purdy. The senior got through the first five innings for the Eagles, surrendering five hits, three walks and one unearned run. Dailey also had a wild pitch but finished with six strikeouts.
The Eagles led 10-1 when Dailey was taken out due to a pitch count. Dailey finished the outing after throwing 92 pitches, 35 balls and 57 strikes.
"I've pitched probably the best I have in the last two games, that's probably the best I've ever pitched," said Dailey who also pitched in the Eagles semi-final game on Wednesday.
"He did great," said Dailey's head coach, Josh Hughes, "kept them off balance, one unearned run I believe and did a great job."
The Purdy offense worked well behind Dailey's prowess and turned the ball game with a big second inning.
Leading 1-0, Purdy blasted the Warriors for four runs in the second to help put the game out of reach for McAuley.
Josh Wiseman led off the inning with a walk, and Chris Bennett followed him on base after being hit by a pitch. Next Derek Fulp had a big two-RBI double on a one-and-one count.
"I was looking for something low that could crank over the fence," said Fulp, only a sophomore. Fulp didn't get a home run, but his two-run double helped spark Purdy to a 5-0 lead.
The Eagles tacked on a run in the third inning and then four more in the fourth to finish their scoring. Daniel Barrientos contributed with a two-RBI single that helped the Eagles in the fourth frame.
As a team, Purdy had a great game. The Eagles' pitching was top notch. In addition to Dailey, Wiseman finished the game for Purdy. He threw two innings, allowing two hits, one walk and one unearned run. He struck out three, including two in the seventh.
Together the pitchers did not allow an earned run, they threw 130 pitches, 80 for strikes, and started 16 batters with a first pitch strike.
The offense was just as good as the pitching. As a team, Purdy hit .333 and had an on-base percentage of .469. The Eagles left only five men on base, driving in six RBI with two extra-base hits.
Fulp led the squad. He went two-for-three at the dish with a double, two runs and two RBI.
Barrientos also had a nice night. He finished one-for-two with a hit-by-pitch, a sacrifice bunt, two runs and two RBI.
Others garnering a hit for Purdy included: Trent Goetz, Mason Roller, Dailey, Ryan Veith and Landon Terry.
In the field, Purdy committed two errors but so did McAuley. The Eagles did turn a double play with Wiseman, Bennett and Dailey. Roller threw a base-runner out from the catcher spot in the fourth inning, and Dailey picked off a McAuley runner in the second inning.
"If we play our best and don't make mistakes and hit the ball, we can beat anybody," commented Purdy Head Coach Josh Hughes.
The Eagles ended a storybook run for the McAuley Warriors. Seeded eighth coming in, McAuley upset first-seeded Pierce City 3-2 and fifth-seeded Sarcoxie 15-4 to reach the final.
Purdy advanced to the district championship by beating Southwest 9-1 on Monday and Lamar 6-4 on Wednesday. Wiseman and Roller picked up those victories on the hill.
The Eagles now will move onto state play, making them the fourth Purdy team to play in the state play-offs this season.
On Monday, Purdy faced off against Blue Eye and fell 6-19 in five innings.
Ryan Veith had two hits and three RBI for the Eagles and Roller also had two hits. Purdy pitching duties were shared by Derek Dailey, Roller, Josh Wiseman and Riley Veith.
|Blue Eye had four home runs in the contest, which helped put the game away.|
Purdy ends the 2008 season with a 17-8 record.
Hughes was assisted this spring by Stuart Lombard.