Wheaton, Purdy are district runners-up
The Purdy Lady Eagles and the Wheaton Lady Bulldogs claimed district runner-up honors in their respective tournaments this weekend.
Wheaton was narrowly edged out by Walnut Grove 7-6 in the Class 1, District 3 championship game, and Purdy also lost a one-run game to Diamond by a score of 8-7 in Class 2 District 8 action.
In the district final game, the Lady Bulldogs found themselves down 0-5 to Walnut Grove after three innings but battled back to keep the game close.
Wheaton was led by Raschelle Hickman who went a perfect four-for-four from the plate with one double and one triple. The Lady Bulldogs collected six hits in the contest to Walnut Groves' eight.
To advance to the championship game, Wheaton, seeded third in the tournament, defeated McAuley Catholic from Joplin 15-0 in the opening round of play and then went on to knock off second-seeded Miller 6-4.
Against McAuley, Brooke Forgey had the win, allowing just one hit in three innings of play. Kaitlin England led the Lady Bulldog offense in that game with a double, a triple and three RBI.
The Lady Bulldogs finished the season at .500 with an 11-11 record.
The Purdy Lady Eagles hosted this year's District 8 tournament and almost earned the championship. The district final was tied 7-7 at the end of regulation play but Diamond was able to score a run in the ninth to take the game.
Purdy's Brooke Swadley went three-for-five and was credited with three RBI. Tristan Branch also tallied three hits in the contest.
In the opening round of district action, second-seeded Purdy dominated Marionville 13-3. Swadley was the winning pitcher, striking out six in five innings. Vanessa Steinbach and Shelby Scott paced the Lady Eagles' offense with two hits each.
Purdy was then able to down Southwest 7-4 in semifinal action.
Swadley helped herself on the mound by earning an inside-the-park home run. Tristan Branch also had some big hits, including a bases-loaded triple.
Southwest was led by Stacey Hobbs and Kirstie Ickes who each tallied two hits each.
The Lady Eagles, who claimed the Ozark 7 Conference crown, ended the season with a 14-8 record.