Purdy pitching baffles Tigers

Thursday, May 12, 2011
Seniors lead Eagles Photo by Linda Patton The Purdy baseball team has been led by three seniors this year. Pictured, from left, are Landon Terry, Riley Veith and Kevin Miller. The trio helped the Eagles win their fifth Ozark 7 title this season.

The Purdy Eagles picked up a 3-0 win over Lamar Sunday at Hammons Field in Springfield.

"This was a great experience for our boys," said Purdy Head Coach Joshua Hughes. "We didn't hit the ball hard, but when we had runners on base, we were able to get them around to score."

The Eagles used four pitchers on the evening. They combined to allow only three hits, while fanning 14 Lamar batters. Only twice were Lamar hitters able to punch the ball out of the infield.

"It was an awesome experience," said Purdy pitcher Kevin Miller. "This is the nicest park I have ever played in and it was a lot of fun."

Miller's teammates echoed that statement.

"It was hard to focus at times," said senior Riley Veith. "You really have to zone in on throwing strikes and not let the park distract you."

Purdy scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

In the third inning, Reese Stevenson led off with a single and promptly stole second. He scored on a wild pitch.

In the fourth inning, Cameron Terry singled, stole second and scored on a passed ball.

In the fifth frame, Veith was hit by a pitch and scored on a Cameron Terry sacrifice.

Lamar would threaten in the top of the sixth inning, loading the bases. the Eagles' Landon Terry pitched his way around the trouble, and no damage was done.

"I was thinking a little too much instead of just throwing the ball," said Eagles' ace Landon Terry. "I tried to settle down and just throw strikes. My defense really picked me up."

East Newton

On Friday, Purdy handed a 9-5 loss to East Newton.

Cody Hall went two for three from the plate with a two-run home run. Miller added a three-run homerun for the Eagles.

Landon Terry got the win for the Eagles on the mound.

"We were able to hit the ball and score early in the game," said Hughes. "When you get a lead on a team, they tend to start pressing and you force them to swing at pitches that aren't the best. It was a good win."

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