Clever tops Purdy 2-0 in sectionals

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Bringing it home Democrat Photo/Jared Lankford Purdy's Kevin Miller throws a strike during the fifth inning of the sectional playoff game at Clever on Tuesday. Miller struck out five batters during the contest.

The Clever Bluejays defeated Purdy 2-0 in the Class 2 baseball sectionals on Tuesday in Clever.

"Clever (16-11) is a good squad and a well-coached team," said Purdy Head Coach Joshua Hughes. "Our batters were kept off balance all day long, and we couldn't string together any hits."

Chance Wolfe led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single for the Bluejays. Wolfe scored on a one-out double by Ranger Curtis. who scored on a single by David DelToro.

Clever's Jordan Burnett made the two runs in the fourth inning stand up for the sectional win against the Eagles. Burnett scattered three hits, struck out four and didn't walk a batter in the complete game shutout.

Purdy runners reached third base in the first and second innings but failed to score.

"We have got to score in those situations," said Hughes. "Kevin (Miller) was great on the mound. He pitched well enough to win. We couldn't help him with runs."

Miller allowed five hits, struck out five and walked one.

"I told the boys we have to get faster and stronger in the off-season," said Hughes. "We need to have a baseball in our hands as much as possible. I told our three seniors that it was a honor to be their coach for four years, and if there was anything I could do for them in the future, all they had to do was ask."

Purdy received doubles from Miller and Devon Bennett and a single from Cody Hall to account for the team's three hits.

The Eagles (22-5) won the Ozark 7 Conference and the Class 2, District 12 titles this season.

Wheaton falls

to Dora 8-0

The Wheaton Bulldogs fell 8-0 to the top-ranked Dora Falcons in the Class 1 sectionals last Tuesday.

The Bulldogs finished the season with a 12-8 record.

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