Purdy softball clips Pierce City 10-7

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
You are out Democrat Photo/Jared Lankford Purdy's Billie House secures the ball for an out during Friday afternoon's 10-7 victory over Pierce City. Purdy travels to Springfield this Friday. Times and opponents are to be announced.

The Purdy Lady Eagles softball team moved a step closer to securing the number one seed in the district playoffs with a 10-7 over Pierce City on Friday.

"I am really proud of my girls," said Purdy head coach Stephanie Ray. "We jumped on the board early and held on for the win. I have preached all season long that we have to keep scoring and have to keep battling. Today we did that."

Purdy posted four runs in the top of the first inning.

Racheal Neill opened the game with a double and then Carleigh Hall was hit by a pitch. Taylor Moller walked to load the bases. Addy Roller then hit a three-run double to left center field. Roller scored on Billie House's single to right.

Purdy tacked on a single run in the second when Jayse Henderson doubled and scored on a Neill single.

Pierce City's offense got on track in the second inning when sophomore Mckenzie Moreland crushed a home run over the centerfield wall, the first of her high school career. Jade Winsea then doubled and scored on a Brooke Ridenour single.

Pierce City added another tally in the bottom of third. Bailee Hayward opened the frame with a single and promptly stole second, She scored on a Sara Stearns' double to cut the lead to 5-3.

Pierce City's momentum continued into the fourth inning when Gabbie Phillips cranked a double and Winsea walked. Ridenour belted a single to score Phillips and Windsea. Hayward then singled to score Ridenour and give Pierce City a 6-5 advantage.

Purdy battled back in the top of the fifth with Moller hitting a double and Roller walking. Wood scored Moller with a single. Roller scored on a House singles, and then Moller scored on a Doni Craig single to make the score 8-6.

Pierce City scratched out a run in the sixth, and Purdy countered with two in the seventh for the win.

Hall earned the win for Purdy. She struck out two and allowed 11 hits.

Lady Eagles down Diamond

The Purdy Lady Eagles defeated Diamond 7-6 in walk off fashion last Thursday night.

Roller tripled to open the bottom of the seventh inning and scored on Tori Woods' sacrifice fly to right field to earn the victory.

"I told the girls that we were in a good spot heading into our last at bat," said Ray. "We needed to push one run, and the girls responded.

"This season we have hit the ball well," said Ray, "This is a big win for us. Diamond is a district opponent and always plays us tough."

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