Lady Eagles are district runners-up

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Solid defense Photo by Kim Roller Mattie White tags out a Diamond runner at the plate for Purdy during the Lady Eagles' 9-3 win in the district semi-final game on Thursday.

The Purdy Lady Eagles are the district runners-up after falling 10-0 to the Pierce City Lady Eagles in the Class 2, District 10 championship game on Friday.

Pierce City took control of the game early, scoring five runs in the first inning. Bailee Hayward was hit by a pitch. Mckenzie Moreland doubled to score Hayward. Makina Kelley walked, and Sara Stearns ripped a double to score Moreland.

Gabby Phillips extended the inning, hitting a two-RBI double that scored Kelley and Stearns. Faith Strong laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to score Phillips.

Purdy made some noise in the bottom of the second inning.

Addy Roller led off the inning with a single. Roller moved to third on a ground out by Tori Wood. Two Purdy ground balls were unable to score Roller, and Pierce City held.

Seizing the momentum generated on defense, Pierce City added to the lead in the top of the third.

Stearns opened the frame with her second double. Phillips followed, reaching on an error. Jade Winsea singled to load the bases. Strong then doubled to score Stearn, Phillips and Winsea.

Pierce City's defense only allowed Purdy batters to reach base two more times in securing the victory.

Semi-final game

To advance to the championship game, Purdy, the top seed in the tournament, defeated Diamond 9-3.

Purdy scored a run in the first inning, when Rachael Neill singled up the middle. Two batters later, Addy Roller's single scored Neill.

Adding to the lead in the second inning, Purdy's Billie House reached on an error. Doni Craig then doubled. Carleigh Hall reached on an error to score House. Neill then doubled to score Hall.

Purdy added a run in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth to put the game away.

Taylor Moller singled to open the fifth inning. Roller hit a double to score Moller. Tori Wood whacked a double to score Roller. Mattie White continued the hit parade with a double to score Wood.

Purdy added two more runs in the sixth.

Neill finished two for four with one RBI and one run scored. Wood, Jayse Henderson, Roller, Wood, White, Craig and Hall all had one RBI and one run scored apiece.

Hall earned the win on the mound. She pitched seven innings, walked three and struck out six.

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