Purdy takes second in Monett tourney
The Purdy Eagles baseball team continues to hold their own against bigger schools. On Saturday, the Eagles took second place in the Monett Tournament.
"I really like this team and this group of players," said Purdy coach Joshua Hughes. "We are tired right now. We played four games in three days and have a double-header on Monday. We battled and had a good showing."
Purdy opened the tournament with a 10-0 victory in five innings over the tournament host Cubs. It was the first time in seven years that Hughes and his Eagles had accomplished the feat.
Purdy struck for two runs in the first inning. Reese Stevenson got hit by a pitch to start the game and Cody Hall coaxed a walk off Monett starting pitcher Aaron Patton. Cameron Terry smoked a single down the first base line to score Stevenson and Hall.
Stevenson, Purdy's pitching ace, kept the Cubs' hitters off balance. He scattered four hits over five innings fanned nine batters and only issued one free pass.
"Reese is a competitor," said Hughes. "Once he gets settled in, he is tough to hit."
Purdy added single tallies in the third and fifth innings but exploded for six runs in the fourth inning.
"We executed five perfect bunts tonight," said Hughes. "Three of those bunts went for hits and the other two moved our runners. Tonight, things just went our way."
Terry finished the contest, going two for three at the plate with two singles and four RBIs. Keevin Walker, Hall and Alex Mareth also had an RBI for Purdy.
The Eagles opened play in the tournament Saturday morning with a 12-11 seesaw victory over East Newton.
The game ended with Purdy throwing out the tying run at the plate to secure the victory.
"We battled all game and never gave up," said Hughes. "The boys have a lot of fight in them. On the downside, it took a lot of pitches to secure the win."
All the innings from a marathon four games in four days finally caught up to the Eagles in the championship game against Seneca as Purdy fell 15-5 in five innings to the Indians.
"I told the boys after the game that I was proud of them," said Hughes. "To be 5-1 at this stage of the season, I'll take it. We showed that we can compete with Class 3 schools. Seneca strung together more hits than we did. All our mistakes against the Indians are correctable."
Purdy scored a pair of runs in the first and fourth innings and squeezed a single tally in the third inning.
The Indians countered with two runs in the first inning, seven runs in the third and six runs in the fourth inning.
"We ran out of arms to put on the mound," said Hughes. "Seneca has several guys who know how to put the ball in play."
Terry went three for three against the Indians with two doubles, a single and two RBIs. Drew Williams collected three hits in three opportunities and added an RBI.