Purdy sends seniors off with a win

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Going out a winner Democrat Photo by Jared Lankford Purdy High School honored its senior softball players at the final home game of the season on Oct. 1. Pictured above, from left, are: Lydia Berry, coach Stephanie Ray and Mattie White.

The Purdy Lady Eagles (8-13) earned a 10-0 victory over the Galena Lady Bears on Monday, Oct. 1, which was senior night.

For Mattie White and Lydia Berry the evening was emotional. It marked the final time they played on the dirt at Purdy as a Lady Eagle.

"These two girls have been wonderful to coach," said Stephanie Ray. "Mattie has been an anchor behind the plate as our catcher and at the plate as a hitter. Lydia is the ideal kid to coach. She does everything that is asked of her and is an inspiration to her teammates."

Against the Lady Bear,s each senior played an important role.

Purdy broke a scoreless tie in the third inning when Jayse Henderson singled. Carleigh Hall reached on an error, and White drew a walk to load the bases. Breanna Keeler then doubled to score Henderson and Hall.

White and Keeler scored on wild pitches to lift Purdy to a 4-0 lead.

Hall was stellar on the mound, keeping the Lady Bears off-balance. She allowed two hits and struck out 10 in six innings of work.

The Lady Eagles added a single tally in the fourth and two more runs in the fifth to build a 7-0 lead.

It was the Purdy seniors who began and ended the sixth inning.

Berry led off the sixth with a solid single to center. Henderson and White loaded the bases via a single and a walk. Andrea Humphreys's one-out single scored Berry and Henderson. White scored on Skylar Lakey's ground out to initiate the 10-run mercy rule.

"We have won five of our last seven games," said Ray. "That should give us positive momentum heading into district play."

Purdy opens Class 2, District 5 play tonight (Wednesday) against Sarcoxie in Sarcoxie. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

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