Purdy rallies past Southwest for 10-6 win
In Ozark 7 baseball action Monday, April 9, the Purdy Eagles played the role of a generous host for the first three and a half innings.
Kenny Ferguson's Trojans from Southwest High School jumped out to a 6-0 lead only to watch the Eagles rally for a 10-6 victory.
Every comeback has its starting point. Purdy's began in the top of the third when Southwest's Nathan Young delivered a two-run single that gave the Trojans a 5-0 lead and chased Purdy's starter Cameron Terry off the mound.
Enter Purdy's Alex Mareth.
Mareth relieved Terry with one out and runners on. He gave up an RBI single to Southwest's Dusty Morgan and that would be the last run the Eagles would allow.
Defensively, Purdy ended potential threats by the Trojans with some slick double plays: a four-six-three twin killing in the top of the fourth and an inning-ending six-unassisted-three double play in the top of the fifth that killed Southwest's momentum.
Offensively for Southwest, the runless generosity ended in the bottom of the third inning, as Purdy climbed back from a 6-0 deficit, plating five runs.
The Eagles' five-run third was highlighted by Keevin Walker's two-out two RBI double followed by a Heath Burnside RBI double.
"I love the way we battled back after spotting them six runs," said Purdy Coach Joshua Hughes. "I think a lot of credit goes to the (great) job Alex (Mareth) did pitching tonight. It was not an easy spot for him to walk into."
With the game tied at six heading into the bottom of the sixth, Purdy's bats exploded. The Eagles scored four times to take a 10-6 lead into the top of the seventh.
The Trojans went down quietly in their half of the seventh, as Mareth struck out the Trojans' number three and four hitters to secure the 10-6 victory. Mareth also helped his own cause by going one for three with a double and two RBI at the dish.
Burnside went three for four with a double and a RBI. Terry went two for four with three RBIs.
Southwest's Chad Oxford was two for three at the plate with two RBIs and one run scored. The Trojans' Timmy Johns went two for three at the dish with two runs and two stolen bases.
Southwest won the junior varsity contest 10-1.
On Friday, April 5, the Eagles earned a 11-1 win over Galena in five innings.
Purdy scored single tallies in the first and second innings, six runs in the third and two runs in the fifth to end the contests via the mercy rule.
"Our bats came alive tonight," said Hughes. "Tonight was the best we had hit the ball all season long. We need it to continue."
The Eagles strung together five consecutive two-out hits in the third to plate six runs.
Austin Hancock went three for four at the dish with three singles, two RBIs and two runs scored. Brent Cornman was two for two at the plate with three RBIs. and Burnside was perfect at the plate, collecting a single, a double and getting hit by a pitch.
Terry earned the win. He pitched three innings, allowed one run and struck out eight. Mareth came on to get the save.
Purdy's varsity team hosts Jasper on April 12. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.