Purdy secures Ozark 7 title

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Giving it a ride Photo courtesy of Freeze Frame Photography Wheaton senior Jory Bartkoski collects a hit for the Bulldogs in their conference game with Purdy.

The Purdy Eagles baseball team defeated Wheaton 5-2 on April 22 to claim the Ozark 7 Conference title.

The championship is the fourth consecutive for the Eagles and seventh in the last eight years.

"It's a great honor to win the title. The boys work year round to raise the level of their play," said Purdy coach Joshua Hughes. "We don't want this to be the highlight of our season. We know we have more to play for."

Staying focused Photo courtesy of Freeze Frame Photography Purdy's Keevin Walker prepares to tag out a Wheaton runner at second base.

Wheaton is always a tough matchup for the Eagles, and the Tuesday night battle didn't disappoint.

Matt Hickman drew a one-out walk in the Bulldogs' half of the third, and Tyler Musick reached on an error.

Jory Bartkoski singled to right field to score Hickman and Musick to give Wheaton a 2-0 lead.

The good vibrations of the positive inning were short lived for the Bulldogs. Purdy ace Cameron Terry quieted the Wheaton bats for the remainder of the game.

Terry threw seven innings and allowed four hits and one earned run and struck out 15.

The Eagles score with three runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead.

Tyler Scott was hit by a pitch to open the fourth inning. Terry then laced a single to left field to score Scott.

Alex Mareth reached base on an error. Heath Burnside then doubled to score Terry and Mareth and lift Purdy to 3-2.

The Eagles added two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh when Austin Hancock's fielder's choice scored Robby Moody and Jared Smith.

"Our defense and pitching was solid all night," said Hughes. "We still need to be more consistent at the plate, but we got the clutch hits tonight when we needed them."

Wheaton's Kyle Robbins took the loss. He threw seven innings and allowed seven hits and four earned runs and struck out three.

Musick was two for four at the dish with a double.

Terry was a perfect three for three at the plate with a run scored and an RBI. Moody collected two hits in three tries.

Purdy travels to Pierce City on April 25. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.

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