Purdy softball opens season with win

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Photo courtesy of Rodger Wheeler Rock and fire Purdy pitcher Carleigh Hall helped the Lady Eagles earn a 9-3 victory over Aurora to open the 2013-14 season. Purdy travels to Wheaton on Sept. 6.

The Purdy Lady Eagles softball team (1-0) put together a nine-hit barrage against the host Aurora Lady Houn' Dawgs on Aug. 29 and raced to a 9-3 season opening win.

Purdy pitcher Carleigh Hall got the win for the Lady Eagles, throwing four innings. She allowed 3 runs on seven hits and struck out four.

Brenna Keeler threw three innings, allowed one hit and struck out two for the Lady Eagles in relief.

Aurora committed several errors in the game, including two in the first to give junior Billie House the chance to plate Purdy's first run on a sacrifice fly to left field.

The second run of the first inning scored on a wild pitch by Aurora.

Purdy added two more runs in the top of the third, highlighted by a RBI single by sophomore Abby Parsons.

The Lady Houn's finally scored a couple of tallies of their own in the bottom of the third frame when Paige Carr led off with a walk, followed by a single to left field by Hilton.

Hailey Paulson then singled to load the bases for Aurora. Sophomore Kelsey Martin was hit by a pitch to score the first Lady Houn' Dawg run. A sacrifice fly from Logan Dunning scored the second.

Aurora got to within one run when they plated one in the bottom of the fourth, but a four-run fifth for the Lady Eagles put the game out of reach.

Skylar Lakey led off the fifth inning with a single for the Lady Eagles.

Parson then doubled to score Lakey's single, the fifth consecutive time a Purdy batter led off an inning with a hit. "We have been working really hard on our hitting," said Purdy head coach Stephanie Ray. "Tonight our first three hitters did their job by getting on base and our four, five and six hitters did their job by driving them in."
Parson finished the game two for two with two RBIs and two walks.

Lakey was two for three with a walk at the dish.

Hall and House each had one RBI for Purdy.

Purdy's coach Ray knows they too will need to improve as the season gets going.

"We didn't capitalize in some situations that we needed to," said Ray. "That will come with experience."

The Lady Eagles will be in action on Friday, Sept. 6 at Wheaton. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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