Purdy seeking offseason growth

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Purdy Coach Joshua Hughes waves Robby Moody home to try to score a run for the Eagles. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Eagles' season ends with district loss

Purdy coach Joshua Hughes was short, sweet and to the point when he addressed his team after a 10-0 loss to Marionville to end the season.

"Only two teams end their seasons with wins," he said. "The state champion and the third place team. All the rest lose. If we want to end next year with a win, the work has to start now."

Hughes new that this season would be a challenge. An inexperienced roster, offensive struggles and off-field issues took away from Purdy's ability to gain much positive traction.

"Our pitching and defense wasn't great, but it wasn't that bad either," Hughes said. "It was good enough to keep us in games. We just struggled to score runs. It is a problem that we'll address in the off season."

Hughes stated that his team grew as the year progressed and that what they do over the summer drives them for next season.

"We are still young, we need to play games," Hughes said. "The experience our guys gained this year has to be carried on into next season but we have to be 100 percent committed to getting better."

The Eagles end the season with an 8-15 record and finished second in the Ozark 7 Conference.

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