Purdy softball shell shocked

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Purdy's Morgan Schilly slides across home plate to score Purdy's only run in the Class 1 quarterfinal on Thursday. Robyn Poyner Special to the Cassville Democrat

Quarterfinal loss sends Lady Eagles to off-season

It was like a slow-motion nightmare for Purdy Softball Coach Lori Videmschek during her team's quarterfinal loss to Stockton on Thursday.

Lack of emotion, missed opportunities and a stingy opposing pitcher was the recipe for disaster that she feared could derail the Lady Eagles' chance of advancing to its first Final Four since 2004.

Purdy senior Jayse Henderson throws across the diamond to record an out during quarterfinal action on Thursday. Robyn Poyner Special to the Cassville Democrat

"Softball is a game of opportunities," Videmschek said. "Tonight, Stockton took advantage of theirs and we didn't."

On May 11, the Lady Eagles won and emotional 5-4 victory over Marionville. Videmschek was concerned about the team maintaining that emotional high against Stockton.

"Not being able to get hyped up liked we were on [May 11] was one of my fears coming into tonight," Videmschek said. "I tried to keep everything upbeat and high energy, but it wasn't happening today."

The Lady Tigers jumped on Purdy early, plating two runs in the top of the first inning.

The Lady Eagles responded in the bottom of the first and advanced runners to second and third with one out, but failed to score.

Purdy did score in the third to cut the advantage to 2-1, but Stockton plated two more runs in the fourth to establish the three-run cushion.

Purdy threatened in the fourth and fifth frames with runners at second and third, but scored zero runs in those situations.

"All season long, we had been clutch in those types of scenarios," Videmschek said. "Our approach was to be

aggressive, but we weren't.

"We swung at bad pitches that we should have let go by and then let good pitches go by that we should have swung at.

"Three times we had opportunities to score multiple runs and we just failed to get the job done."

Videmschek spend several minutes meeting with her team after the game and told them to use this game as a learning experience.

The Lady Eagles will lose just one player to graduation -- Jayse Henderson.

"We had a good season," Videmschek said. "I told the girls we won a conference championship, a district championship and a sectional game. We want to come back and have the opportunity to compete for a state title next year.

"We'll take two or three weeks off and then we'll begin our summer workout routine."

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