Lady Eagles softball flying high

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Purdy catcher Casey Ellison attempts to tag a Mt. Vernon runner out at the plate during a win on Thursday. Rodger Wheeler Special to the Cassville Democrat

Purdy's 'Murderers Row' lineup killing opposing pitching

Six games in the the spring softball season, most teams are just starting to figure out who they are and what they can do.

Purdy Coach Lori Videmschek told her players before the season they could settle for being good, or they could strive to be great.

Purdy's Sami House attempts to leg out a triple during the Eagles' win over Forsyth on Monday. Rodger Wheeler Special to the Cassville Democrat

"The girls haven't seemed to miss a beat," Videmschek said. "The upset loss in the playoffs last year [to Stockton] has dialed them in, and now, we are pushing forward. I think they are just now seeing their potential and how high they can fly."

On Thursday Purdy improved to 6-0 and won the Mt. Vernon Invitational with a 17-2 win over Mountain Home (Ark.).

"Mountain Home is a [6A Arkansas] school," Videmschek said. "They are able to do 
several things on the diamond well, but our girls jumped on them and never let up."

The Lady Eagles lineup, according to Videmschek, is a "Murderers Row" for opposing pitching.

"One through nine, they can all swing the bat," Videmschek said. "They pick each other up. We don't have that feeling that one or two players have to carry us."

The stats do not lie either. Purdy has scored 87 runs in its six games this season, and the team has scored 17 runs on four different occasions.

As a team, the Lady Eagles are hitting .555, going 86 for 155. Even more impressive is the fact that 48 percent of their hits have gone for extra bases -- 18 doubles, 16 triples and 4 home runs. Eight players have a batting average of .500 or higher.

"I thought we might be slow out of the gate this season," Videmschek said. "But, our girls are rolling. I've been impressed by our plate discipline and willingness to do what is right for the team."

Still, there is room for improvement on the squad.

"There are little things we need to fix," Videmschek said. "We need more communication in the field like knowing who and where we are covering. We've had a few misplays in the field, but nothing that isn't fixable."

Videmschek has told her team that they cannot take any games, innings or at-bats for granted this year.

"We have a target on our backs for sure," she said. "We've beat some teams already this season that we will see probably three more times this year and even in the playoffs. You have to expect that you are going to get their best shot and you have to be ready to give them yours."

Purdy hosts Marionville on Monday. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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