Lady Eagles ready for tougher test

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Purdy coach Lori Videmschek gives a batter instructions during varsity action this spring for Purdy. Jared Lankford sports@cassville-democrat.com

Purdy coach concerned team may become lax

Coach Lori Videmschek has things going in the right direction for her Lady Eagles softball team this season.

A big, three-game stretch begins on Friday as they travel to Wheaton, then on Tuesday meet with Verona and on April 14 rematch with Mt. Vernon.

"Wheaton has a pretty good pitcher," Videmschek said. "Verona is a conference game, and Mt. Vernon is a team that we expect to see again in the playoffs."

However, things are coming a little too easy for her team, and Videmschek wants to see how her squad will perform under some duress.

"I want to know how we will respond when we get in a 1-0, 2-0 game, or any game where we trail," Videmschek said. "I'm afraid that we might become too lax and then take teams or games for granted. We haven't been challenged this season."

Purdy is fresh off a tournament championship in Pierce City on Saturday.

The Lady Eagles topped Skyline, 14-0, and defeated the host, 4-0. The four runs marked a season low for the Purdy offense, but the game was far from close.

"Our offense was not awake to start that game," Videmschek said. "We weren't crisp. We played down to Pierce City's level. We finally got things going late with some big hits, but our defense was solid all day."

Videmschek said the team's defense has been its rock, but the execution on offense with bunts and two-out hitting has witnessed the most growth.

"We are at our midway point in the season," Videmschek said. "We are still getting better, but I like where we are headed."

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