Eagles coming around on the diamond

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Hunter Cook scores a run for Purdy on Monday during a win over Miller. Jared Lankford/sports@monett-times.com

Purdy in thick of Ozark 7 Conference title race

Joshua Hughes, Purdy baseball coach, used an old saying to address his squad after an 8-2 win over Miller on Tuesday.

"A win is a win, and that is what we got tonight," Hughes told his team.

James Hughlett fields a ball in front of the pitcher's mound and makes the throw to Dusty Videmschek to record an out during varsity action for Purdy on Monday. Jared Lankford/sports@monett-times.com

The Eagles, 8-4, are still finding their stride this season, but Hughes said he sees a light at the end of the tunnel.

"We have just found ways to win," he said. "We haven't been scoring the ball one through nine, but that has begun to change. Dusty [Videmschek] has stepped up and hit well lately, and Sydney Birge is just getting back from injury, so we have things headed in the right direction."

Videmschek was 3-for-3 against the Cardinals on Monday. The senior said he wants to do anything that will help the team win.

"Last year, we were pretty young and we didn't have a lot of faith in each other," he said. "We've had some late nights this spring getting in extra batting practice and fielding balls so that we trust each other on the field and know that we are going to come through when we need to."

The Eagles are still in contention for a conference title and high district seed. Hughes believes both are attainable if the team keeps on its current track.

"We have to improve every day," Hughes said. "We have Sydney back, and he is showing signs of picking up where he left off last year. Our pitchers are set up the way we want them. We just have to work on consistency and execution. I like where we are headed."

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