Lady Eagles locked and reloaded
Purdy seeks to climb state ladder in softball
The spring softball season officially kicks off on Monday for the Purdy softball team with the Mt. Vernon Tournament.
Last season, the Lady Eagles flew to their second consecutive district title under Lori Videmschek (110-24) before losing a heartbreaking 7-6 decision to eventual state champion Mt. Vernon in the sectional round.
The Lady Eagles lost several great players off the team to graduation, including Morgan Schilly, Breanna Keeler, Andrea Humphrey, Abby Parsons, Ashton Young and Skylar Lakey. However, Purdy’s cupboard is far from bare.
“We can play anyone,” Videmschek said. “We are going to be a good defensive team and strong on the mound. Our biggest asset is our ability to put the ball in play. With our speed on the bases, and being able to handle the bat at the plate, we will be tough to defend.
“Our kids need to be committed and want to win and follow the process. With that, at the end of the season, we will be a tough competitor. We need to work hard every day if we want to become that team that everyone must be prepared for.”
Returning for the Lady Eagles are: Rion Boyd and Sami House, seniors; and Hallie Henderson, Zoe Brown, Casey Ellison and Mikey Schad, juniors.
Boyd was the Ozark 7 Conference Player of the Year and a First Team All-State selection. She hit .524 with 4 home runs and 49 RBI.
House was also an All-State selection, hitting .500 with 32 RBI.
Henderson was named to the All-State team and swatted .448 from the plate with 3 home runs and 35 RBI. She was 11-2 in the pitcher’s circle with a 1.28 ERA and struck out 89 in 82 innings. She will be the Lady Eagles’ ace this year.
Ellison hit .427 with 27 RBI and will handle the team’s catching duties this season.
Brown slugged .454 with 28 RBI and swiped 34 stolen bases.
Schad will move to first base this year and hit .433 last season with 17 RBI.
Purdy will also benefit from senior Cassville transfer Devyn Callahan; Maddie Renkoski and Mackenzie Renkoski, sophomore; and Kylie Wood, freshman.