Lady Eagles remain red hot

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Purdy wins tourney in Sweet Springs, outscores foes 24-0

The hottest team in southwest Missouri is located in Purdy.

In 15 games this spring softball season, the Lady Eagles (14-1) have allowed just 16 total runs. Nine times the squad has shut out their opponents, and twice this season they have defeated last year’s state champion Mt. Vernon in convincing fashion, outscoring the Lady Mountaineers by a combined count of 21-2.

The two softball titans will meet for a third time on Thursday and could potentially meet again in the state playoffs.

This season, Purdy has been on a mission to reach the final four and erase two years of frustration in which they fell short of that goal, but had to live with the frustration of watching a team they beat in the regular season win a state title.

With an offense that has scored 156 runs this season, almost 10 runs a game, Purdy is making a case that this could be the year. As a team, the Lady Eagles are hitting a scorching .430.

Every starter is hitting about .333 for Purdy.

Over the weekend, the Lady Eagles won the Sweet Springs tournament, dispatching host Sweet Springs, 1-0, Crest Ridge, 10-0 and Mt. Vernon, 13-0.

Against Sweet Springs, Purdy pitcher Hallie Henderson allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out 17. Henderson also drove in the only run in the bottom of the sixth.

Against Mt. Vernon, Henderson struck out 13 and allowed just one hit, and her offense did the rest.

First pitch on Thursday is set for 5 p.m.

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