Eagles gaining steam in conference play

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Purdy’s Carl Hughlett steals third base for the Eagles in a victory over Southwest on Monday. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Doubleheader on Friday to set season stage

With a brutal opening to the baseball season behind them, the Purdy baseball team is starting to show its potential.

The Eagles, 3-6 overall, have won two of their last three and host Jasper and College Heights in a rare Friday doubleheader.

Two wins would position the Eagles (3-6, 2-0) for a top-two district seed as well as in the driver’s seat for a conference title.

One huge difference for Purdy is the fact that the bats are starting to wake up in the bottom half of the lineup, especially the stick of Mason Schallert.

Schallert, in a 10-5 win over Southwest on Monday, drove in four runs and added his third double in the team’s last three games.

“We moved him down to the eight hole today because he had an off day at Cassville,” said Joshua Hughes, Purdy coach. “He showed that it didn’t bother him and he came out today and pounded the ball. That is what we need in the seven, eight and nine hitters’ spot. He is playing well.”

Hughes also said his pitching staff is starting to get things rolling.

Adam Humphrey earned the victory over the Trojans and struck out seven in four innings before being lifted due to pitch count limits.

‘We have to save some of our arms for Friday,” Hughes said. “But Adam was on tonight and that is the type of performance that he is capable of giving every time he takes the mound.”

Hughes does not believe that the season hinges on Friday’s outcome, but a pair of wins would go a long way to bringing the team together for another district tourney title run.

Purdy plays College Heights at 11 a.m. and Jasper at 1 p.m.

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