Schad, House power Purdy past Pierce City
Lady Eagles advance to 1st Final Four since 2004
PURDY — In a game that featured two teams with Lady Eagles mascots, it was the black and gold clad ladies of Purdy (26-1) that prevailed 4-1 in Friday’s quarterfinal softball playoff game over Pierce City.
“Our girls were focused, and they stuck to the game plan,” said Lori Videmscheck, Purdy coach. “This was big. Our girls executed on defense and at the plate. They played great.”
The two softball titans battled to a scoreboard stalemate through the first four innings.
In the top of the fifth, Sami House doubled to open the frame and broke the scoring drought when teammate Mikey Schad singled to right field.
“I went to the plate looking for something to hit,” House said. “For three years, I knew this game was my last chance, and I wanted it to count.”
The lead doubled to 2-0 on an RBI single by Devyn Callahan. In the sixth frame, the dynamic duo struck again.
With two outs, House doubled and Schad singled to raise the score to 3-0. Kylie Wood then drove in Schad to make the score 4-0.
Pierce City scored a run in the bottom of the sixth on a double by Ragan Blinzler and an error.
Hallie Henderson, Purdy pitcher, then shut the door in the seventh to preserve the 4-1 victory.
Purdy wasted a scoring chance in the first inning when Callahan tripled to start the game, but was stranded at third following stellar defense from Pierce City.
The green and white Lady Eagles missed a golden opportunity in the fourth inning as they strung together three singles in the frame, but a runner was caught stealing and two ground outs ended the threat.
“I have no idea what I’m doing tonight [to celebrate],” Schad said. “We might have a cookout with Coach [Videmschek] cooking some steak. I’m not sleeping. That’s for sure.”
Purdy plays the winner of the Lincoln-Kingsville quarterfinal next Friday in the state semifinal in Springfield at 7 p.m.