Eagles preparing for takeoff on baseball diamond

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
With a 7-2 win over Cassville on Thursday, the Purdy baseball team won its fourth consecutive game of the season to improve to 5-3. The Eagles mauled Andrew Martinez after his home run against the Wildcats. Purdy travels to Verona on Wednesday. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Purdy starting to hit its stride

The Purdy baseball team is starting to get hot.

After a slow start to the season, the Eagles have ripped of four-straight victories, including a 7-2 statement win over Cassville on Thursday.

“We’re not anywhere near where we are capable of playing,” said Joshua Hughes, Purdy coach. “Basketball season went two weeks longer than normal, which I don’t have a problem with. Then, we lost a week of games due to the weather. Playing eight games in three weeks makes it tough to build that team chemistry. I like playing three or four times a week during the season.”

After a spastic start to the season saw the Eagles pitching and defense surrendering 28 runs in four of their first five games, Purdy has settled in and allowed just 6 runs in the last three contests while scoring 22 in the same period.

Against the Wildcats, the Eagles fell behind 2-0 in the first inning after Sol Rainey belted a 2-run home run, but that would be the lone highlight for Cassville.

The Eagles used their speed, base running and even some power hitting of their own to pull away.

“Ky Propps settled in on the mound and played well,” Hughes said. “We’re not the fastest team, but we’re going to take bases, take chances and force you to get us out. We forced Cassville to be perfect in some situations and we were able to score.”

The Eagles took the lead with a 3-run third inning. Andrew Martinez brought the crowd to its feet with a solo home run to tie the score at 2-2, and a double by Carl Hughlett and back-to-back errors by Cassville made the score 4-2.

Defensively, Purdy robbed the Wildcats of at least three hits with diving catches in the outfield.

“Defensively, I thought coming into the season it would be our strong suit,” Hughes said. “Early on, it reared its ugly head, but now, we seem to have fixed that issue. We’re not where I want to be, but we are headed that direction.”

Purdy travels Verona today. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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