Diamond showdown comes to Pierce City Tuesday

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Kyler Proops and the Purdy baseball team look to be the last ones standing in district baseball action beginning on May 12. Jared Lankford/sports@monett-times.com

Area teams to clash for district champion rights

In what should be an evenly matched baseball tournament, the Class 2, District 12 seeds and brackets were released on Thursday.

This year’s event will again be hosted by Pierce City and is set to be contested May 12-14.

Pierce City and Purdy landed the top two seeds, respectively, for the second consecutive year and earned first round byes in the six-team field.

The dust-diamond titans have clashed twice this season with Pierce City scoring a 5-4 come-from-behind walk-off win at their first meeting.

However, the voting for the district seeding took place before Wednesday’s 13-3 romp by Purdy over Pierce City in the title game of the Miller tournament.

While some fans may speculate that Pierce City may have not thrown its ace in the game, a 10-run, five-inning loss gives Purdy the talking point that seeds do not matter.

Both top-seeded teams need only to look to last season to be reminded that seeds in this tournament can be meaningless, as both were upset in bracket play by McAuley Catholic.

College Heights is the No. 3 seed in this year’s field along with Southwest, No. 4; McAuley, No. 5; and Miller, No. 6. All hope to be the new Cinderella that steals the spotlight.

College Heights and Miller will open tourney play on Saturday, May 12. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

Southwest and McAuley concluded the Saturday night twinbill with a 5 p.m. start.

On Monday, May 14, Pierce City hosts the Southwest-McAuley winner at 5 p.m. with Purdy entertaining the College Heights-Miller victor.

The championship is slated for Tuesday, May 15 at 5 p.m.

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