Eagles stumble in sectional round
Purdy unable to hold early lead against New Covenant
The heartache was easy to see in the faces of the Purdy baseball team (20-7) after a tough 8-5 loss to New Covenant in the Class 2 sectional round on Monday.
The Eagles watched a 3-0 lead evaporate and turn into an 8-3 hole heading into their final at-bats.
Purdy showed grit and determination getting the equalizing run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but the Eagles could not draw closer than the final 8-5 score.
“We didn’t play our best game of the year,” said Joshua Hughes, Purdy coach. “We had chances early, scoring two in the first and one in the third to go up 3-0, but we could have just as easily been up 6-0. The [Ryan] Carmack kid [on New Covenant] did a great job on the mound for them, and they took advantage of our mistakes.”
Mason Scahllert and Andrew Martinez each collected RBI hits in the first for Purdy, and Adam Humphrey delivered another RBI in the third to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.
However, the Warriors used a walk, two defensive errors and a pair of doubles to tie the score 3-3 in the top of the fourth. They would add a pair of runs in the sixth to take a 5-3 lead.
“Adam was gassed out there on the mound,” Hughes said. “He gave me everything he had. He had worked out of jams all night, and I think those three runs he gave up in the fourth took a mental toll on him.”
The Eagles lose four talented players to graduation in Jose Sanchez, Humphrey, Hunter Cook and Weston Bricker.
“We are going to have some holes to fill for sure next season,” Hughes said. “Having a son on this team and being with these guys nearly all their life, I can’t tell you what they have meant to me and to this program. I love each and every one of my guys and they will always be special to me.”
Hughes said the rebuilding process for the 2018-2019 began on Tuesday.
“We have a talented group of underclassmen coming in,” Hughes said. “They begin their summer season on Tuesday and it will carry right into the fall. We have some big shoes to fill, and we will be younger next season. Our guys aren’t afraid of hard work, and we’ll be ready to go.”