Applying pressure

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Andres Aldaba checks with the umpire to make sure the out was recorded at second as a College Heights runner attempted to steal a base on Monday. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Senior Night ends with Purdy win

It was a night Purdy senior Mason Schallert will not soon forget.

The do-it-all player, playing his final regular season home game, not only collected the win on the mound, but sent a moon shot over the centerfield fence in the fourth inning for his third home run of the season in a 6-0 victory over College Heights on Monday.

Purdy, which moved to No. 4 in the state rankings, was hitless in its first three at-bats.

The Eagles used a Carl Huglett walk, two stolen bases and an Andres Aldaba sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead.

Schallert, in the fourth inning, uncorked a rocket-ship blast that easily cleared the 20-foot high fence to double the lead.

On the mound, he had to deal with Cougar traffic nearly every inning, but relied on his teammates to share the load.

“Our defense did a heck of a job backing me up,” Schallert said. “I’m not a strikeout pitcher. I’m a pitch to contact guy, and our defense just made plays behind me.”

Joshua Hughes, Purdy coach, said the ability to do the little things right was a key for his team in the win.

“These games are only going to get harder,” Hughes said. “We only had one hit in the first five innings. We had to scratch out a run in the third. Defensively, we caught two runners stealing and made big pitches and big outs in the field. That’s what teams have to do in order to win.”

Schallert said this was an awesome way for him to go out at home as a senior.

“To be the winning pitcher and hit a home run, I’ll remember it for the rest of my life,” he said.

Hughlett, Kyler Propps and Jed Wimsatt also played their final home regular season game for the Eagles.

“I won’t give the number out yet because the season is still going, but these guys have won more games in their four years than any other team in a four-year span here,” Hughes said. “That’s saying a lot because we had a quarterfinal team four years ago. They have played and won a lot of game for us.”

Purdy heads to Miller this weekend for the Miller Tournament.

District seeds were set to be voted Wednesday morning. Crane will play host to this year’s district tournament.

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