Resolve carries the day

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Purdy catcher Kinsley Mattingly looks at the home plate umpire to see the result of a tag play at home while Marionville’s Emma Barrickman reacts to being called out. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Purdy reignites offense in district win

After one inning of play, it looked like the Purdy softball team was headed toward an easy opening-round victory against Marionville, as the Lady Eagles led 6-0.

However, the Lady Comets showed grit and moxie, plating four runs in the third, a single tally in the fourth and four runs in the fifth to take a 9-8 lead top of the fifth.

“You have to give a lot of credit to Marionville,” said Lori Videmschek, Purdy coach. “They are a good team and well-coached. I told our girls before the game that we can’t sleep on any team. We are the No. 1 seed, and we know that we are going to get everyone’s best shot.”

Videmschek said pitcher Lauren Schallert had an ankle sprain and that caused her some issues when Marionville made its comeback.

“You could tell it was bothering her by looking at her face,” Videmschek said. “You also saw it because she was missing spots, and Marionville was getting several two-strike hits.”

Still, the heart of the Lady Eagles shined through, with the team rallying for eight runs to put the game away.

“The girls didn’t quit,” Videmschek said. “They came right back and got to work on offense. That’s what we needed to do.”

Purdy advanced to the semifinal on Tuesday. Results from the game are posted at www.monett-times.com.

The championship game is slated for 5 p.m. on Thursday at Purdy. However, if needed due to weather, the game could be moved to Cassville.

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