Eagles softball fighting for the Final Four

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
McKenzie Renkoski fields a ball in centerfield for the Lady Eagles during varsity action this season. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Purdy, Mt. Vernon vie for semifinal berth

Year in and year out, Purdy and Mt. Vernon have been the class of the area in spring softball.

On Thursday, the two diamond titans will battle each other for the right to advance to the Class 1 Final Four.

The two have tangled twice this season, with each team claiming a victory.

“We beat them 12-8 in an error-filled and ugly game in their tournament,” said Lori Videmschek. “They then came here and beat us 3-1 in a game where we left 11 runners on base. They know us real well and we know them real well. I look for them to come in and slap and bunt the ball around, and our defense has to be up to the task.”

If the game turns into the defensive slugfest that Videmschek believes it will, the Lady Eagles feel good about their chances of advancing to the next round.

On Monday, Purdy defeated Forsyth, 3-0 to advance.

The Lady Eagles jumped on the board with two runs in the first inning with RBI doubles from Kylie Wood and Bayleigh Robbins.

Videmschek believes that Purdy’s experience in the playoff played a huge role in the victory.

“Forsyth’s pitcher walked the first batter of the game,” Videmschek said. “I think she was a little tight, and that helped us get that early lead. In the fifth inning, McKenzie Renkoski made a diving catch when they had runner on second and third with two outs. If she misses that ball, it is a totally different game.”

First pitch between Purdy and Mt. Vernon Thursday is set for 5 p.m.

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