Purdy comes up short

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Lauren Schallert throws a pitch for the Lady Eagles in their quarterfinal match with Mt. Vernon on Friday. MSL Photography llc/Special to The Monett Times

Lady Eagles see season end in quarterfinals

The Purdy softball team showed all the grit and determination a team needed to advance to the softball Final Four, but could not come up with the clutch hit when they needed it most in a 2-0 loss to Mt. Vernon on Friday.

For six innings, the story of the game was the outstanding pitching of Purdyís Lauren Schallert and Mt. Vernonís Katelyn Kotlarz.

Pitcher Lauren Schallert worked out of a two-on, no-out situation in the top of the fifth with three straight strikeouts.

In the first inning, she also snagged a laser one-hop shot to record the final out of the inning with a Lady Mountaineer runner at third.

Mt. Vernon only managed four hits off the Purdy sophomore, but the damage was done in the seventh inning.

A leadoff walk to Raegan Prescott was followed by a home run to centerfield by Kassidy Anderson to supply the needed runs.

Purdy had multiple chances to take a lead or tie the game, only to be stymied by Mt. Vernon.

A double play erased a scoring chance in the fifth inning for the Lady Eagles, and Purdy loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, only to see Kotlarz induce a strikeout and harmless pop fly.

In the seventh inning, Dally Craig walked and Annabelle Bowman clanked a double off the left field fence to put the tying runs at second and third with no outs.

However, a strike followed by Craig getting thrown out at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch, followed by a fly out to centerfield, ended the threat.

As painful as the loss was for the Lady Eagles, there is a bright silver lining.

Eight of the teamís nine starters return next season, and only one of those players will be a senior.

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