Lady Eagles 3rd in SWCL

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Purdy’s Hadley Hughes lets a pitch go during a win over Blue Eye on Friday. In three games, she has 40 strikeouts and allowed only 6 hits. Kyle Troutman/editor@monett-times.com

Purdy softball wins two, falls to Crane in conference tourney

A SouthWest Central League Tournament championship was not in the cards for Purdy this season, as the Lady Eagles (2-1) fell in the semifinals to tourney runner-up Crane, 2-0.

The loss was sandwiched between a pair of wins, a 4-0 defeat of Blue Eye in the quarterfinals and a 10-0 win over Southwest in the third-place game.

Purdy’s Jessi Hoppes attempts to elude Blue Eye’s third baseman after getting caught attempting a steal against Blue Eye on Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@monett-times.com

Lori Videmschek, Purdy softball coach, said the team played up to her expectations in the two-day tournament.

“Hadley Hughes had 18 strikeouts in that first game and only walked 4,” she said. “We had a tough time with Blue Eye because the pitching is a lot slower, so it took us a while to get adjusted. We had been working that week on who we’d face in the Mt. Vernon Tournament, like Sarcoxie and Mt. Vernon, so we were practicing for speed and it took a while to adjust.”

Against Crane, Videmschek said Hughes again showed well, getting 10 Ks and allowing 3 hits. Both runs for the Lady Pirates were unearned.

“We had too many errors and left a lot of runners on base in that game,” Videmschek said. “If we get runners in scoring position and our freshmen can put the ball in play, those will turn into hits later this season.”

Against Southwest, Hughes again did her job in the circle.

“Hadley had 12 Ks against Southwest, so in three games, she had 40 strikeouts and gave up 4 walks and 6 hits,” Videmschek said. “She did her job. Defensively, we need to do better when other teams have runners in scoring position.” Sparta won the conference tourney, defeating Crane in the championship, 10-2. Videmschek said overall, it was a good start to the season.

“We got better each game and did some things very well,” she said. “I am

pleased overall with how we did.”

Purdy returns to action on Friday, hosting Kennett at 4:30 p.m.

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