Purdy Eagles are district champions

Thursday, May 24, 2007
Purdy Eagles are district baseball champs The 2007 Purdy Eagles baseball team won the district championship last week. Team members are pictured above with their district trophy. In the front row, from left, are: Caleb Willey, Daniel Barrientos, Chris Bennett, Derek Dailey, Daniel Burnside, Trenton Dailey and Jesse Webb. Back row: Coach Josh Hughes, Ryan Veith, Blake Williams, Mason Roller, Corey Moller, Trent Goetz, Spencer Terry, Josh Wiseman and Assistant Coach Craig Moody. Photo by Linda Patton (b)

The Eagles of Purdy hosted the Class 2, District 10 tournament this past week. Purdy was seeded first and proved why, routing two teams and beating another en route to a district championship.

The Eagles first played conference rival Southwest on Monday, May 14 to open of district tournament.

The Trojans scored the game's first run in the top of the first inning but never crossed the plate again. Purdy scored multiple times over the next couple innings and the game halted play after five innings, due to the 10-run rule. The Eagles won 14-1.

Spencer Terry (4-2) started on the mound. He had 12 strikeouts and gave up only two hits.

Chris "Nothing, but Business" Bennett led the Eagle offense. He had three doubles with six RBI. Corey Moeller had two hits with three RBI. Derek Dailey also helped with a two-run homerun.

In the district semi-final game, Purdy took on Pierce City (8-5) on Tuesday, May 15.

Purdy got off to a good start in the first inning. After retiring the first three Pierce City batters, the Eagles of Purdy sent eight batters to the plate. Those players amassed two hits, two walks, a sacrifice bunt and three runs to give them the lead 3-0.

Pierce City's lead-off batter singled in the second, advancing on a ground ball and then scoring on another. Purdy's offense did not stop though, scoring three more runs to end the second and taking a 6-1 lead.

After a scoreless third, Purdy decided it was time to end the game. Among a bevy of walks, Mason Roller and Trent Goetz both had two RBI doubles that helped Purdy score six in the inning and take a 12-1 lead.

Moeller then held Pierce City silent in the fifth, and the game was called.

Moeller started on the mound for Purdy. He pitched five innings, giving up three hits and no walks with only one earned run. Moeller struck out five and needed only 69 pitches to complete the game, 42 of which were strikes.

Terry and Roller led the offense in the game. Terry went two-for-two with two walks, a double, three runs and two stolen bases. Roller went two-for-three with a double, a walk, a stolen base, two runs and three RBI.

Goetz also had a nice game, hitting one-for-three with a double, a walk, a run, a stolen base, a great defensive play and two RBI. Other hitters for the Eagles were Ryan Veith, Trenton Dailey and Moeller.

Purdy then moved on to the district championship game. The unlikely Diamond Wildcats (7-11) were the Eagles' next foe. The Wildcats upset Sarcoxie and then College Heights to work their way into the championship.

Roller started on the mound for Purdy and took just enough time to warm up. Despite loading the bases in the first, Roller gave up just one run. His team then backed him up and came up with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.

Diamond did not go away though. The Wildcats scored a run in the fourth to cut the deficit to 4-2, but Purdy roared back, scoring three more runs and winning the game and championship 7-2.

Roller (8-2) got the complete game win. He gave up only four hits and struck out 10.

At the plate, Blake Williams led the Eagles. He went two-for-three with two RBI. Terry and Goetz also had two hits a piece.

Purdy (16-8) will next play a sectional play-off game at Forsyth (18-6) today (Wednesday). If the Eagles win that game then they play the winner of the Conway/Houston match-up at home on Friday.

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