Cornman's double lifts Eagles to win

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Photo by Freeze Frame Photography Diving stop Heath Burnside, a senior at Purdy High School, makes a diving catch as a Clever runner swipes a base during varsity action on May 9.

Clutch hitting, timely defense and Mother Nature all worked in the Purdy Eagles favor on May 9 as the defeated Clever 6-4 at Purdy.

Brent Cornman's three-run double with the bases loaded in the fourth inning capped an improbable six-run fourth inning to lift the Eagles.

The hit was only Cornman's third in 16 games this season.

Photo by Freeze Frame Photography Coming home Purdy's Keevin Walker trots home to score a run during the Eagles' win over Clever on May 9.

"I have seen the potential in Brent for a long time," said Hughes. "His defensive skills earned him playing time and tonight he delivered in the clutch. Confidence wise, that's huge for him."

Before the start of the game Purdy honored its four senior players: Heath Burnside, Austin Hancock, Keevin walker and Cameron Terry.

Hughes had made the decision before the game to let each senior pitch.

"I wanted these boys to be able to throw one more time at home," said Hughes. "We knew that we were preparing for districts.

Terry kicked things off on the mound allowing just one hit to Bluejays standout Chance Wolfe.

Wolfe was equally impressive throught the first three innings striking out seven of the first 10 Eagles he faced.

Clever struck for three runs in the third, highlighted by a three run round tripper by Wolfe.

Wolfe's double in the fourth scored Chance Comer to increase the lead to 4-0.

The hit also gave Wolfe sole possession of the state record for hits in a season with 58.

Purdy's luck turned around in the bottom of the fourth.

Tyler Scott led off with a four-pitch walk and consecutive singles by Terry, Alex Mareth and Robby Moody plated two runs for the home team.

A walk to Burnside reloaded the bases and a single by Walker pulled the Eagles to within 4-3.

With one out Cornman step to the plate and belted a shot that caught the left fielder flat-footed to score three runs.

Austin Hancock worked a perfect fifth inning to get the Eagles' offense back on the field.

It was at that point Mother Nature intervened and delivered a torrential down pour. In a matter of seconds, Purdy's baseball diamond turned into a suitable residence for large mouth bass.

The game was called and the Eagles secured the victory.

"This is was a very crucial victory for us," said Hughes. "If we can beat Chance Wolfe, probably the best pitcher we've seen all year, then we can beat anyone in our district."

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