Purdy rallies past Pierce City in extra innings, 6-5
Eagles sophomore hurler gets final 6 outs with strikeouts
PIERCE CITY — It was everything a district title baseball game should be — good offense, great defense and several tense moments — and in the end, it was Purdy that claimed a 6-5 Class 2, District 12 championship over Pierce City in 8 innings on Tuesday.
Senior Adam Humphrey ripped a RBI single in the top of the 8th to score Jose Sanchez and provide the winning margin. Sophomore Zane Brown struck out six Pierce City batters in the final two innings to preserve the win.
The game could not have started any better for Pierce City.
The Eagles sent eight batters to the plate. Dallas Kleiboeker, Aaron Garner, Hunter Tindell, Donell Kleiboeker and Gage Brown all singled to give the Green and White and early 3-0 advantage.
Purdy cut into the lead in the top of the third inning when Jose Sanchez scored on a Mason Schallert ground out. The Eagles missed a golden opportunity to draw closer as they then loaded the bases, but could not pass home.
Pierce City wasted no time responding with a Tindell moonshot over the left-center fence to establish a 4-1 advantage.
In the top of the fifth, Purdy applied more pressure, with Hunter Cook and Adam Humphrey collecting RBI singles to pull withing 4-3.
Tindell walked to open the fifth inning and scored two batters later on a Donell Kleiboeker single to claim a 5-3 advantage.
Purdy continued to apply pressure in the top of the sixth frame when Sanchez was hit by a pitch and three consecutive walks sent him across the plate. A sacrifice fly hit by Cook scored Kyler Propps and tied the score at 5-5.
Pierce City had its chances in the sixth and seventh frames. However, the Eagles had two runners picked off first base in the sixth frame.
In the seventh, Ashley doubled to open the inning. Brown entered the game to pitch for Purdy and issued an intentional walk to Tindell. Brown rebounded to strike out the next two hitters, but then hit Brown to load the bases before striking out Aric Zabala.
In the top of the eighth, Andrew Martinez reached on an error and Cook was hit by a pitch before Humphrey drove in the go-ahead run. Pierce City cut down two Purdy runners at the plate to keep the deficit at one run. Brown, however, worked a one-two-three bottom of the eighth, striking out Logan Kluck, Dallas Kleiboeker and Aaron Garner to secure the victory.
Purdy will host the section round on Tuesday its opponent. Game time has yet to be determined.