The Diamond Lady Wildcats put on a hitting clinic at the Purdy softball complex on Monday night, routing the top-seeded Lady Eagles 9-1 to win the Class 2 District 8 title. Diamond defeated College Heights, 6-0, and Marionville, 8-5, enroute to the championship tilt against Purdy.
|Diamond's Tridel Green was virtually untouchable from the pitcher's circle. She blanked the Lady Eagles for five and two-thirds innings before Addy Roller's RBI double brought home Rachael Neill for Purdy's only run of the game.||Green limited Purdy's offense to six hits and a walk in earning the victory.|
Meanwhile, Diamond jumped on the Lady Eagles early, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first inning courtesy of Michel Strausbaugh's two-out, two-RBI double. The Lady Wildcats struck again in the fourth inning, scoring four more runs on Jennifer Dunlap's RBI single and Ashley Dunn's three-RBI triple.
The lead grew to 7-0 in the top of the fifth inning on Strasbaugh's RBI single, and then Diamond added their final two runs in the sixth inning when Taryn Stevens drove in a pair with a double.
Diamond advances to the Class 2 sectional game at Ash Grove, and will face the District 7 winner.
The Lady Eagles of Purdy advanced to the championship game by besting Southwest 10-2.
Brooke Swadley took the hill for the home team and pitched a gem of a game. Sarah Conley pitched for the Lady Trojans and kept her team in it through four and a half innings.
But Purdy muscled up and scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-2 lead and then added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Swadley faced the minimum of batters in four of the seven innings and pitched to only four hitters in the sixth.
Purdy hitters went wild in consecutive innings, sending 10 hitters to the plate in the fifth and eight more in the sixth as the run count mounted. With the score tied in the fifth, Swadley helped herself with a two-RBI single to score both Rebecca Steinbach and Rebecca Neill.