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Purdy baseball win streak at four

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Two wins in two days. The Purdy Eagles have taken command of their season with four consecutive victories after a three-defeat start.

This week, the Eagles began with baseball calculus at College Heights.

Fourteen hits and 10 errors are more than enough in one baseball game for two teams, but at the splendid Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin Monday night, the Purdy Eagles played large in every respect. Call it wild-good.

The tidal wave of Eagle production would end the game in the sixth at 20-9.

"We struggled to hit the ball in those early games," said Coach Josh Hughes. "Pitchers were always ahead of hitters."

Despite administering a thrashing, Purdy actually trailed after two, 6-4.

After a College Heights' single became a double on casual Eagle fielding, the pressure was on, and Hughes reinforced the reality of the situation to his troops. It's too soon to cite this moment as a critical juncture in the season, but it had all the hallmarks.

Junior starter Riley Veith pitched four frames, contributing to the volume of Census-like numbers by throwing 73 times and giving up 8 runs, 5 unearned.

Crafty base running broke it open for Purdy in the fourth after College Heights had creeped within a run at 9-8. Leadoff batter Daniel Burnside walked and soon was stationed at third on College Height errors. Eagle steals and sacrifices turned second and third bases into fast-food drive thru windows, and the rout was on.

The Purdy Eagles traveled to Exeter for a makeup game Tuesday night and turned in another strong outing, winning 10-5.

Pitcher Landon Terry got the win, striking out eight.

Terry also produced two hits, while Veith and Devon Bennett each contributed three.

"We got the okay to go play this one on short notice, " said Hughes. "That's one thing I love about our administration. They help our program in scheduling. Playing a bunch of games early is good for our kids."

Now 4-3 on the season, Purdy hosts Aurora at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

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