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Southwest comeback ruins Purdy

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Purdy Eagles squandered a 3-0 lead in the championship game of the Class 2 District 12 baseball tournament at Purdy on Thursday night, losing to the Southwest Trojans, 7-4. Southwest earned its first ever district baseball title, while the Eagles could only wonder, "what if?"

The seeds held true throughout the district tournament, as Southwest mowed down both Sarcoxie and Pierce City, and Purdy enjoyed a first-round bye before defeating College Heights to set up the championship game between the Ozark 7 Conference rivals. The weather again figured into the picture, with the 5 p.m. start time delayed to give the grounds crew time to prepare the field after another round of heavy rains.
Purdy's Landon Terry took the hill for the home team and retired the Trojans on just five pitches in the top of the first inning. Southwest starting pitcher Levi Roberts ran into trouble almost immediately when Purdy came to bat for the first time. The Trojans allowed 2 runs and two hits, as the Eagles took an early 2-0 lead. Daniel Burnside supplied the two-out, two-RBI single for Purdy.
The Eagles scratched out another run in the fourth inning and led 3-0. Kevin Miller drove in a run with another two-out single to increase the lead to 3-0. The Trojans avoided a big inning when Riley Veith was caught in a rundown between third base and home for the second out.
In the fifth inning, Southwest came alive at the plate. Although Purdy pitchers Terry, Miller and Veith held the Trojans scoreless for six of the game's seven innings, Southwest baserunners found home plate seven times in the fateful fifth. Terry had to pitch to Trojans strongman Josh Hartin with the bases loaded, and Hartin clubbed a two-RBI double to left field to tie the game.
Miller relieved Terry with runners at second and third and only one out. After Tyler Ferguson struck out for the second out, Southwest rang up Miller for four more runs on a pair of hits, a walk and an error. Miller finally drew a groundout force for the final out, but the Trojans had taken a shocking 7-3 lead.
Hartin, the winning pitcher against Pierce City, came on to pitch for Southwest in the bottom of the fifth. Purdy managed only one hit -- a single by Terry with two outs -- and the score remained 7-3 after five full innings.
Miller blanked the Trojans in the sixth, and then his Eagles scored a fourth run when Burnside hit for his third RBI of the game, pushing Cody Hall home from third base. But Burnside was stranded when Hartin came up with two strikeouts to end the inning.
Riley became the third Purdy pitcher in the seventh inning. He allowed a single by Jake Shrum but shook off the hit and an error on the following play to strike out Travis Hayworth and Austin Rettman to end the Southwest threat.
Trailing 7-4, Purdy came to bat in the bottom of the seventh and final inning. Designated hitter Martin Sanchez drew a leadoff walk from Hartin before a fielders choice and two strikeouts ended Purdy's scoring hopes and clinched the district title for the Trojans.
Southwest scored its 7 runs on 10 hits, six of them in the decisive fifth inning. Purdy scored 4 runs on seven hits, but only managed two hits and a single run in the final three innings after Southwest took the lead in the fifth.
Purdy finishes the season as the district runnerup, while district champion Southwest will host Stockton in a playoff game on Monday afternoon at Washburn.

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