On a beautiful sundrenched evening, the Purdy Lady Eagles softball team advanced to the semi-final round of the Missouri Class 2, District 10 softball playoffs, defeating College Heights 12-1 Wednesday night,
Purdy the #2 seed will play the third-seeded Diamond Lady Wildcats today at 6 p.m. This will be the second time these schools have met this year. Purdy prevailed in a 15-11 shootout in the first meeting.
"I thought we hit the ball really well tonight," said Purdy Head Coach Jeff Swadley. "The girls bats have come alive."
The Lady Eagles scored in groups of three on Monday night. They posted three runs in the first, third, fifth and sixth innings.
Carlee Hall got the win. She pitched five innings and walked two, allowing three hits and striking out seven.
Addy Roller went three for four at the plate with a triple, two runs scored and a RBI. Taylor Moller went two for three with a triple and a RBI. Brooke Swadley was one for two with a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs. Rebecca Neill went one for four with a double, three runs scored and one RBI.
"I thought Hall pitched her little heart out," said Swadley. "This win was the first step in achieving our goal of a district crown. Diamond is a good team, and its record is very deceiving. The Lady Wildcats play an extremely hard regular season, and it pays off in the playsoffs.
"The district championship has been decided by the Diamond-Purdy game the last two years," Swadley continued. "It is going to be a battle. We have to be fundamentally sound. Nothing less than our best effort will do."
Sarcoxie defeated Southwest 8-6 in eight innings to advance and play Pierce City in the other semi-final game. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.