The number one seed Pierce City versus the number two seed Purdy. It's what every tournament wants. Tonight in the Class 2 District 10 softball playoff that is exactly what you will get.
The Pierce City Lady Eagles advanced to the finals with a 8-1 win Thursday night over Sarcoxie.
Sarah Stearns got the win. She pitched seven innings, allowed one earned run, struck out seven walked four and allowed three hits.
The Lady Eagles scored two runs in the first, two in the fourth and four in the sixth building an eight run lead.
"We used our speed and made plays," said Pierce City Head Coach Darin Henderson "The girls played fired up and overcame some early nervousness to win."
|The Lady Eagles were led by Makina Kelley's two for two appearance at the plate. She belted a triple, had two RBIs and two runs scored. Kaelyn Osborn went two for four with two runs scored. Sara Stearns was two for four with a double and two RBIs. Emily Ashley was one for four with one runs scored. Brittany Young was one for three with a run scored. Jade Winsea and Faith Strong are also credited with runs scored.|
"We came out tonight and threw strikes," Henderson said. "This is just another win. Friday night we are going to approach the game just like any other. We need to play loose, and do what we do. If we show up and play our game we will take care of business."
For over two hours Thursday night you could cut the tension in the cool October air as the second seeded Purdy Lady Eagles battled the third seeded Diamond Lady Wildcats. When the dust finally settled Purdy had scrapped its way to a 5-3 win.
"Diamond plays the toughest schedule in the state of Missouri," Said Purdy Head Coach Jeff Swadley. "They always come into the district tournament battle tested. We knew coming into this game that only our best team effort would allow us to win."
Purdy scored first in the bottom of the second inning. Addy Roller led off the inning with a double. She would score when Taylor Moller reached on an error. Diamond immediately answered with the tying run in top of the third.
In the bottom of the fifth the Lady Eagles put together a two-out rally. Brooke Swadley doubled and stole third. The next batter Addy Roller quickly fell behind in the count 1-2. On the next pitch Roller drove the ball between third base and a diving shortstop to score Swadley. Taylor Moller then tripled to score Roller and would score on a Diamond error giving the Lady Eagles a 4-1 advantage.
"Honestly, I was upset with Brooke (Swadley) when she stole third," Jeff Swadley said. "Addy (Roller) and Taylor (Moller) have been swinging the bat so well, I didn't want to run into an out."
Diamond used their own two-out rally to load the bases and punch in two runs in the top of the sixth. Coach Swadley then changed pitchers, calling on his daughter Brooke to get the final out of the inning. She only needed three pitches to strike out the Lady Wildcat batter and end the threat.
"Brooke has a great will to win," Jeff Swadley said. "I thought all our pitcher did a great job tonight. It took all three of them to get the win. They each stepped up and made something happen when we needed it the most."
Purdy would punch one more insurance-run across the plate in the sixth inning. However, Diamond would not go away quietly. The Lady Wildcats got the tying runners on second and third with one out in the seventh before Purdy's Tori Wood could strike out the last two batters to clinch the win.
"I talked with the team before the game to night and told them we needed to play like a family," added Jeff Swadley. "We came together tonight, just like a family. We went through highs and lows and came out of the game a little stronger."
Woods pitched four and a third innings. She allowed four hits, four walks and struck out six. Swadley pitched one-third inning with one strikeout. Carlee Hall got the win. She pitched two and two-thirds innings allowed two earned runs, two hits, walked four and struck out one.
Roller was two for four at the plate with a double, two runs scored and a RBI. (Brooke) Swadley was two for three with a double and one run scored. Moller finished one for three with a triple, one RBI and one run scored. Mattie White went two for three with a run scored.
"Friday night we need to play loose and believe in each other," added Coach Swadley. "We have been in these types of games before. We are either going to win or lose, it's that simple. We just have to go play and play hard and play with enthusiasm."
First pitch for the championship game is slated for 5 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come early to get the best seats.