The Purdy Eagles defeated Pierce City 11-1 in six innings Thursday aftenoon to open the action.
"We hit the ball really well," said Purdy Head Coach Joshua Hughes. "Riley Veith pitched a great game. We put pressure on Pierce City early and got our runners home with great hitting. It was a good way to start the season."
"It's not the ideal start to the season that we had hoped for," said Pierce City Head Coach Darin Henderson. "Purdy played 20 games in the fall and it showed today. They are a very good team. We did some things well and the season is still early."
Purdy posted four runs in the third and fourth. Two more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Reese Stevenson led Purdy with two hits, a double and two runs scored. Landon Terry added two runs scored and two RBIs. Cody Hall scored a run and batted in two more.
Pierce City's lone run came in the top of the fifth.
Pierce City verses Seneca
Pierce City fell 17-1 in their second game of the eveningplaying the Seneca Indians.
"We signed on to play in this tournament because we knew we would face some good teams," said Henderson. "You learn a lot more from a loss than you do from a win. Purdy is a state ranked team and Seneca is a Class 3 school. I saw a lot of positive thing to build on in both of these games."
Purdy verses Seneca
The Purdy Eagles lost 13-12 to Seneca in the final game of Thursday night play.
Seneca jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Purdy roared back with four runs in the top of the third. The Indians countered with bottom of the third.
The Eagles chipped away at the 10-6 deficit with five runs in the fourth and one more in the fifth.
Stevenson had three RBIs for the Eagles. Terry and Hall had 2 RBIs apiece.
Seneca would win the contest with a run in the bottom of the sixth.
"It was a tough game to lose," said Hughes. "Our offense is where it needs to be but our defense and pitching isn't. I am proud of the way our kids kept battling and we look for good thing to come."