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Stevenson's bomb ignites Eagles' rout

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Controlling the tempo. Purdy's Landon Terry throws a pitch in the first inning of the Eagles' 13-3 victory over College Heights on Monday. Terry also collected two hits on the afternoon. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
"See the ball, hit the ball" was the advice Purdy's Reese Stevenson received from an anonymous Eagles fan in the crowd Monday afternoon.

Stevenson responded by going three for three at the plate, including a three-run home run and four RBIs. He was a triple short of the cycle, helping the Eagles to a 13-3 victory over College Heights.

"I approached every at bat looking for a fastball," said Stevenson. "It felt good when I hit the home run. I knew I had hit the ball solid. It's a great feeling when you see it land over the fence."

Stevenson is batting .583 and has an on-base percentage of .730 and is the Eagles' lead-off hitter.

The Eagles trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning. Purdy exploded with four runs in the frame to go up 5-2.

Riley Veith doubled with one out. Cameron Terry singled to drive in Veith. A pitch hit Keevin Walker and then Stevenson drove the ball over the right field fence for a three-run dinger.

Purdy added two more in the fifth and plated six more in the sixth to inflict the mercy rule.

Landon Terry smacked two hits and earned the victory on the hill with four strikeouts. Veith and Cameron Terry both added a pair of hits for Purdy.

"We are starting to hit the ball well," said Purdy Head Coach Joshua Hughes. "What this team needed was a big dose of confidence. I think Reese's homer gave us some of that swagger we need."

"I like playing at home," added Stevenson. "Our families get a chance to come see us play. Coach Hughes always does a good job of getting us ready to play."

Purdy will be in action on Thursday at Aurora. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.

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