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Purdy's bats lead to big wins

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Zeroing in on the fly. Austin Hancock, a Purdy sophomore, makes a diving catch in left field during Monday's 10-0 win over Jasper. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Purdy Eagles baseball team (10-3, 2-0) defeated McAuley 15-5 on Tuesday night. The win was the seventh in a row for the Eagles

"We played our second consecutive game without commiting any errors," said Purdy Head Coach Joshua Hughes. "Playing error free baseball this time of year is what good teams have to do to win."

Riley Veith picked up the victory for the Eagles. He pitched five innings, allowed seven hits and struck out 10.

Purdy scored seven runs in the first inning, a run in the second and five runs in the third. Cody Hall's solo home run in the fifth activated the mercy rule to end the game.

Hall finished the game two for two with three RBI. Cameron Terry went two for three with 3 RBI.

Tuesday night's game marked the fifth time this season that Purdy has won by double-digit runs.

Purdy vs. Jasper

The Purdy Eagles baseball team scored early and often as they defeated Jasper 14-0 Monday night.

Purdy used the long ball in the first inning to build a 2-0 lead.

Reese Stevenson singled to open the bottom of the first for Purdy. Devon Bennett took the next pitch from the Jasper pitcher and drove a moon shot over the scoreboard in left field.

"I knew when it left the bat I had struck it pretty good," said Bennett. "I just went to the plate looking for a first pitch fastball. I am just happy to help my team pick up a win."

Purdy would bat around in the second inning, plating eight runs and four more runs in the third. Stevenson added a solo shot in the third.

"These types of games allow us to get some of our JV boys exposure to varsity pitching," said Hughes. "We had a great effort at the plate from our batters today. The goal for our team is to win our conference and earn the number one seed in the district tournament."

Kevin Miller picked up the victory on the mound. He pitched five innings, allowed one hit and struck out five.

"It's easier to pitch when you have a lead," said Miller. "It allows me to relax, have fun and throw strikes. I know that the defense will pick me up."

Purdy will be in action on Thursday at Diamond. First pitch is slated for 4:30 p.m.

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