"I am really proud of my girls," said Purdy head coach Stephanie Ray. "We jumped on the board early and held on for the win. I have preached all season long that we have to keep scoring and have to keep battling. Today we did that."
Purdy posted four runs in the top of the first inning.
Purdy tacked on a single run in the second when Jayse Henderson doubled and scored on a Neill single.
Pierce City's offense got on track in the second inning when sophomore Mckenzie Moreland crushed a home run over the centerfield wall, the first of her high school career. Jade Winsea then doubled and scored on a Brooke Ridenour single.
Pierce City added another tally in the bottom of third. Bailee Hayward opened the frame with a single and promptly stole second, She scored on a Sara Stearns' double to cut the lead to 5-3.
Pierce City's momentum continued into the fourth inning when Gabbie Phillips cranked a double and Winsea walked. Ridenour belted a single to score Phillips and Windsea. Hayward then singled to score Ridenour and give Pierce City a 6-5 advantage.
"We have a tendency to start the game slow," said Pierce City head coach Darin Henderson. "We have trouble finding the 'killer instinct' being able to put teams away when we have the opportunity."
Purdy battled back in the top of the fifth with Moller hitting a double and Roller walking. Wood scored Moller with a single. Roller scored on a House singles, and then Moller scored on a Doni Craig single to make the score 8-6.
Pierce City scratched out a run in the sixth, and Purdy countered with two in the seventh for the win.
For Pierce City, Moreland finished the evening three for four with a home run, two doubles, one RBI, one run scored and a stolen base. Hayward added two singles, two runs scored and three stolen bases, and Ridenour was a perfect three for three with two singles, three RBIs and two stolen bases.
Moreland struck out five over seven innings.
Hall earned the win for Purdy. She struck out two and allowed 11 hits.
Pierce City hosts Southwest on Thursday. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. Purdy is in action on Friday at the Springfield tournament. Times and opponents are to be announced.