Offensive woes mount for diamond Eagles

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Purdy’s Adam Humphrey tags Monett’s Zach Burgherr during varsity action on Saturday. Jared Lankford/

Purdy searching for answers at the plate, wins

It is often the little things that drive coaches crazy in sports.

On Monday, Joshua Hughes, Purdy baseball coach, expressed this sentiment to his team after a 7-1 loss to Cassville dropped the Eagles to 0-3 on the season.

“We’re not hitting the ball, getting bunts down and moving runners,” Hughes said. “We aren’t making adjustments, and instead of trying to hit the ball, we are waiting for someone else to get the ball rolling.”

In their first 21 innings this season, the Eagles have tallied a total of three runs.

Purdy fell 7-2 to Monett on Saturday morning and lost a 3-0 decision to Spokane Saturday afternoon.

“Our pitching and defense have both been good,” Hughes said. “It hasn’t been perfect, but good. However, you can’t score three runs and expect that good pitching is going to be enough.”

On four occasions this season, the Eagles have had a runner at third base with less than two outs and failed to score.

Twice on Monday, Purdy loaded the bases with fewer than two outs, only to be denied a score.

“We popped the ball up, or worse yet, we were taking strike three on pitches that were out over the plate,” Hughes said.

“We don’t look like the team that went 15-2 in the spring. That, to me, is frustrating. The answers have to come from the players. We’re a better team than what we are showing.”

Purdy plays Seneca on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Cassville.

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