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Dragons draw tough regional

No. 6 Purcell sent down to Byng Regional

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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 9:00 am

Purcell drew a tough regional tournament in fast-pitch softball with the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association sending them to Byng with Ada and Broken Bow.

The Dragons will open the tournament with Broken Bow (today) Thursday at 2 p.m.

The winner will face the winner of Ada and Byng with the finals set for Friday.

The Dragons tuned up for the ultra tough regional with an 8-0 shutout victory over visiting Noble here Monday.

Senior McKenna Eubank tossed a no-hitter at the Lady Bears.

Meanwhile, the Purcell bats were mostly yawners themselves with the Dragons picking up only four hits.

Mary Pollok and Emily Cudd had the only two hard hit balls, head coach Jamie Roberts confirmed.

Pollok crushed a shot to left field in the third frame. The problem: the double didn’t score a run because the base paths were empty at the time.

Cudd’s rope single down the left field line in the first inning plated the first two Purcell runs.

“We also got solid pitching from McKenna,” Roberts said. “We will need that in the tournament later this week.

The Dragons lost a close extra-inning affair to one of the best hitting teams in the entire state when 6A Carl Albert came calling here last Tuesday.

Roberts said sophomore hurler Emily Cudd had one of her best games of the entire season in the circle, limiting the Lady Titans to three hits while Purcell had seven hits.

Kaylin Taylor led the offense in a 3-4 outing. She had a pair of stolen bases and scored Purcell’s lone run in a 2-1 eight inning loss

Purcell held a 1-0 lead heading into the top of the seventh when a couple of errors allowed Carl Albert to tie the game at one-all.

In the eighth, with Carl Albert down to its final out, another Purcell error led to a bloop single for the go-ahead run.

Purcell loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth but were unable to push across a run and fell to 27-9 on the season.

“Emily pitched as well as she has all season holding one of the best hitting teams in the state to three hits” head coach Jamie Roberts said. “We out-hit them but those errors in the late innings hurt.”

Bailee McGowen went 2-4 in the game while McKenna Eubank and Cudd both had a hit.

Eubank had the game’s lone RBI for the Dragons when she knocked in Taylor in the fifth.

Purcell is currently ranked No. 6 in 5A.

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