Purcell put its best foot forward for the 2019 fast-pitch softball season topping Bridge Creek on the road Monday, 11-3.

Purcell Head Coach Sarah Jones said the leadership of the juniors and seniors was very evident since the club faced some adversity early but fought back for the season opening victory.

Katelynn Carwile tossed a two hitter while her buddies were grinding out a dozen hits led by Hannah Buchanan who went 3-4 at the plate and knocked in a trio of RBIs.

Chelsea Spain, Carwile and Sunny Sanders all had two hits in the contest. Brook Fleming, Khia Tyler and Sandra Del Toro all had a hit.

“It was a great first game,” Jones said. “Boy, it was hot but that didn’t bother them and they responded well.”

The Dragons led 4-3 heading into their half of the fourth when they blew the game wide open putting up a seven-spot on the Lady Bobcats.

Jones said her team got angry and started hitting the ball harder and that turned the tide.

“It was a great thing to see all of the juniors and seniors setting the tone for the season and setting the expectations,” the coach continued.

“We always have things to work on but nothing too big that we can’t work through game to game,” she said.

Purcell was to host Harrah in the home opener Tuesday and host Lexington Friday.

The Dragons will travel to Seminole next Monday and to Pauls Valley next Tuesday.

Junior high coach Stephanie Knowles’ club also took a positive step in their season opener at home clubbing Davis 9-1.

“We had a lot of intensity for the first game,” Knowles said.  “Our pitching and hitting looked great and we ran the bases aggressively. We’re looking forward to a great year.”

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