Whip it

Nick Albright and the Purcell Dragons were defeated by Alva in the Regional baseball tournament, ending their season with a 17-10 record.

Purcell ended its baseball season in the Regional Tournament at Jones with losses to Oklahoma Christian and Alva.

Oklahoma Christian jumped out to a three run lead in the first inning and stretched it to a five-love lead before the Dragons struck for two in the bottom of the fourth.

“Lucas (Jones) struggled early and could not get out of the first,” head coach Cole Sharp said.

Oklahoma Christian touched Jones for a three run home run.

Sharp brought in Nick Albright, who tossed 5 1/3 innings before giving up a two run home run in the fifth inning.

“Hitting-wise we couldn’t get any rhythm,” Sharp said. “We dug ourselves a hole in the first and couldn’t get out of it.

“We battled all game. They got two swings and scored five runs from them and we couldn’t recover from that.”

The Alva game was a different story with Purcell out-hitting the Goldbugs 9-7.

The Dragons took a one-run lead into the bottom of the seventh but Alva came through to score twice to win the game.

The Dragons stranded 11 base runners in the game.

“We couldn’t get timely hits,” Sharp said. “We left way too many runners on base and that allowed them to hang around.”

Albright got the start but ran out of pitches with the new pitch count rule.

The Dragons were leading 3-1 when Albright was removed.

Jones took the loss.

Four Dragons had two hits in the contest including Jeremy Cudd, Grant Smith, Caleb Smith and Nate Willis. Both Willis and Caleb Smith had RBIs in the game.

Purcell finished the season 17-10.

Sharp called the season, “up and down.”

“We had young players everywhere on the field,” Sharp said. “We lose two seniors. I’m excited for our future and will be ready to go next year.” 

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