Purcell’s Fast-pitch Dragons are off to a blistering 4-0 start and are coming off a pair of run-rule victories.
After dispatching Harrah 7-2 in the home opener and first game of district play last week, coach Sarah Jones’ troupe posted an 11-1 five inning run-rule victory over Lexington.
They backed that up with a 16-2 thrashing of Seminole in another district contest Monday.
In that contest senior Katelynn Carwile went 3-4 with a trio of RBIs. Freshman Lauren Holmes was a perfect 3-3 at the plate and knocked in a pair of baserunners.
Juniors Hannah Buchanan and Brook Fleming had three RBIs apiece in the victory.
“The heat was almost unbearable but we made it through,” Jones said.
“We had a couple errors that gave them their two unearned runs but that hasn’t stopped our bats. We strung hits together when we needed to and were really aware on the bases,” the coach continued.
“Everyone in the lineup contributed. Fleming and (Chelsea) Spain both hit bombs. We had 16 hits to their three. Fleming pitched a great game with only 73 pitches, 45 being strikes and three K’s. One thing I have to give to all the girls is that even though it was extremely hot, it didn’t stop them and it wasn’t an excuse,” Jones said.
Purcell jumped out to an early 7-1 lead before putting up a nine spot on the Lady Chieftains in the fifth inning.
Carwile and Fleming were both 3-4 in the Harrah victory. Senior Sunny Sanders joined Spain in the two-hit club.
“We came into the game with a little jitters,” Jones admitted. “I think just because it was the first home game and we had a pretty big crowd. But we settled in and our first at bat couldn’t have gone better.”
Carwile singled and promptly stole second. Sanders singled followed by a free pass issued to Buchanan.
With the bases juiced, Fleming slammed a stand up double to right center, clearing the bases.
Purcell had 13 hits to Harrah’s four.
Jones said Carwile and Fleming both pitched a great game, combining with only 87 pitches in seven innings.
“That’s absolutely great with 57 of them being strikes. Carwile had four strikeouts. It was a great first home and district win,” she said.
Purcell came out relaxed in the victory over Lexington putting up two runs in the first, six in the second followed by two in the third and one in the fourth.
“They were having fun from the beginning,” Jones said.
“There were no jitters, just ready to play. We hit the ball really well and strung hits together when we needed to.
“We had a lot of girls with two or three hits in that game. Holmes made her first appearance at the plate and went 2-3 with an RBI.
The coach said Carwile, Buchanan and Fleming had three RBIs apiece, with Carwile going yard.
Carwile pitched the five inning run-rule tossing 68 pitches with 53 strikes and nine strikeouts.
“It was a great win in front of a great crowd. Our momentum and mentality are there, we just have to continue to play the way we are and keep having fun. I couldn’t have asked for a better week,” Jones said.
“I am super proud of these girls,” she continued. “The chemistry and momentum we have right now is amazing. We need to continue doing what we are doing and it will be a great season. Our entire team is full of leaders and that stems from the senior class. It is awesome to see.”
Tuesday’s game against Pauls Valley has been cancelled due to the heat.
The Dragons are scheduled to play in the Murray County Bash later this week and play at McGuinness on Monday.
The next home game is next Tuesday when the Dragons host Bethel.
Purcell edged Lexington 4-3 in the junior high battle for the bridge.
“Both teams fought hard, and pitching was great on both sides,” head coach Stephanie Knowles said.
“Ella (Resendiz) kept them guessing at the plate and Bryn (Jennings) came through with a big hit to put us ahead.”
Purcell thumped Seminole 11-1.
“The girls are starting to really work together and trust each other,” the coach said.
“Coty (Sessions) pitched a fantastic game only allowing one run.
“We hit the ball well and capitalized when we could on the bases.
“I am so so proud of these girls and my first year of coaching has been great so far,” she said.