Mother Nature was the big winner on the softball field last week with Purcell washed out of every game on the schedule.
District games at Lindsay and at home with Bridge Creek were both rained out.
Purcell will try to pick up the pace to get their district games in.
A regularly scheduled match up at Marlow loomed Tuesday. Friday the Dragons will host Little Axe for a double header and travel to Comanche on Monday. All of those games are district games.
Instead of traveling to Sulphur September 20, Purcell will go to Lindsay for a make-up district contest.
When the Dragons got back in action Monday at home hosting Holdenville for a pair of key district games, it was a mixed bag.
The Dragons won the first game 6-1 but dropped the nightcap, 10-9 putting them in third place in the district standings. The top four finishers in the district advance to Regionals.
“We started slow in the first game,” head coach Sarah Jones said. “You could tell we hadn’t seen live pitching in 10 days due to the rain.”
Purcell got some traction in the bottom of the fourth when Chelsea Spain spanked a lead off double.
Hannah Buchanan reached first base on an error that scored Spain.
In the bottom of the fifth, Purcell scored another run stretching their lead to 2-zip.
Brook Fleming smacked a line drive for a single. Kinley Croslin pinch ran for Fleming and was moved to second and eventually to third.
Jones said that’s when Khia Tyler grounded out to second but she picked up an RBI.
Holdenville cut the lead in half in the top of the sixth but the Dragons busted the game wide open in their half of the sixth pushing across four runs.
“We finally got the bats rolling in the sixth,” Jones said.
With the bases juiced Sandra Del Toro singled to score Buchanan. Tyler laid down a perfect bunt for a single to score Croslin, who was pinch running for Fleming.
Katelyn Carwile closed out the scoring by stealing home on a passed ball.
Purcell out-hit Holdenville 12-7 in that game.
In the second game, the Dragons out-hit the Lady Wolverines 17-10.
“Our hitting carried over but we got a little too comfortable and let them tie it up at 5-5 in the bottom of the second,” Jones said.
“Any time you get 17 hits there is zero reason to lose. Sometimes we just don’t play the full seven innings,” she said.
That loss to Holdenville put more pressure on the Dragons on their road trip to first place Marlow Tuesday.
“Fleming and Tyler did their job (in the circle),” Jones said with Carwile nursing a sore arm. “They got us ground balls and pop ups. They are doing the best they can.”
Purcell was 14-5 and 5-1 (district) heading into the game at Marlow on Tuesday.