Led by freshman Deaken Dobbins, Purcell’s Dragons knocked off the Guymon Tigers in the Chickasha Baseball Tournament Saturday, 11-2.
Dobbins got the start and the victory on the mound, tossing five innings, striking out six and scattering five hits.
He helped his own cause at the plate going 2-4 with a pair of RBIs and scored three times as the game’s leading hitter.
Sophomore Parker Page relieved Dobbins and fanned one Tiger in an inning of work. He had a double and scored a run in the victory.
Freshman Bryce Blair spanked an RBI single and reached base by getting hit by a pitch, which drove in a run. Sophomore Boston Knowles knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Junior Cole Smedley and sophomore Tucker Bloodworth both had hits with Bloodworth knocking in a run.
The Dragons broke open a 2-2 contest blowing up for nine runs in the top of the seventh.
“Deaken did a great job on the mound. He controlled the strike zone all day,” head coach Cole Sharp said.
Smedley may have had the defensive play of the game throwing out a base runner from left field to keep the game knotted at two.
“That was a big momentum switch in the game,” Sharp said.
“Overall, I was proud of our kids for coming out in the seventh and finishing them off. Our bats were slow the majority of the game and finally got hot in the seventh.”
Purcell opened the tournament with a 7-3 loss at the hands of Chickasha.
Page, Blair and Knowles had Purcell’s only hits in the contest.
Zach Idlett went the distance on the bump for the Dragons.
“I thought Zach competed his tail off on the mound,” Sharp said. “Chickasha is a good team that came in 12-1 and had just run-ruled Dale. We were right there (with them) through the whole game.”
Bridge Creek out-hit the Dragons 8-3 in a 9-0 victory.
Knowles, junior Jett Tyler and freshman Sloan Jackson had the Purcell hits.
Junior Drew Kimbrell got his first start of the season on the mound and took the loss.
“I thought Drew settled in after the first inning and did a good job through the rest of the game until the fourth,” Sharp said.
“They started to time him up and started hitting him. But overall I was pleased with the effort of Drew. Adrian Dominguez came in relief.
“We need to keep the momentum up from the win against Guymon and carry that over this week,” the coach said.
Purcell put a district victory in their pocket Monday with a 10-5 victory at Lexington.
Page went the distance on the mound fanning 12 Bulldogs without issuing a single walk.
Page helped his own cause going 3-5 with two RBIs.
Blair, Logan Roberts, Tyler and Goldston all had two hits in the contest. As a team, Purcell had 14 hits on the day.
“I was proud of Parker for not getting flustered when they got a few hits,” Sharp said. “He kept coming at them.”
Purcell jumped out to a 4-zip lead only to see the game tied up at four-all in the sixth inning.
The Dragons responded with a six spot in the seventh to ice the game away.
“We have scored nine and six runs the last two games in the last inning to put both teams away. We have to continue that in the future,” the coach said.
Sharp liked the way his team hit but said they need to cut down on mistakes in the field.
The 3-5 Dragons were scheduled to host Lexington on Tuesday and host Little Axe on Friday for a double header beginning at 4 p.m.
They will take on Heritage Hall next Monday and Tuesday.
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