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Good pitching + hitting = WINS


Purcell only had four innings of offense in two games but they made the best of it throttling visiting Bishop McGuinness last week 23-1 in the first game and shut out the Lady Irish 13-0 in the nightcap.

Katelynn Carwile struck out eight in the opener while scattering three hits.

Brook Fleming struck out three in the nightcap tossing a one hitter in the shutout win. Fleming threw 34 pitches with 20 of those strikes.

In game one, Carwile went 2-2 with a home run and a double while collecting four RBIs.

Addie Stanton and Chelsea Spain also had four RBIs. Stanton went 3-3 at the plate while Spain was 2-3 with an inside the park home run.

“Carwile’s home run went about 250 feet,” head coach Sarah Jones said. “Our fence is 240 in right center and she cleared it by 10-15 feet.”

Hannah Buchanan went 2-2 with an RBI. Natalie Auz knocked in a base runner in a 1-1 outing.

KK Eck, Karson Jennings and Fleming all had a hit. Fleming had an RBI and Sandra Del Toro had an RBI without registering a hit.

Purcell scored 17 runs in the first inning and six in the second.

Carwile’s eight strikeouts were in nine outs of work.

Even resting the seniors it was a near mirror in game two with the Dragons pushing across 13 runs in the first inning.

“We let the seniors celebrate Senior Night with their families and let the juniors accept their senior role early and they did not disappoint,” Jones said.

Buchanan led the offense going 2-2 with a pair of RBIs while ripping two doubles.

Fleming dialed up a triple with the bases loaded and Jones got hits from Jennings, Lauren Holmes, Kyleigh Smedley, Eck and Missy Nimsey. Jennings and Nimsey both had two RBIs while Holmes, Eck and Smedley each had one RBI.

“The first game was a game for senior night without a doubt,” Jones said. “We came out swinging and scored 17 in the bottom of the first. Everyone hit the ball really well. Our seniors hit really well.”

At 10-1 in district play, the Dragons are No. 1 in the standings.

“We got two good district wins against McGuinness,” Jones said.

And they got two more good district victories Monday on the road at Bethel.

They mowed down Bethel 22-0 and 16-1.

Both Fleming and Carwile picked up wins in the circle.

Carwile went 5-7 in the two games with an in-the-park home run, a double and a triple. She had four RBIs.

Spain went 6-8 with three doubles and six RBIs. Del Toro was 5-8 with a pair of doubles and six RBIs. Fleming was also 5-8.

Khia Tyler was 3-3 in the second contest with a double and two RBIs.

“We absolutely hit lights out,” Jones said. “Having 38 hits and 38 runs in two games is phenomenal.

“Our defense was solid,” Jones said. “We needed those two big wins.” 

The Dragons were scheduled to host Tecumseh Tuesday and have home games with Davis today (Thursday) and Dale next Monday. Sulphur comes to town next Tuesday.

The outcome of the Tecumseh game will determine where Purcell plays in the Regional Tournament.

In the Comanche tournament Purcell pocketed a pair of one run victories.

They edged Elgin 4-3 and behind Carwile’s 15 strikeouts eased by Comanche 1-0.

“We got on the board early scoring two runs in the first inning,” Jones said.

Carwile led off with a triple with Spain scoring her on a second baseman’s error. The other run was a dead center field home run by Del Toro.

Jones used both pitchers in the two games.

Fleming struck out two and gave up five hits in five innings of work against Elgin while Carwile went the distance against Comanche.

Also getting RBIs were Fleming and Spain.

Holmes and Carwile had the other two hits for Purcell.

Carwile doubled in the Comanche game. Del Toro and Stanton both had a hit. Stanton registered the game’s lone RBI in the bottom of the fourth.

“The Comanche game was a great game and one that we needed,” the coach said. “We faced adversity early by not scoring early and overcame it.

“The dugout was fierce and their heads were in the game the entire time. They kept their composure,” she said.

“We got runners on base but couldn’t string hits together,” Jones said.

In the bottom of the fourth with one out, Jennings drew a base on balls. Eck was inserted to pinch run and promptly stole second.

With two in the mud, Stanton strolled to the plate and ripped a ball up the middle to score Eck from second.

“We went into the field to hold them and won when the time limit was reached,” Jones said.

Saturday’s games were rained out.

Dragon notes:

Purcell Head Coach Sarah Jones said the Comanche game was Katelynn Carwile’s first no-hitter of the season.

She fanned 15 of the 18 batters she faced.

“It was the best she’s pitched all season,” Jones said.

“Our dugout and the constant cheering kept us in the game,” she said. “Girls accepted their roles and bought in for this game. It was a total team effort and gave me chills.”

Purcell was 18-2 overall heading into the Tecumseh game Tuesday.


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