Purcell out-hit Blanchard on Monday and posted a 5-3 victory over the Lions.
Ella Resendiz led the offense going 3-3 with Mac McKay and Lili Del Toro both getting two hits in three trips to the plate.
Payci Constant and Kaylin Vasquez each had a hit. As a team, the Dragons out-hit the Lions 9-7.
“We started off the game with a couple errors but settled in nicely,” head coach Sarah Jones said. “We started finding ways to get on and took advantage of their errors.”
In the night cap of the two game set, Tecumseh (No. 3 in 5A) pinned a 10-2 loss on the Dragons.
The Savages out-hit the Dragons 4-4.
Resendiz got half of Purcell’s hits with a 2-3 performance including a home run. Hannah Whitaker and Vasquez had the other two hits for the Dragons.
“We did a really good job of holding them until the fifth and sixth innings,” Jones said. “We split the lead in half twice and did a really good job defensively.
“We just couldn’t find holes and with Tecumseh being a really good team defensively we have to find a way to push one through the infield and find the grass.”
With one intentional walk Jones said junior Kelly Anderson had a good day in the circle only giving up four total walks.
“She did a really good job,” Jones said. “Once we get more games under our belt, make the adjustments with our swings, and have better pitch selection everything will be right where it needs to be.
“We are going to surprise some people as we get deeper in the season. We are able to compete with anyone,” she confirmed.
The Dragons were to travel to Dale Tuesday to square off with the Pirates and Harrah. Purcell will be on the road today (Thursday) at Lindsay.
Purcell was scheduled to host Byng next Tuesday.
Coach Franco and our junior high group are growing each day,” Jones said. “Finding ways to get the key outs, working on communication and finding ways to make things happen is their focus going into the Beast of the East tournament in Stonewall this week.”
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