Purcell rode the Kellyville Ponies right out of town last Friday in the District Tournament dispatching the visitors, 7-2 and 4-2.
Zach Idlett scattered five Kellyville hits pitching the entire seven innings. He struck out seven Pony hitters.
Idlett helped his own cause going 1-4 with an RBI and scored a pair of times.
Logan Roberts was the leading Dragon at the plate going 2-3 with a double and scored twice. Jett Tyler also scored twice in the contest in a 1-2 outing at the plate. Boston Knowles laced a double in three trips to the plate.
“Zach was focused from start until finish. He competed on the mound all game and attacked the strike zone,” head coach Cole Sharp said. “He did a good job for us and got it done.”
Cole liked what he saw of the Dragon offense.
“We had a good approach hitting-wise,” the coach said. “We had great at bats and took good cuts all game. Our top of the lineup and bottom had great at bats.”
“We played good solid defense all game,” Sharp said. “Overall, I was proud of the way we came out and took care of business. It is always important to win that first game in Bi-Districts to put pressure on your opponent. And that carried over into the next game.”
That’s when the Dragons sprayed hits up and down the lineup to post a 4-2 victory. They scored all four runs in the first inning to really tighten the screws on the Ponies.
Idlett doubled in a 1-3 outing at the dish and scored a run.
Tyler went 2-3 while Cole Smedley was 2-4 with an RBI and scored a run. Carter Goldston lined a two-run single in the contest. Smedley and Logan Roberts both had RBIs in the game.
Parker Page picked up the victory on the bump striking out four in four innings of work. He was relived in the fifth by Knowles who fanned six in the final three frames.
“I thought both Parker and Boston did a great job on the mound working ahead in the count and attacking the zone,” Sharp said.
“We had seven of the nine players getting a hit in the game,” the coach said. “We jumped on them early, scoring four runs in the first and I was pleased because that put pressure on them and that paid off throughout the game. Again I was very pleased with the defensive effort throughout the game.”
Purcell limited their errors to two on the day, one in each game.
“I was proud of the way we came into the Bi-Districts and were very focused and we competed throughout both games. We will need that type of effort again going into regionals next week,” the coach concluded.
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