PURDY — The East Newton Patriots came away from the first two days of play in the Purdy Tournament with a 1-1 record, defeating Pierce City 6-2 on Tuesday and losing 9-1 to Purdy on Monday.
In the 6-2 victory over Pierce City, East Newton jumped out strong with three runs in the first and the Patriots pushed across single runs in the second, fifth, and sixth. Pierce City plated one in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Kaden Cook pitched a complete game for the Patriots, allowing two runs (both earned) on four hits over seven innings. Cook struck out 13 and walked four, and tallied 107 pitches.
Pierce City counterpart Aaron Garner took the loss, allowing six runs (three earned) on six hits over six innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Garner finished at 86 pitches.
Each team hit a solo home run — Brett Pendergraft for East Newton and Wyatt Perry for Pierce City.
Additionally, East Newton’s six hits included doubles by Ethan Brummett, Sam Stewart, and Zeke Chiles. Two-thirds of East Newton’s hits went for extra bases.
Chiles led the way with two hits.
East Newton, 2-1 overall, returned to action Thursday against Newton County rival Diamond. After four games, the Patriots have played a pair of Eagles (Purdy, Pierce City) and a pair of Wildcats (Cassville, Diamond).
In the 9-1 loss Monday to state-ranked Purdy, the Eagles and the Patriots were tied at 1 after two innings before the Eagles pieced together two runs each in the third, fourth, sixth, and seventh innings.
Both teams committed several errors — East Newton seven, Pierce City six — but the Eagles had six more hits than the Patriots, 9-3.
Brummett doubled and led East Newton with two hits. Colton Leech had East Newton’s other hit.
Kyler Propps, Clay Henderson, and Andrew Martinez each had two hits for Purdy and Jake Brown picked up two RBI.
Brummett took the loss, allowing five runs (two earned) on six hits over five innings with two strikeouts and one walk. Dakota Walters allowed four runs (none earned) on two hits and one walk over an inning. Dakota McKee pitched a scoreless inning.
Zane Brown earned the victory, allowing one run (earned) on two hits over six innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. Carl Hughlett pitched a scoreless seventh and surrendered one hit, and struck out one and walked none.
Purdy came in 10th in the Class 2 preseason rankings compiled by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association (MHSBCA).