Despite weather conditions, Tornados holds off Lumberton for 10-6 win

By ANDREW ABADIE,

LUMBERTON – Despite Purvis coming away with a 10-6 win over Lumberton, each team came away with a string of positives. 

 

But the most significant positive was being able to play the game as rain walked away as the biggest winner on Monday. 

 

The Panthers and Tornados, like most teams so far in the season, have had a small number of practices due to the hectic weather. 

 

Both teams were forced to battle a wet infield and a wet mound, which resulted in the game having 13 batters either getting walked or hit by a pitch. 

 

Purvis opened the game with a four-run frame in the first inning and extended its lead with an RBI double from Kevin Krummel in the second inning and a solo home run from Walker Flatt to take a 6-0 lead. 

 

"We started out hitting the ball really well," Purvis coach Tony Farlow said. "I thought we struggled to throw strikes because my gosh the mound was wet, and it's hard to pitch off of it. Both teams struggled throwing strikes. We had some guys far down the order pitching today, but we had a big lead and kind of blew it. We had to come back from that, so I guess that's good."

 

Despite taking a big lead, Lumberton crawled back into the game with errors caused by a slick infield and walked batters. 

 

Purvis committed two errors in the bottom of the third inning. The Panthers loaded the bases with one out after runners got on base with walks and errors. The Panthers capitalized with an RBI single from Tyler Bush but added its three other runs in the inning from an error and a walked batter to cut the lead to 6-4. 

 

Purvis added a run from a passed in the fourth inning, but Lumberton answered back in the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back RBI singles to make the score 7-6. '

 

The Tornados continued to find success with its bats and ultimately pulled away in the fifth inning.  Hunter Robinson hit a two-run home run, and Cole Chabert added one more run with an RBI single to go up 10-6. 

 

Lumberton's pitching staff combined for six strikeouts while walking three batters and hitting three others. Purvis's staff came up with eight strikeouts in spite of walking four batters and hitting three. 

 

The biggest difference in the game was hitting as the Tornados outhit the Panthers 11-5.

 

"At the start of the game, we barreled some balls up," Farlow said. "We had two home runs today. We had 11 hits Saturday, so we can hit the ball a little bit." 

 

Robinson finished the game 3-for-5 with two RBI, and Riley Garner finished 3-for-4. 

 

Lumberton's batter was Bryce Jones, who reached base on an error and finish 1-for-3 to drive in three RBI. 

 

Although the game was called in the top of the seventh inning, Lumberton coach Lance Hendrix was still pleased with his team's effort, and the number of innings played. 

 

"I was proud of our kids for coming back," Hendrix said. "We went down 5-0 early and we battled back into the game. We got a lot of pitchers on the mound tonight and a lot of young guys. We have a lot of young guys who haven't been on the field very much. We need innings, we need at-bats, we need mound time. I think it did us good.

 

"This was just like good practice for us. Purvis is a good ball team, and we came out here and competed pretty well." 

 

Like Hendrix, Farlow was pleased to play until the seventh inning since his team has also struggled to find practice time. 

 

"It was a good day, but everybody just needs to play right now and see pitches," Farlow said. "We just haven't practiced this time of year like we normally would because of all the rain."

 

"This is not baseball in these conditions, but we got it in any way." 

 

Purvis will host West Marion today at 5 p.m. Lumberton will also play today at 6:30 p.m. and host Perry Central.

LUMBERTON – Despite Purvis coming away with a 10-6 win over Lumberton, each team came away with a string of positives. 

But the most significant positive was being able to play the game as rain walked away as the biggest winner on Monday. 

The Panthers and Tornados, like most teams so far in the season, have had a small number of practices due to the hectic weather. 

Both teams were forced to battle a wet infield and a wet mound, which resulted in the game having 13 batters either getting walked or hit by a pitch. 

Purvis opened the game with a four-run frame in the first inning and extended its lead with an RBI double from Kevin Krummel in the second inning and a solo home run from Walker Flatt to take a 6-0 lead. 

"We started out hitting the ball really well," Purvis coach Tony Farlow said. "I thought we struggled to throw strikes because my gosh the mound was wet, and it's hard to pitch off of it. Both teams struggled throwing strikes. We had some guys far down the order pitching today, but we had a big lead and kind of blew it. We had to come back from that, so I guess that's good."

Despite taking a big lead, Lumberton crawled back into the game with errors caused by a slick infield and walked batters. 

Purvis committed two errors in the bottom of the third inning. The Panthers loaded the bases with one out after runners got on base with walks and errors. The Panthers capitalized with an RBI single from Tyler Bush but added its three other runs in the inning from an error and a walked batter to cut the lead to 6-4. 

Purvis added a run from a passed in the fourth inning, but Lumberton answered back in the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back RBI singles to make the score 7-6. '

The Tornados continued to find success with its bats and ultimately pulled away in the fifth inning.  Hunter Robinson hit a two-run home run, and Cole Chabert added one more run with an RBI single to go up 10-6. 

Lumberton's pitching staff combined for six strikeouts while walking three batters and hitting three others. Purvis's staff came up with eight strikeouts in spite of walking four batters and hitting three. 

The biggest difference in the game was hitting as the Tornados outhit the Panthers 11-5.

"At the start of the game, we barreled some balls up," Farlow said. "We had two home runs today. We had 11 hits Saturday, so we can hit the ball a little bit." 

Robinson finished the game 3-for-5 with two RBI, and Riley Garner finished 3-for-4. 

Lumberton's batter was Bryce Jones, who reached base on an error and finish 1-for-3 to drive in three RBI. 

Although the game was called in the top of the seventh inning, Lumberton coach Lance Hendrix was still pleased with his team's effort, and the number of innings played. 

"I was proud of our kids for coming back," Hendrix said. "We went down 5-0 early and we battled back into the game. We got a lot of pitchers on the mound tonight and a lot of young guys. We have a lot of young guys who haven't been on the field very much. We need innings, we need at-bats, we need mound time. I think it did us good.

"This was just like good practice for us. Purvis is a good ball team, and we came out here and competed pretty well." 

Like Hendrix, Farlow was pleased to play until the seventh inning since his team has also struggled to find practice time. 

"It was a good day, but everybody just needs to play right now and see pitches," Farlow said. "We just haven't practiced this time of year like we normally would because of all the rain."

"This is not baseball in these conditions, but we got it in any way." 

Purvis will host West Marion today at 5 p.m. Lumberton will also play today at 6:30 p.m. and host Perry Central.