Purvis and PCS have played their fair share of interesting games against one another in recent years. So Thursday’s tight matchup, which started as on offensive struggle for both teams and ended with a beautiful piece of hitting, wasn’t a total surprise, according to Purvis head coach Tony Farlow.
“Every time we play PCS it seems like it comes down to the wire.”
Again, Thursday was no different. In the sixth inning, Purvis broke a scoreless tie on a Mason Kendrick two-run single. And after PCS tied it back up in the seventh, the Tornadoes walked it off, 3-2, in their half of the inning, as Parker Sharff drove in the game-winning run.
Purvis beats PCS in walk-off fashion. Parker Sharff with the game-winning hit here. pic.twitter.com/QmISsuG2Ak
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“He [Sharff] was 3-for-3 tonight. He’s been hitting the ball,” Farlow said. “We moved him up in the lineup for this game. He usually hits there towards the end, but he came through big for us tonight.
“It’s a good win. Anytime you can come back after you kind of blow the lead and win it, it’s a good game.”
Getting baserunners on wasn’t the problem for Farlow’s Tornadoes. It was driving them in, and PCS’ pitching staff had a lot to do with that. With Tanner Boleware, Harper Jordan and John Driskell on the mound, the Bobcats kept the Tornadoes in check most of the night.
“I thought we had a chance in the first couple of innings to get some runs and maybe get going,” Farlow said. “That’s one of the things that helped us Saturday at the jamboree. We scored early and got excited. We didn’t score the first two innings [tonight] when we had opportunities. We just got lulled to sleep a little bit.”
Luckily for Farlow, his pitchers were just as, if not more, effective. Casey Burge got the start and went three innings. Mason Dilmore and Jesse Johnson then followed out of the bullpen. The trio did not allow an earned run, as PCS scored twice on critical Purvis fielding errors in that seventh inning.
“We’ve been pitching good,” Farlow said. “Got a lot of different guys we can run out there. We’ve still got two or three more we haven’t put out there yet. We’re not going to be dominating, but we’ve got several guys that can give us a chance to win.
“Timely hitting’s the key for us. We had it last weekend. I don’t know if we had it until right there at the end tonight.”
Purvis moved to 1-0 with the win, while PCS fell to 1-2.
Despite the loss, Bobcat head coach Kyle Maxie was encouraged by his team’s performance Thursday night.
“It was a great game. A clean game,” Maxie said. “We played great defense and got great timely hits. Our pitchers gave us a great shot on the mound. That’s not a loss. That’s a learning experience.”