Pretty or ugly, a win’s always a win, especially against one of your biggest rivals.
In the last week, Purvis has struggled at the plate, recording just five total hits in two games versus Sumrall. Regardless, the Tornadoes are 2-0 in those games. The latest came Friday night at home with a 5-4, walk-off win in extra innings.
Trenton Flatt scored the game-winning run for the Tornadoes, capitalizing on a Sumrall throwing error at third base.
“I don’t know, some things just went our way this week against them,” Purvis head coach Tony Farlow said. “I know they made a few errors that hurt them a little bit, but they’re still a scary team.”
Walk-off wins, extra innings, dominant pitching. The two-game, rollercoaster ride of a series had it all.
It took nine innings for a single run to be scored in Tuesday’s meeting. On Friday though, Purvis led 4-0 through four innings of play, only to watch Sumrall answer with a four-run, game-tying fifth.
“I was kind of almost starting to feel pretty good being up 4-0,” Farlow said with a laugh. “It didn’t take long to lose that lead.”
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Purvis had its first chance to retake that lead and pick up a walk-off win. The Tornadoes got a baserunner to second base, but Sumrall reliever Garrett Robbins picked up two strikeouts to end the threat.
In the eighth, Purvis got another chance. With Robbins in a groove and Trenton Flatt at second base, Farlow and company rolled the dice. Flatt went for the steal of third base, and looked to be caught. But an errant throw at the bag and into left field allowed the senior to come around and score the game-winner standing up.
“When they brought that guy [Robbins] in, it’s like we couldn’t touch him,” Farlow said. “So I think that’s why we were trying to roll the dice, trying to steal third. To see if they’d throw it in left field. It worked out for us.”
Purvis improved to 11-2 overall and 3-1 in district with the win, as they swept their regular season series with Sumrall. As far as confidence boosters go, this was likely huge for the Tornadoes, said Farlow.
“I don’t know why it wouldn’t give us a lot of confidence. Plus, I would think it does a lot for you in the division race, too. We’re excited to be where we’re at right now.”