Pitching, defense helps Purvis stay hot with win over Petal

Purvis just keeps on winning. And in different ways.

Despite only recording two hits against Petal Friday afternoon, the Tornadoes walked away with an 8-2 win, their fifth in a row. All five have come against area teams and been against either division foes or teams, like the Panthers and Oak Grove, in higher classifications.

In other words, the Tornadoes are rolling like their record (14-2) suggests.

“I think we’ve got a lot of confidence and are relaxed this year,” Purvis head coach Tony Farlow said after Saturday’s win. “Hopefully we can keep doing what we’re doing.”

Against Petal, pitching and defense ruled the day. Casey Burge got the start on the mound for Purvis and went five innings. The junior gave up just two runs—one in the second inning and one in the third. Meanwhile, Purvis tripled that total.

The Tornadoes scored three runs in their half of the third inning and three more in the fourth. Ty Howell picked up the lone RBI of the scoring outburst, as the other Tornado runs came home via Petal errors.

“We didn’t have but one or two hits. It’s kind of hard to win with that,” Farlow said. “But Petal helped us with some errors. I’m just proud of our guys for coming out, competing and getting after it.”

Purvis tacked on two more runs in the seventh, pushing their lead to 8-2 on an RBI single from Hunter Robinson and another Panther error.

At that point, Burge’s day was done. Senior Keyshawn Bolar entered in the sixth inning in a bit of jam. Petal put two baserunners on in the frame with nobody out, but Bolar managed to get out of it unscathed. A double play and ground ball ended the Panthers’ best threat, as Bolar went on to pitch the seventh and finish the game off.

“They [Burge and Bolar] have been good for us on Saturday’s this year,” Farlow said. “They’ve given us a chance to win on these non-division games.

“Our pitching staff did an outstanding job for us today. It’s a good day.”

Purvis will next be in action Saturday at home against FCAHS.

On the other side, Petal will look to bounce back next Tuesday against George County. The Panthers were led offensively in Friday’s contest by Tyler Dobson and Asher Hill, who both drove in a run apiece.

Sports Editor

Zac is a graduate of West Jones High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. He's in his fifth year covering sports in the Hattiesburg area.

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