Purdin pitches, pops W-P to sweep Gar-Pal

Waitsburg-Prescott has won its last five baseball games.

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PRESCOTT - Joe Purdin pitched six innings of no-hit ball and accounted for four RBIs as the Waitsburg-Presccott junior helped his team to a baseball doubleheader sweep of Southeast 2B opponent Garfield-Palouse here Saturday. W-P won the pair, 5-2 and 11-1.

Purdin set the ten Vikings down in order in game one. He had no trouble until Nick Cocking and Wilson Allen came up with back-to-back infield singles. Purdin hit Garret Pfaff to load the bases and gave up the two runs on a ground out and a Jesse Lopez single.

Purdin got back on track after the Lopez single, retiring 10 of the next 11 batters to end the game.

Purdin collected nine strikeouts and two RBIs in the game.

"Joe got ahead of guys and kept them off-balance, which was nice," W-P coach Dustin Snedigar said. "He's a real balanced player. He hits the ball real well, runs the bases real well and when he's sharp on the mound, he's tough to beat."

"My curve ball was really working," Purdin said. "And with the rain it was hard (for both sides) to hit."

W-P's Zach Bartlow took the mound in game two. The W-P sophomore scattered four hits in five innings.

The game ended 11-1 on the mercy rule.

The top of the order got W-P's offense rolling with a six-run first inning.

Dalton Estes drew a leadoff walk. No. 2 hitter Bartlow singled Estes home.

Two batters later, Purdin delivered a shot to left field that would have cleared the fence - had there been one. Purdin settled instead for a one-run triple.

Tre Brannock grounded to score Purdin for the second out, but Gar-Pal wasn't able to close out the inning.

Justin Zuger walked, Kevin Raver reached on an error that should have been the third out and No. 8 hitter David Brock struck out on a pitch that got away from Viking catcher Lopez. Zuger scored on the wild pitch, while Brock reached base safely ahead of the throw that sailed down the right field line. The throwing error allowed Raver to score from second and Brock to get to second.

Two more Blake Slocum wild pitches resulted in Brock scoring the sixth run.

W-P went on to score three more runs in the third and a pair of solo runs in the fourth and fifth to end it.

"That was probably (Bartlow's) best outing," Snedigar said. "He threw a lot of strikes and got ahead of hitters and kept the ball down. And the guys in the field backed him up."

"I think I've been intimidated (in the past)," Bartlow said. "Today I pitched with confidence that I could get these kids out."

Bartlow fanned three Vikings and plated three of the 11 W-P runs.

The sweep bumps W-P's record to 5-5 in league and 7-9 overall. W-P has won five straight contests.

First Game

Gar-Pal 000 200 0 - 2 3 1

W-P 230 000 0 - 5 6 0

Christopher and Allen; Purdin and Brannock

HR - none

Hits - Gar-Pal: Ni. Cocking, Allen, Lopez; W-P: Bartlow, Gerke, Purdin 2, Brannock, Zuger.

Second Game

Gar-Pal 000 10 - 1 4 3

W-P 603 11 - 11 9 1

Slocum, Allen (4) and Lopez; Bartlow and Brannock

HR - none

Hits - Gar-Pal: Slocum, Lopez, Parkins, Anderson; W-P: Estes 2, Bartlow 2, Purdin, Brannock, Raver, Brock 2.

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