Sullivan asserted its spot as the area’s top softball team Monday, winning 6-1 at Borgia.
The Lady Eagles (14-2) used the arm and bat of Addison Purvis to beat Borgia (8-5).
“Strong pitching and timely hitting is what you need to beat good teams,” Sullivan Head Coach Ashley Crump said. “Luckily, we had both Monday. Addison continues to get stronger in the circle as our season moves forward.”
Borgia Head Coach Andrew Eggert said Sullivan has an outstanding team.
“Sullivan is a very good team, and they played well yesterday,” Eggert said. “They made plays when they needed to, and they hit the ball when they needed to. We did not. We need to be able to execute in the batter’s box and make plays.”
Purvis went the distance, allowing one run on two hits and a walk. She struck out 10 Borgia batters.
At the plate, Purvis was 1-4 with a run and four RBIs.
One of the two Borgia hits accounted for the run, which came in the bottom of the seventh inning. Josie Lindemann belted a home run in the final frame.
“Overall, we are moving in the right direction,” Eggert said. “We just need to make sure that we are still getting better every day.”
Sullivan made due with six hits, scoring six runs. The Lady Eagles took the lead on a run in the third. Sullivan added three in the fifth on Purvis’ home run, one in the sixth and one in the seventh. Borgia made four errors and they all were costly.
Borgia used Lizzie Lynchard in the circle and the lefty allowed six unearned runs on six hits, one walk and a hit batter. She struck out eight.
For Sullivan, other hits came from Hannah Cox, Kamryn Lohden, Morgan Bobbitt, Abbey Daniel and Emma Weirich. Bobbitt doubled.
Purvis, Hanna Johanning, Bobbitt, Amanda Boren, Grace Glaser and Weirich scored.
Purvis drove in four and Lohden had one RBI.
Cox walked and Madison Decker was hit by a pitch.
Lindemann and Brianna Moritz had the Borgia hits. Lindemann also walked.
“Everyone contributed offensively, whether it was taking an extra base on a hit or a ground out that moved a runner, it all matters,” Crump said. “We never get caught up in our overall season record. What matters is winning the important games and that is where our focus is. Borgia was an important game for us because they are a common opponent with Helias, who is in our district. We knew we needed to come out on top.”