Mexico, Lawson-Holman Shut Down Sullivan In Semifinals
There was little Sullivan could do with Mexico’s Paytience Lawson-Holman.
The Southeast Missouri State recruit cuffed Sullivan for seven dominant innings Friday in the Class 3 softball semifinals at the Killian Sports Complex, leading the Bulldogs to a 3-0 victory.
Sullivan (28-5) fell short of the title game and for the third straight season, absorbed its final loss from the state champion.
The Lady Eagles had just two hits and drew two walks against Lawson-Holman in a battle of all-state pitchers.
Addison Purvis, pitching in the Final Four for the second time in three years, struck out 11 against seven hits and four walks. Two of the runs were earned.
Mexico scored in the first on an error, then added runs in the sixth and seventh.
The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the first inning as Purvis tried to settle in. She issued a leadoff walk to Reghan Smith, surrendered a single to Aaryn Sampo and walked Lawson-Holman to load the bases.
Hayley Mills chopped a grounder to third, but Kamryn Lohden couldn’t corral the ball and Smith crossed the plate, all while keeping the bases jammed.
Purvis finally settled in and struck out the side to keep it a 1-0 game.
Lawson-Holman returned the favor by walking Purvis to leadoff the first. Reagan Thomure went in as a courtesy runner and stole second, but Lawson-Holman struck out Hanna Johanning and Hannah Cox. A flyout from Lohden ended the inning with the runner stranded.
Purvis struck out the side in the second and fanned seven in a row before Mills doubled with two outs in the third.
Lawson-Holman also was in cruise control, striking out six of the first nine batters she faced. She walked Purvis again in the third, but the Lady Eagles couldn’t push Thomure across the plate.
In the fifth, Sullivan would get the tying run on board. Kloey Blanton led off with a single and was bunted to second by Madyson Stahl. Lawson-Holman got two straight strikeouts to end the inning.
Mexico tacked on another run in the six on a one-out double by Erin Roth to increase give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
The Bulldogs threatened to bust open the game in the seventh when the top of the lineup loaded the bases with no outs. Mills’ sacrifice fly gave Mexico a 3-0 lead, but Purvis sat down the next two batters.
Blanton kept Sullivan’s dimming hopes alive with two outs in the seventh, roping a single to left. One batter later, Lawson-Holman would extinguish them for good.