SPRINGFIELD, MO. • Sullivan High junior pitcher Addison Purvis threw a great game on Friday.
But her counterpart was just a little better.
Mexico senor Paytience Lawson-Holman allowed the Eagles just two hits in pitching the Bulldogs to a 3-0 win in the Class 3 state semifinal at Killian Sports Complex.
“She was just throwing rise balls and we couldn't lay off of them,” Purvis said. “The change, we just didn't see it well.”
Lawson-Holman struck out 13 of the 23 batters she faced.
“They're a good-hitting team,” said Lawson-Holman of the Eagles. “I've played with a couple of these girls over the summer, so my goal was to outsmart them. I wanted to mix my speeds and make them chase the ball.”
Sullivan managed to rebound and beat Hillsboro 6-2 in the third-place game later in the day.
The Eagles, the No. 1 team in the STLhighschoolsports.com small-schools rankings, finished the season with a 28-5 mark.
Sullivan managed just two hits, both from junior shortstop Kloey Blaton, who singled in the fifth and seventh innings.
Mexico (26-4), which will play Oak Grove for the title on Saturday, capitalized on a fielding error in the opening inning to go in front to stay.
The first three hitters reached, but Purvis managed to strike out the side to limit the damage.
Mexico added runs in the sixth and seventh innings on a double by senior outfielder Mattie Roth and a ground out by junior third baseman Hayley Mills.
Purvis struck out 11 and allowed six hits. Sullivan coach Ashley Crump lauded her pitcher for a strong effort.
“Addison threw a great game,” Crump said. “Maddie Stahl was our only hitter who didn't have a strike out. We've got to do better changing up our approach at bat.”
The Eagles were making their fifth final four appearance. They finished second in 1980, 2003 and 2016 as well as third in 2011.
Sullivan was able to bounce back with a strong effort in the third-place game.
Kamryn Lohden hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs. Hanna Johanning added three hits.