It was back-to-back losses for Perry’s baseball team this week.
On Tuesday at Progressive Field the Bluejays (0-2) were edged out 1-0 by the visiting North Polk Comets (2-0).
Janier Puente, Perry’s starting pitcher, pitched six innings giving up the one run on just two hits while fanning eight and walking three.
Puente pitched four scoreless innings where he consistently got himself out of trouble with some successful throws and solid defensive plays. In the fifth the Comets finally got in the board with an RBI ground out.
Unfortunately the one run was all the visitors needed as the Bluejays’ offense failed to muster up any runs on just two hits.
The lack of offense to start the season can be attributed to a couple of variables, acknowledged Mike Long, Perry’s head coach.
“Kind of a combination of a lot of things,” he said. “Taking to many first pitch strikes and getting in a hole where the pitcher can throw the curveball.”
Additionally Long felt that some Bluejays were not getting their swing started early enough.
“They are not being aggressive enough,” he said. “We will hit we’re just in a funk right now.”
The night before the Bluejays suffered a near similar outcome. At Roland-Story the Bluejays fell 4-2 the Norsemen (1-0).
Mimicking last night’s loss the game remained scoreless for four innings until the Bluejays scored two runs in the top of the fifth.
However their lead turned into a deficit when the Norsemen responded with three runs in the bottom half.
After Perry was held scoreless in the sixth the home team added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning.