It’s a fast 2-0 start for Perry’s softball team who recorded a home and road victory.
Last night the Jayettes traveled to Alleman where they defeated non-conference competitors, the North Polk Comets (1-1) in a 4-2 contest
Emma Olejniczak, Perry’s starting pitcher, tossed the complete two run victory. She gave up two earned runs, walked one and struck out nine for her second win this season.
The Jayettes’ four runs came off nine hits against the Comets’ starting pitcher Bailey Hougham and relief pitcher Sophie Swygman.
“We had more chances to score last night but had a couple base running mistakes,” said Tina Kenney, Perry coach. “We had nine hits and some of the girls who didn’t hit well Monday stepped up last night.”
Alyssa Kruger, Jayettes’ center fielder, and Brooke Huntingtown, catcher, lead the team with a 2-for-3 night. Both recorded a double.
Gabby West, Perry’s left fielder, had a team high three RBIs. West along with teammates Johanna Diw, shortstop, Rachel Kinney, right fielder, and Olejniczak finished with a hit each.
Despite the lack of runs, Kenny doesn’t feel it was something that needed to be addressed so early in the season.
“I don’t see it as a concern yet,” she said. “Top to bottom we have strong hitters.”
On Monday night at home the Jayettes, behind Olejniczak’s arm, set the tone on what could be a successful season with a 2-0 victory against the Des Moines Christian Lions (1-1).
Olejniczak worked seven full innings where she fanned 15 batters giving up just three hits and walking one.
The starting pitcher helped her cause with a 1-for-3 night that included an RBI double that scored pinch runner Grace Stewart.
Diw accounted for the other run after she belted her first home run of the season. She finished the game 1-for-4.
Kruger and Kinney both led the team in hits with two each. Maddie West, first base, and junior T.J. Sheehy each had a hit.
“We are definitely trying to keep pushing forward from last season,” Kenny said.