It was a perfect weekend for some much needed Spring cleaning as Perry’s softball team swept up their competition hosted by Woodward-Granger.
This weekend the Jayettes (13-4) traveled to Woodward for a two-day softball event that ended on Saturday afternoon in a close 6-4 win against the Ogden Bulldogs (9-5).
From the first pitch the game proved to be a seesaw battle with each team relinquishing the lead a couple of times.
The Bulldogs - played the host - struck first in the bottom of the first with an unearned run. Perry responded in the second with two runs and the 2-1 lead.
An inning later after the Bulldogs scored another run in the bottom of the second, the host added another run and snatched the lead back at 3-2.
The Jayettes responded with three runs in the top of the fourth inning and an insurance run in the top of the sixth, which shut the door on Ogden’s chances.
Emma Olejniczak, Perry’s starting pitcher, threw the complete game victory. She allowed four unearned runs on six hits, walked one and fanned 15.
Starting shortstop Johanna Diw, Perry, lit up the diamond with a team high three RBIs on a 2-for-4 performance.
Teammate, right fielder Rachel Kinney, was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Third basemen TJ Sheehy also finished with a multi-hit game. She finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
It was the Jayettes’ second victory that afternoon. Earlier that day the team’s bats tagged up host the Woodward-Granger Hawks (6-8) for 11 runs on 16 hits while allowing just two runs.
The Jayettes scored runs in all but five of the seven innings. They recorded three runs in three innings - first, third and sixth.
Sidney Vancil, Perry’s starting pitcher, tossed seven innings, giving up two unearned runs on seven hits, with two strikeouts and one walk.
Olejnicak and Kinney finished tied on the team with three hits a piece. The duo was responsible for seven of the team’s 11 runs (Kinney - 4, and Olejniczak - 3).
It was a different narrative Friday night versus the Lewis Central Titans (14-5-1), where Perry squeaked out a competitive 4-3 win.
Olejniczak tossed all seven innings giving up two runs in the top of the fourth and the temporary tying run in the sixth - two of the three runs were earned.
After six and a half innings of a tie ball game the Jayettes put together a final inning walk off win.
Tina Kenney, Jayette head coach, watched as her unit came together to put a an end at a possible extra inning content.
Perry’s Sidney Vancil led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on an Alyssa Kruger bunt, Kenney said.
Then Kinney’s single allowed Vancil to advance to third. With the winning run 90 feet away Olejniczak helped her cause with an RBI single.
It was the closest game of the weekend as the Jayettes began Friday’s plethora of games with a lopsided 13-1 victory over the Madrid Tigers (3-6).
Vancil got the start and only needed five innings to secure the win. She allowed only one run on one hit with seven strikeouts.
Diw had a solid day at the plate. She belted two home runs, and a double, accounted for five RBIs and scored three times.
Kinney and fellow Jayette Gaby West each went yard for a combined five RBIs (Kinney 3 and West 2).
“We are working on playing the game rather than playing our opponent,” coach said. We work on making adjustments to what we are doing to put ourselves at an advantage.”