The Perry Jayettes’ softball team (15-4, 5-3) edged out their Raccoon River Conference rivals the A-D-M Tigers (11-11, 5-8) in a close 7-5 win.
At Adel on June 15, the Jayettes stared down the end of a bat at a possible loss and an end to their then five game winning streak.
After the road team scored first with a run in the second inning the host roared back in the bottom of the fourth with three runs.
The Tigers struck again the following inning with another run that extended their lead to 4-1 with just two innings remaining.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Jayettes’ bats countered the home pitching with two runs, which cut their deficit to 4-3.
After Jayettes starting pitcher Emma Olejniczak closed out the Tigers in the bottom of the sixth her squad scored the tying run that sent the game to extra frames.
“We talked before the sixth inning, when we were behind 4-1, about how we couldn’t do anything to change how the first five innings went,” Jayette head coach Tina Kenney said. “We have a chance to play the rest of the game our way. We had zero mistakes the rest of the game.”
Alyssa Kruger, Jayettes’ center fielder, led off the eighth inning with a home run to give the Jayettes the lead for the first time since the second inning.
Then Olejniczak, who tossed all eight innings, drew a walk and stole a base before her teammate designated hitter, Adrianna Eastman, belted a go ahead two run home run.
In her complete-game victory, Olejniczak gave up no earned runs, walked only two and struck out 13.
Every player on the squad finished tonight’s affair with a hit, according to Jayette head coach Tina Kenney.
Statistics will be updated as they become available.