“At this point of the season, we take it as a lesson on what we need to work on to stay alive in postseason,” Tina Kenney, Jayettes’ head coach said.
It’s a lesson well learned. A day after suffering a 4-0 shutout loss versus Raccoon River Conference rivals, the Winterset Huskies (22-5, 8-1), Perry’s softball team gifted a shutout of their own.
On Tuesday, the Jayettes (16-5, 5-4) to Osceola for a showdown with the Indians (7-2) of Clarke Community High School.
As it was done to them the Jayettes, behind the arm of their starting pitcher Emma Olejniczak, kept the Indians from crossing home plate in a 5-0 victory.
Olejniczak threw the complete seven inning matchup. She gave up four hits, two walks and fanned down 15 batters.
Johanna Diw, the Jayettes’ Babe Ruth, continued her attack on opposing pitchers when she belted her 11th home run this season in the first inning.
The squad added their second run of the inning when Olejniczak’s single brought home right fielder Rachel Kinney from second base.
In the top of the seventh inning with Perry’s Maddie and Gabby West both on base, Diw smacked her 12th home run and fourth RBI of the game.
Diw led all hitters with a 3-for-4 night at the plate. Gabby was second on the team with a 2-for-4 performance.
“We focus forward as there’s nothing we can do to change what’s already happened in previous innings,” Kenny said. “We can only affect the ones left to play. We’ve been working on mental toughness too.”
The Jayettes are back in action tonight at home when they welcome the Carroll Tigers. They host the Boone Toreadors tomorrow night before heading to Pella on Saturday.