For six innings, Jayettes’ starting pitcher Emma Olejniczak was near perfect in her no-hit win versus Raccoon River Conference opponent, the Carroll Tigers (9-11, 1-7).
Perry’s softball team (20-7, 6-4) gave their ace a lot of room to work with as they downed Carroll’s pitching for 10 runs on 10 hits, while the Jayettes’ defense committed no errors.
Olejniczak herself mowed down 12 opposing hitters for strikeouts and missed a perfect start due to two walks. The Jayettes’ defensive unit snatched up the Tigers’ remaining six outs.
At Perry on Thursday night for the first 2.5 innings the matchup seemed like a pitching duel with both teams unable to bring anyone home.
That all changed in the bottom of the third when Perry’s red hot hitter Johanna Diw hit a double allowing Adriana Eastman to score from second base.
A batter later, Jayette second baseman Sidney Vancil’s single advanced Diw from second base and gave the home team the 2-0 lead.
The following inning the Jayettes pounced on their guests’ two fielding errors when Perry’s catcher Brooke Huntington’s hard grounder to third resulted in a throwing error to first allowing Olejniczak, Maddie West and Eastman to cross home plate.
Another throwing error by Carroll’s shortstop after Gabby West’s grounder allowed Huntington to score. Diw drew a walk and then Vancil’s single scored Gabby and Diw.
In the sixth inning the home team sent their visitors packing after they added another two runs when Perry’s right fielder Rachel Kinney smacked a game ending 2-RBI double.
Vancil led all hitters with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate and three RBIs. Eastman, Diw and Gabby scored two runs each.