Perry’s softball team ended last week with a 2-1 record after taking the field for three games in three days including back to back games on Saturday at Pella Sports Park.
On June 24, the Jayettes (22-8, 7-4) capped off their afternoon at Pella with a dominating 10-1 win over fellow visitors the Grinnell Tigers (6-15).
Perry’s starting pitcher Emma Olejniczak continued her command at the plate. She tossed the complete game 7-inning affair where she gave up just one hit and struck out 13.
The Jayettes, who played as the host, took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning when shortstop Johanna Diw scored from third on second basemen Sidney Vancil’s single. Vancil would later score on a passed ball.
Grinnell cut the host’s lead to one after scoring in the fourth inning. In the sixth, the Jayettes not only would make up that run but added eight more runs.
With center fielder Alyssa Kruger on third and right fielder Rachel Kinney on second, Olejniczak stepped up and smacked a double that allowed both runners to score.
Later that inning after Olejniczak scored on a pass ball Perry’s Maddie West and Adriana Eastman each singled, which put runners on third and eventually second on a Tiger error.
A double by Jayettes’ Brooke Huntington scored West’s pinch runner Cassidy Heck from third base and increased the host’s lead to 7-1.
A batter later, Diw’s double brought home Eastman and Huntington’s courtesy runner, Kennedy Tunink. Vancil’s RBI single capped off the Jayettes’ inning.
It was a good bounce back win for Perry who earlier that afternoon suffered a close 1-0 loss at the hands of host, Pella Christian (19-5).
For 3.5 innings the bats remained silent as both pitchers commanded the strike zone. In the bottom of the fourth Pella Christian finally broke free to score the only run of the game.
Olejniczak threw six innings giving up the lone run on only three hits while walking none and striking out 13.
Tina Kenney, Jayettes’ head coach. watched as her defense played great but admitted that as a team the Jayettes weren’t able to execute well at the plate.
Perry’s bats didn’t have too much trouble on June 22 when they spoiled the Boone Toreadors (22-9, 3-9) visit with a 4-0 victory.
Olejniczak followed up Wednesday’s no hitter with a three hit shutout. She was nearly perfect giving up zero walks and striking out seven.
Leading off Perry’s three run first inning was slugger Diw who belted her Raccoon River Conference (RRC) leading 13th home run.
The Jayettes added another run in the fourth and both teams remained scoreless the rest of the way.