What’s better than a no-hit win? A perfect one that helped your team bounce back after a close loss.
A day removed from a final-inning, one-run loss at the hands of the Carlisle Wildcats, the Perry Jayettes (23-9, 7-5), led by starting pitcher Emma Olejniczak’s arm and Perry’s offensive explosion, took care of business at Des Moines North High School.
On Tuesday night against the Polar Bears (0-16) Olejniczak took out her previous night’s loss with a perfect game performance.
In just three innings of work Olejniczak, the Raccoon River Conference (RRC) leader in strikeouts (306), struck out seven of the nine total batters she faced.
The Jayettes’ offense, led by Gabby West and Johanna Diw’s two-hit night, put the game away early with a 10-run first inning.
Designated hitter West finished the game 2-for-2 at the plate. Shortstop Diw went 2-for-3 with a triple.
After opening up the first with 10 runs, the Jayettes’ offense continued their assault on the Polar Bears’ pitching.
Perry added another five runs in the second and capped off the night with two final runs in the third for the lopsided 17-0 victory.
It was a solid win for a team that just 24-hours prior had suffered a heartbreaking late inning 8-7 loss at Carlisle.
Against RRC rival the Wildcats(18-11, 7-4) the Jayettes only trailed once when the home team took an early 2-0 lead after two innings.
In the top of the third inning, the road team scored five runs to take the lead and the following inning they increased their lead to 7-4.
For the next three innings the Jayettes’ pitching staff held the host scoreless until the bottom of the seventh when the Wildcats gnawed out four runs and the eventual walk off win.
Olejniczak finished the game with seven strikeouts, and two walks. Diw and Sidney Vancil each had two hits apiece.