Perry’s baseball team did a number on their rivals, fellow Bluejays from Bondurant-Farrar, with 9-2 win in a RRC (Raccoon River Conference) bout.
It was just a regular RRC duel between familiar foes, no big deal. But don’t tell that to the Perry fans that gathered to watch and support their beloved team and long time skipper Mike Long.
At home on Wednesday night, Perry gave a number of the high school’s graduates and former baseball players a reason to cheer.
At (6-16, 5-7) Perry’s ball players have struggled this season to add some “W’s.” That wasn’t the case on Wednesday afternoon against a (15-14, 8-5) squad.
The host got their crowd excited early when they opened up the contest with four quick runs in the first inning and never looked back.
Kyle Nevitt, Perry’s starting pitcher, recorded his third win of the season after keeping Bondurant-Farrar to just the two runs on seven hits and walking three.
For four straight innings Nevitt held the visitors scoreless while the offense increased their lead by three runs in the third and eventually were up 9-0 after four innings before Bondurant-Farrar scored a run in the fifth inning.
Long couldn’t be prouder watching his team not only earn the victory but perform so well in front of the crowd that may or may not have played a role in the win.
“I’m not sure if it helped. We have been playing better lately and Nevitt and Austin Carpenter pitched really well,” he said.
The tenured head coach also admitted how grateful he was for all the support and familiar faces he spotted during and after the game.
“It felt great to see so many former players. ..many of them I hadn’t seen since they played their last game for me,” Long said. “Very emotional night for me. Brought back a lot of great memories.”
It was a perfect end to a ball game for a team that at times has found it difficult to find their footing.