Perry’s softball team saw their 2016-2017 come to a close after a 14-1 defeat behind the the arms and bats of the Carlisle Wildcats (2-0).
It was a game the Jayettes (1-1) wished they had back as the Wildcats’ offense exploded for plenty of early runs in Tuesday’s Class 4A Regional Championship at Carlisle.
The Jayettes, who played as the home team, fell behind early when the Wildcats scores three runs in the first with some coming off uncharacteristic errors by Perry.
The Jayettes responded in the bottom half of the inning when with one out second baseman Sidney Vancil made her way to first on a single. She led the squad with a 2-for-3 night with two singles.
Up to the plate came center fielder Alyssa Kruger and her double to left that allowed Vancil to trot home and a chance to score more runs.
Both teams shut the other down in the second inning with each team getting retired 1, 2, 3. It seemed a close ball game was in the works.
Unfortunately for the Jayettes, their run in the first would be their last one of the game and the season as the Wildcats’ pitching and defensive prowess kept Perry from reaching home plate.
The Wildcats went on to score two runs in the third, another three in the fourth and tore the game wide open with six final runs in the fifth.
Emma Olejniczak, Jayettes’ starting pitcher, went the distance allowing six earned runs, on eight hits, while walking four and recording three strikeouts.
Perry’s final game of the season also bids a farewell to three seniors whose careers helped put the Jayettes’ softball team back on the map.
Seniors Olejniczak, Rachel Kinney, and Brooke Huntington played important roles in advancing last season’s Jayettes team to a state appearance last season after almost a two decade hiatus.
Olejniczak leaves Perry with 1,234 career strikeouts and a 2.6 era. She’s taking her arm to UNI (University of Northern Iowa) to pitch for the Panthers.
Kinney takes her swing to Indianola where she will help the Simpson College Storm next season. She finishes her time at Perry H.S. with a .357 batting average, 8-home runs, 195 hits and 104 RBIs.
Huntington ended her time at Perry as the Jayettes’ catcher. She batted .271- includes nine at bats her freshman year -with 36 RBIs.
As a team the Jayettes finished their night with six hits and an overall 26-11 record.