Perry’s baseball season came to an end last Friday in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Boone Toreadors (20-10) during the first round of postseason play.
On July 14, the Bluejays (7-21) traveled to Alleman for their Class 3A District 14 Semifinal contest hosted by North Polk High School.
Through the first four innings, the Bluejays and their RRC (Raccoon River Conference) rivals played a tight affair with both teams exchanging runs.
The Bluejays took the lead in the top of the first when senior Kyle Nevitt blasted a solo home run to left field.
Nevitt, who received the starting nod, held the Boone offense in check through his first three innings giving up just a run.
In the third with the game knotted at one, Bluejays’ senior Janier Puente’ RBI single gave his team the early 2-1 lead. Both Puente and Nevitt finished the game at the plate with two runs scored.
In the bottom of the fourth, once again the Toreadors tied the contest after scraping together a run. The Toreadors struck again the following inning with another run, which as the eventual winning score.
Nevitt tossed five and two-thirds innings. He gave up two earned runs off four hits while walking five and striking out eight.
It was the second loss for Perry in as many days as the Bluejays dropped their final regular season game, 13-3, on July 12, to RRC opponent the Winterset Huskies (14-16, 5-9).
The Bluejays who finished conference play with a 5-9 record scored three runs in the first two innings and watched as the host Huskies poured in four runs in the first and never looked back.
Alexis Garrido, Bluejays’ starting pitcher, worked five innings where he gave up 11 runs - three earned, off 12 hits and walked three.
After a scoreless second, the Huskies added two runs in the third, one in the fourth, four in the fifth and another two in sixth and final inning.
Nevitt and catcher Brandon Kenyon led the team in hits with two each. Nevitt recorded an RBI single.