A quartet of both Bluejays and Jayettes received All-Raccoon River Conference honors for their play on the baseball and softball diamonds this summer.
Sophomore Will Whiton was a first team choice, with junior Jeremiah Ellett named to the second team while junior Michael Lansing and sophomore Zach Roberts were placed on the honorable mention list.
Junior Julie Diw and eighth grader Emma Olejniczak were second team All-RRC choices in softball, with senior Frankie Eklund and junior Lindsey Kunch named honorable mention.
Whiton was also a Class 3A Second Team All-State choice in the outfield by the INA (see story, above) as well as a North Central All-District pick by the Iowa Baseball Coaches Association. He finished fourth in 3A with a .480 batting average and led 3A with 41 stolen bases in 42 attempts. His 47 hits included 12 doubles and two triples and he scored 33 runs while driving in 22. Whiton finished with 17 walks and just nine strikeouts at the plate.
Ellett was chosen as a All-RRC second team pitcher after tallying a mark of 6-4 with one save. He tossed 68-1/3 innings, allowing opponents to hit just .218 and posting an ERA of 2.05 while striking out 53, walking 14 and hitting 10 batters.
Lansing hit .300 and scored 16 runs as the Perry first baseman. He had 30 hits, including 11 doubles, one triple and the only two home runs hit by the Bluejays while driving in 30 runs. Roberts was strong defensively at catcher and hit .260 with three doubles. He had 19 hits and scored 14 runs.
Diw led the Perry softballers in both average (.370) and RBIs (20) while scoring 17 runs. She tied Kunch for the team lead with 13 doubles and had one triple and three home runs. In 213 chances at first base she was guilty of only five errors, for a strong .977 fielding percentage.
Olejniczak was 11-18 in the ring with a deceptive 4.92 ERA, a number which would have been much lower save for a few lopsided losses. The respect she earned around the conference was reflected her in selection for the second team, as her ERA was fifth-best in the RRC among pitchers who threw 150 innings or more. She tossed 179-1/3 frames, striking out 127, walking 92 and hitting seven.
Eklund led the Jayettes with 40 hits while batting .367. She drove in 19 runs and scored 18 times while hitting three doubles and two home runs. Kunch batted .330 with 37 hits, including 13 doubles, one triple and two home runs. She finished with 17 RBIs from her leadoff spot in the lineup and scored a team-high 23 runs.
The Bluejays finished 17-17 overall and 5-11 in conference play, with the Jayettes 12-22 and 3-13.