CARROLL — Perry avenged a rough 10-0 home loss to Carroll with a 5-1 victory in Raccoon River Conference baseball last Friday.
Junior Jeremiah Ellett moved to 6-2 on the year with another impressive outing. Coming off a shutout win over Martensdale-St. Marys July 1, Ellett handcuffed the Tigers on just three hits and one walk while striking out seven.
Perry was aided by the scorching bat of Will Whiton. Including the win over M-SM, Whiton was a combined 14-of-17 (.824) at the plate in Perry’s five game win streak (see stories below). In that stretch he scored eight runs, drove in three runs, stole nine bases (he leads Class 3A with 35 thefts) and walked twice. He had three doubles and a triple during the span.
Whiton had a single, double and triple against the Tigers, with Ben Daniels tallying a single and a double and Blake Lansing two singles, with Ellett and Cavan Finn also adding base hits.
Ellett helped his own cause by opening the game with a walk. He moved to second when Whiton singled. A double play threatened to blunt the attack, but Nic Wilhelmi’s infield single plated Ellett for a 1-0 lead.
Daniels singled, swiped second and scored on an error, with Perry leaving the bases loaded when Michael Lansing’s bid for a grand slam fell short for the final out in the second inning.
Perry made it 4-0 in the fifth when Whiton doubled and scored on a two-out Blake Lansing single, with Daniels following with a double to score Lansing.
Ellett singled, stole second and scored in the sixth when Whiton tripled to left field. The speedster was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch the hit into an inside-the-park home run.
Mason Millard finally put the Tigers on the board in the sixth, which he opened with a double. He moved to third base on a ground out and scored from there on a wild pitch. Two fly outs ended the inning, with Ellett dodging a one-out walk in the seventh with consecutive strikeouts to end the game.
Nate O’Brien reached on an error, had a single and a walk for the hosts, with a base hit from Ben Wellendorf and Millard’s double accounting for the only base runners of the game for the Tigers.
Cooper LaRue took the loss in six innings of work. He surrendered five runs (four earned) on eight hits and four walks, with Millard allowing one hit and one walk while striking out one in pitching one frame for Carroll.
Host DC-G threw water on Perry’s hot streak by limiting the Jays to just two hits while posting a 6-0 win in RRC play. Full details will appear in the July 19 Perry Chief.
PERRY 8, GREENE COUNTY 2
JEFFERSON — Perry scored an 8-2 win against rival Greene County in non-conference action Saturday.
The Bluejays were in a 2-1 hole after three innings, but plated two runs in the top of the fifth, three more in the sixth and two final runs in the seventh to pull away for the victory.
The win was the fourth of the year for Perry’s "Saturday Special" junior hurler Tyler Thompson, who is a perfect 4-0 on the hill on weekends.
Thompson threw five innings, allowing two unearned runs on three hits while striking out two. Whiton fanned four in two uneventful frames of relief.
Whiton had two doubles, a single, two RBIs, two steals and two runs scored in the win, with Zach Roberts hitting two singles, the final of which plated both runs Perry scored in the seventh. Michael Lansing hit a double and Daniels a single to complete the hitting ledger for the Jays.
Reed Ostrander took the loss for the Rams after throwing six innings. He allowed six runs (four earned) on six hits and seven walks while striking out eight. Matt Paulsen yielded two unearned runs on one hit and a walk with one strikeout in an inning of relief.
Riah Nelson had a RBI-double for the hosts, with Tory Beger and Dylan McConnell adding base hits.
Wednesday, July 3
PERRY 9, WCV 3
Perry scored three times in the third to take a 4-1 lead over WCV at Progressive Field July 3 and never looked back, eventually scoring a 9-3 non-conference in a game matching Bluejay head coach Mike Long against his son, Wildcat skipper Mick Long.
The hosts led, 6-1, before the teams traded single tallies in the fifth. Two Perry runs in the sixth put the score at 9-2, with WCV scoring once in the seventh to provide the final outcome.
Whiton and Michael Lansing each had three hits for the Jays, with the latter smacking a double and driving in four runs. Finn, Roberts and Ellett also had hits, with Finn and Wilhelmi collecting two RBIs apiece while Ellett drove in one run.
Finn went all seven inning on the rubber to pick up the win. He allowed three runs on five hits and two walks and finished with four strikeouts.
Clayton Scott hit a solo home run for WCV, with Alex Arnburg adding two hits while Austin Cook and Bryce Kearns each provided singles.
Cook was handed the loss after six innings on the bump. He yielded nine runs (six earned) on nine hits and six walks while striking out four.
Tuesday, July 2
PERRY 5, CARLISLE 4
CARLISLE — Perry head coach Long picked up career win No. 650 in the Bluejays 5-4 RRC victory July 2.
The Jays scored once in the fifth to move into a 3-2 lead and added two key runs in the sixth for a 5-2 lead. The Wildcats closed to within 5-4 with two runs of their own in the sixth but could not complete the comeback.
Whiton picked up his first win of the season on the mound after allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk. He finished with a season and team best 14 strikeouts.
The sophomore aided his own cause with three singles and three stolen bases while scoring twice, with Michael Pentico adding two hits and two RBIs. Ellett, Wilhelmi and Blake Lansing also had hits, with Michael Lansing and Daniels each driving in a run.
Trevor Joiner surrendered five runs (two earned) on eight hits in being saddled with the loss. He issued three walks and struck out four.
Andrew Smith and Spencer Jones each hit a single and a double, with Jake Epp swatting a solo home run for the Wildcats.