ADEL — ADM bounced visiting Perry from the playoffs with an 8-0 win in the first round of district play last Friday.
The Tigers (28-9) received a strong all-around effort from senior Dylan Nelson, who limited the Bluejays (17-17) to just two hits while breaking the game open with a three-run double in the top of the second inning.
ADM had runners were on the corners in the top of the first courtesy of singles by Grant Goeden and Jordan Grove, but a line out to Levi Halling in right field, the first of six strikeouts by Will Whiton and a ground out to third baseman Cavan Finn helped Perry escape unscathed.
The Tigers were right back at it in the second, with singles from Chase Eddie and Ethan Herron putting two runners aboard. Goeden’s two-out single plated Eddie, with Grove loading the bases after being hit with a pitch. Nelson followed with a bases-clearing double over the glove of center fielder Ben Daniels, and although a strikeout to the next batter ended the frame ADM had posted a 4-0 lead.
That proved to be more than enough support for Nelson, who avoided a lead-off error off the bat of Nic Wilhelmi and a one-out walk to Michael Pentico with a strikeout and a ground out. Halling singled to start the third but was left at first base after three consecutive strikeouts, with Halling’s two-out single in the fifth turned aside on a force out.
ADM had added to their lead with a single run in the top of the fifth, with Perry bringing Jeremiah Ellett to the mound to toss the final two frames.
Ellett dodged a one-out walk in the sixth when Perry turned an inning-ending double play, but two singles, a walk and a bases loaded single from Logan Essy pushed the lead to 6-0. An error with one out and a Jackson VerWoert RBI-sacrifice fly accounted for the final two runs.
Cavan Finn reached for the Jays in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out infield error, with a dropped fly ball off the bat of Zach Roberts putting two runners aboard. The game ended moments later when Nelson induced a pop out on the infield.
Nelson struck out 12 in the win and helped his own cause with three hits, with Goeden, Grove and Essy adding two hits apiece while Eddie and Herron each had singles.
Whiton was the losing pitcher after throwing five frames, yielding five runs on eight hits, hitting one batter and striking out six. Ellett allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in two innings on the hill. He finished with two strikeouts.
Halling — who had both Perry hits — was the lone senior on the Bluejay squad this season.