GILBERT — If speed was of the essence, the Perry and Gilbert baseball teams would have been in good shape after their non-conference meeting Tuesday.
Perry starter Cavan Finn held the Tigers to just three hits while Gilbert starter Wes Greder limited the Bluejays to only two hits, but Perry managed to squeak out a 2-1 win in a game that lasted little more than one hour.
Finn finished with five strikeouts while issuing two walks to improve to 4-5 on the season. Jeremiah Ellett took the mound in the seventh, striking out one in earning the save.
Greder was the tough-luck loser after yielding two walks along with the aforementioned two hits — singles from Finn and Nic Wilhelmi. He struck out four.
Will Whiton drew both walks. He was hit by a pitch in the first inning, moved to second after and out and then scampered home after stealing third when the throw from Gilbert catcher Jared Gescheidler sailed into the outfield.
Gilbert tied the game in the third, but Whiton was back at it in the top of the fourth. The speedster drew a bases on balls, stole second and then moved to third, and eventually home, on a pair of wild pitches.
The Bluejays open postseason play against host ADM at 7 p.m. tonight after Gilbert and Nevada meet at 5 p.m. The two winners will face off in Adel Monday at 7 p.m., with the Class 3A Substate 7 Finals set for Wednesday in Boone at 7 p.m.
Perry was handed a 3-2 defeat by host Boone Saturday and dropped a 2-1 contest at Pella Monday, but statistical information from both games was not available at press time. Full details will appear in the July 26 Perry Chief.
Thursday, July 11
KUEMPER CATHOLIC 14, PERRY 1 (5)
Kuemper Catholic spoiled the final game of the season at Progressive Field in impressive fashion as the Knights used the combination of a 13-hit attack and a mistake-prone Perry defense to defeat the Bluejays, 14-1, in five innings of non-conference baseball July 11.
Kuemper simply kept sending batters to the plate in a wild second inning, with 12 Knights crossing the plate to all but decide the issue.
Cavan Finn took the loss on the hill for Perry after surrendering 12 runs (six were earned) on nine hits and a walk in two innings of work. Tyler Thompson threw the final three frames, yielding two runs (one earned) on four hits. He finished with two strikeouts and Finn with one.
Kuemper’s Riley Bach drive in six runs and scored twice on a single, double and a home run, with Colby Baumhover adding three hits and scoring three times. Bryce Wessels had a single and a double with three RBIs while Carter Ludwig also had two hits to key the Knight onslaught.
Zach Klocke threw four frames to pick up the win. He yielded one run on three hits and two walks, with Nolan Schultes allowing one hit in an inning of relief.
Perry senior Levi Halling had two hits in his final home game, with Michael Lansing and Ben Daniels adding base hits. Daniels drove in Lansing with his single, with both collecting a stolen base.
Wednesday, July 10
PERRY 9, WINTERSET 3
WINTERSET — Perry rallied from a 3-0 deficit after three innings to post a 9-3 win over Winterset in Raccoon River Conference action July 10. The Bluejays took the lead for good with a four-run fourth inning before adding three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh en route to the win.
Will Whiton was dominant on the mound for Perry, allowing only one hit and three walks over seven innings while striking out 11. Errors accounted for two of the three runs scored by the hosts.
Zach Roberts had a double, two singles and a RBI for the Jays, with Whiton and Lansing each contributing two hits and two RBIs, with one of Lansing’s hits a triple. He also stole two bases.
Jeremiah Ellett and Daniels both hit triples, with Finn drawing three walks to help Perry to the come-from-behind victory.
Tanner Porter’s triple was the lone hit for the Huskies.
Porter was the losing pitcher after surrendering seven runs (three earned) on seven hits and seven walks while striking out four in 5-2/3 innings. Dan Brookhart went 1-1/3 innings in relief, yielding two runs on five hits and two walks.
Tuesday, July 9
DC-G 6, PERRY 0
DALLAS CENTER — Mustang senior Sam Wadsworth handcuffed the Bluejays with a two-hitter to help DC-G post a 6-0 RRC win over Perry July 9. The Jays had a five-game win streak snapped with the loss.
DC-G scored twice in the first inning then slowly added to their lead, scoring once in the third, twice in the fifth and once in the sixth while Perry struggled just to get runners on base.
Whiton drew the only walk received by the Jays, with Nic Wilhelmi and Daniels recording the two singles Wadsworth allowed while striking out five Perry batters.
Ellett yielded five hits and a walk in six innings of work, with three of the six DC-G runs unearned. He had one strikeout in defeat.
Michael Foggia and Jordan Kloewer hit doubles for the Mustangs, with Tyler Pierson recording two hits while Justin Carlyle provided a hit and three RBIs.