Michael Pentico’s two-out single in the bottom of the seventh scored Ben Daniels with the only run of the game as Perry defeated Martensdale-St. Marys, 1-0, in a pitching duel at Progressive Field Monday.
Perry senior Jeremiah Ellett (6-2) and M-SM junior Eddy Kraber (6-3) were both outstanding on the hill, with each yielding just four singles to the opposition. Ellett struck out four and walked two, with Kraber issuing one walk while striking out seven after entering the game with 68 strikeouts in just over 40 innings of work.
Neither team was able to take advantage of the few chances they had to move the scoreboard in the first five innings, with the Blue Devils (21-7) leaving a runner at third in the second inning and one at first in the third, with Perry catcher Zach Roberts erasing a would-be base thief to end the fourth frame. The Bluejays (11-12) left Will Whiton on third base in the first and at first in the third after stranding Cavan Finn at first in the second stanza.
Both teams went down in order in the fifth, with Ellett surviving a one-out single in the sixth. Ellett singled to open the sixth but a double-play helped Kraber avoid damage as an error with Michael Lansing batting was followed by a pop out to end the frame.
Ellett caught a pair of pop flies for two quick outs in the top of the seventh before issuing a four-pitch walk to Dylan Hatcher, who promptly stole second base. Luke Anctil hit a dribbler into the hole to the right of shortstop Blake Lansing, who could not get enough on his throw to retire a hustling Anctil at first base.
However, Hatcher never stopped running after rounding third and was gunned down at the plate by first baseman Michael Lansing, who fired a strike in plenty of time to Roberts at the plate to nail the runner and keep the Blue Devils off the scoreboard.
Daniels started Perry’s winning rally with a five-hopper to shortstop Gage Gavin, who elected to play back on the play and then did not have enough time to peg the speedy Bluejay junior, who raced to second when the hurried throw sailed wide. A pop-out followed, with Pentico hitting the second pitch he saw to the opposite field, with the ball falling just out of the reach of center fielder Trent Verwers in the left-center gap. Daniels scored easily on the play, giving Perry the win.
Whiton had two singles for the Jays, with Gavin, Verwers and Tanner Foster joining Anctil in stroking base hits for the visitors.
Thursday, June 27
BALLARD 11, PERRY 10 (9)
An error in the top of the ninth allowed Ballard to steal an 11-10 Raccoon River Conference win at Progressive Field June 27.
Perry had rallied from a 3-0 deficit with a single run in the second and four runs in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. Ballard plated seven runs in the sixth to move back in front, 10-5, but two Bluejay runs in the sixth and three in the seventh forced extra innings.
Jacob Nethers opened the Bomber ninth with a single and moved to third after an infield out and a Perry error. He scored when Mitchell Broer, batting ninth in the order, delivered a base hit for his third RBI of the game.
Perry had two men on base with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, with a strikeout and fielder’s choice leaving two on with two outs. A walk to Michael Lansing loaded the bags, but Kordell Lettow recorded his second strikeout of the frame to end the game.
Nine of the 15 Ballard hits were doubles, with Taylor Bridgewater hitting three doubles and Lettow two.
Nick Hartman allowed five runs (one earned) on three hits and five walks in five innings, with Landon Manfull allowing five runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk in two frames of relief. Lettow walked two, surrendered one hit and struck out five in two innings of work to earn the win. Manfull had two strikeouts, with Hartman fanning 10.
Whiton lasted 5-1/3 frames for Perry, allowing 10 runs (seven earned) on 10 hits and five walks while striking out one. Blake Lansing (1-1) took the loss, yielding one run on five hits and one strikeout in 3-2/3 stanzas.
Nic Wilhelmi and Roberts each had three hits, with both smacking one double. Both Michael and Blake Lansing.had doubles, with the latter driving in three runs and the former two while Wilhelmi added two RBIs.
Wednesday, June 26
BONDURANT-FARRAR 5, PERRY 4
The visiting Bluejays saw the host Jays score three times to close to with 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh but kept Perry from adding a tying run in claiming the RRC victory.
Ellett took the loss for the hosts. He was touched for five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out three in six innings on the bump. Blake Lansing tossed on inning of scoreless relief.
Whiton and Daniels each had two hits, with Pentico and both Lansing brothers all adding base hits.
Austin Cameron went six frame for B-F to earn the win. He allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Logan Little collected a save by recording three outs while keeping Perry from tying or winning the game in the seventh.
Tuesday, June 25
PERRY 8, CLARKE 2
OSCEOLA — Perry scored at least one run in five of seven innings to overpower two-win Clarke, 8-2, in non-conference play June 25.
Finn (2-4) held the Indians to two runs (one earned) on just three hits and two walks in seven innings. He finished with a season-high nine strikeouts.
All seven of Perry’s hits were singles, with Blake Lansing the only Jay with multiple hits. He had three RBIs, with Michael Lansing and Whiton also driving in runs.
Perry stole 15 bases in the victory, with Ellett safe on three attempts. Whiton, Levi Halling, Tyler Thompson, and both Lansing brothers swiped two bags apiece while Wilhelmi and Daniels also had thefts.
As of July 1 Whiton leads Class 3A in thefts with 27. He has not been thrown out this season.