The first step toward winning the first home game of the season for the Perry baseball team will be scoring their first run of 2013 at Progressive Field.
Carlisle was the third consecutive guest to shut Perry out on the Bluejays own diamond, doing so with a 5-0 win in Raccoon River Conference play Monday. The blanking followed scoreless losses to Norwalk (6-0) and ADM (8-0) and dropped Perry to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in RRC action. In contrast, Perry is 3-0 on the road in a trio of non-conference games and has outscored the opposition by a combined 29-7 in those wins.
Bluejay starting pitcher Cavan Finn deserved a better fate against Carlisle, but got little help from his offense while one defensive miscue led to three unearned runs.
Spencer Jones led off the Wildcat second with a base hit but was thrown out attempting to steal by Bluejay catcher Zach Roberts. Jordan Pierce followed with a four-pitch walk, with Zethan Wycoff launching a two-run home run for a 2-0 Carlisle lead.
Two singles and a walk had three Wildcats on base in the third, but Finn induced a short fly out and a ground out to first base to silence the threat.
Perry had their chances, with Michael Lansing left aboard after a two-out single in the first frame while Ben Daniels reached on an infield single but was then erased trying to steal in the fourth.
The Jays had threatened in the second with a lead-off walk to Blake Lansing and a Daniels single, but Carlisle turned a double play and Payton Burris recorded the first of four strikeouts to snuff the threat, with poor base running costing Perry a chance at scoring in the third inning after putting two men on base with one out.
A pair of two-out hits and a walk helped Carlisle load the bases in the fifth, but Finn looked to have dodged danger by forcing a ground ball, only to have the play booted as a run scored. A walk and a Burris single allowed two additional unearned runs to score as the Wildcat edge grew to 5-0.
Singles by Finn and Roberts started the Perry fifth, but a line-drive double play and ground out kept the Jays off the board, with Burris avoiding damage after two walks in the sixth when left fielder Bryce Mouton robbed Daniels of a hit with a diving catch.
Blake Lansing walked one and struck out one in two innings of relief of Finn, but the Bluejay offense remained idle as Burris collected the win.
The Wildcat right hander allowed six hits and walked three in earning the victory, with Finn tagged for five runs (two earned) on eight hits and four walks in five frames on the bump. Finn finished with two strikeouts.
PERRY 12, Mt. AYR 0 (5)
PERRY 2, NODAWAY VALLEY 1 (8)
GREENFIELD — The Bluejays scored a pair of very different victories Saturday at the Nodaway Valley Tournament. Perry opened with a 12-0 win over Mt. Ayr before scoring a 2-1 win over the hosts in eight innings.
Perry scored eight first-inning runs to quickly end any drama against Mt. Ayr. Roberts had two hits and scored three times, with Will Whiton adding two hits, including a double, while tallying three RBIs and scoring twice.
Tyler Thompson won on the rubber for Perry. The junior yielded seven hits and one walk while striking out four in five innings of work.
The Bluejays answered a Wolverine run in the bottom of the third with a tally in the top of the fourth as the teams played extra innings in their meeting.
Whiton doubled and scored on Nic Wilhelmi’s sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth to put Perry in front, with Jeremiah Ellett finishing off the eight-inning complete game victory by setting down the side in order in the bottom of the frame. Ellett allowed one run on five hits while striking out nine and not walking a batter.
Mason Clarke was the tough-luck loser for Nodoway Valley. He went all eight frames, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four.
ADM 8, PERRY 0
Visiting ADM pounded out 18 hits en route to an 8-0 win over Perry at Progressive Field in the RRC opener for the hosts last Friday.
The Tigers jumped all over Finn, scoring four times on seven hits in the first two innings. They loaded the bases in the third, but Finn induced a ground out to hold the Perry deficit at 4-0.
The Jays tried to make noise in the first when Whiton singled and swiped both second and third, but Dylan Nelson recorded consecutive strikeouts to end the threat. Singles by Michael Pentico and Blake Lansing and a walk to Finn but three Jays aboard in the second, but Nelson struck out consecutive batters for the second inning in a row to maintain ADM’s margin on the scoreboard.
The guests added a run in the fourth and three more in the sixth to pad their advantage, with Perry unable to mount another serious threat as the innings slipped away.
Kyle Herrick had two doubles and a single for ADM, with Jordan Grove adding three base hits while Grant Goeden, Logan Essy and Nelson all had two hits apiece.
Nelson went five innings in grabbing the win, striking out eight and allowing five hits and two walks in the process. Jackson VerWoert allowed one hit and one walk and fanned four in two innings of scoreless relief.
Whiton had a double and two singles for Perry, with Pentico, Ellett and Blake Lansing adding the other hits.
Finn was tagged for four runs on 11 hits and one walk in three frames, with Whiton allowing four runs on six hits and a walk in three innings while Blake Lansing surrendered one hit and one walk while throwing the seventh inning.
Whiton finished with four strikeouts and Finn and Lansing with one apiece. All ADM runs were earned.