Four Jayettes hit home runs as Perry bombarded Saydel, 8-0, in non-conference softball at the PAC June 13. Julie Diw and Frankie Eklund each hit their second home runs of the season in the win, with sophomore Katelyn Whelchel and eighth-grader Rachel Kinney joining the power company with their first shots of the year.
Emma Olejniczak had her best outing of the year in the circle, allowing just three hits without walking a batter in tossing the shutout. She finished with a pair of strikeouts in facing just three batters over the minimum.
Diw got the party started with a solo shot to left field while leading off the second inning. Katie England walked and later scored on single and error off the bat of Olejniczak. Kinney then stepped to the plate and hit a line drive just inside the left field foul pole for her first career dinger and a 4-0 Jayette lead.
Whelchel led off the fifth with a solo shot to the right of dead center field for a 5-0 lead, with Olejniczak and Kinney opening the sixth with consecutive singles. Lindsey Kunch just missed a home run with a fly out to deep left, with a strikeout following before Eklund stepped up and crushed a three-run bomb to left to cap the scoring.
Annika Hofbauer took the loss by surrendering eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and two walks in six innings. She finished with three strikeouts.
No. 2 WINTERSET 15, PERRY 2
Alexa Gilmore became the seventh different Jayette to hit a home run this season Monday, but her solo shot off the scoreboard was not nearly enough to stop second ranked Winterset from posting a 15-2 Raccoon River Conference victory at the PAC.
Gilmore also had a single, with Diw providing two hits while Whelchel, Eklund and England also had base hits. Kylie Brandt had the other RBI for Perry (6-12, 1-8) by driving in Eklund.
Olejniczak was roughed up by a powerful lineup, allowing 15 runs (four of which were uneared) on 20 hits in seven frames. She walked four batters and retired four on strikes.
Taylor Benshoof hit two home runs and added a triple and a double for good measure for the Huskies (23-2, 8-1), who received two doubles, a home run and five RBIs from Savannah Marker.
Wednesday, June 12
PERRY 5, ADM 3
The Jayettes earned a split of the season series with the Tigers by rallying from a 3-2 hole with three runs in the top of the seventh for a 5-3 RRC win June 12.
Perry won the game with small-ball, as all 12 of their hits were singles. Brandt led the way with three hits, with Kunch and Eklund recording two hits apiece while Diw, England, Gilmore, Olejniczak and Kinney also had hits. Eklund had two RBIs, with Whelchel, Brandt and Gilmore also driving in runs.
ADM had a 1-0 lead until Perry scored twice in the third for a 2-1 Jayette edge. Two Tiger runs in the bottom of the sixth threatened to steal the win, but the Jayettes responded with their three-run push in the seventh to stun the hosts.
Kate Collins allowed five runs (two unearned) on 12 hits and a walk while striking out four in taking the loss.
Olejniczak earned her first RRC win after allowing three runs on six hits and four walks. She ended the game with five strikeouts to her credit.