Host Perry put a scare into Class 4A top-ranked DC-G before falling to the Fillies, 10-5, in a Raccoon River Conference softball battle Monday.
The 2012 state runner-up Fillies (16-0, 6-0) had allowed a total of 19 runs entering the contest before yielding a season-high five tallies to the Jayettes (3-11, 0-7) but were able to score four times in the top of the sixth to pull away for the win.
DC-G had a 1-0 lead when a RBI base hit from Kylie Brandt sparked a two-run spot in the bottom of the fourth for the hosts.
The Fillies responded with five runs in the fifth for a 6-2 edge, but the wildness of DC-G starting pitcher Paige Lowary finally came back to haunt the guests. Lowary issued a pair of walks, yielded a RBI single up the middle from Frankie Eklund and threw two wild pitches that sent two runners home for Perry as the hosts closed to within 6-5 in their half of the fifth.
A series of doubles allowed DC-G to score four times in the sixth to open a five-run gap, with the Jayettes unable to produce any offense of reliever Rachel Lowary, an eighth grader and younger sister of junior Paige.
Katelyn Whelchel and Rachel Kinney also had hits for Perry, with Julie Diw drawing two walks while Lindsey Kunch, Katie England and Alexa Gilmore also earned bases on balls. Kunch, Whelchel, Eklund, Diw and England each scored once for Perry.
DC-G belted 15 hits in the win, with Paige Lowary hitting two of the six Fillies doubles while Macey Wolfe drove in four runs with a double and a three-run home run in the fifth.
Paige Lowary collected the win after allowing five runs on four hits and six walks in five innings of work. Rachel Lowary went two innings, striking out two; Paige Lowary had finished with 13 strikeouts among 15 outs recorded while she was in the ring.
Emma Olejniczak surrendered 10 runs — all earned — on 15 hits and three walks in seven frames. The eighth grader tallied four strikeouts in the loss.
Thursday, June 6
No. 6 BALLARD 3, PERRY 0
HUXLEY — Kenzie Ihle yielded just five singles and two walks in helping sixth-ranked Ballard blank Perry, 3-0, in RRC play June 6.
The Bombers scored once in the first and twice in the fourth — on a two-run home run from Ihle — to plate all the runs they would need behind their junior starter, who finished with seven strikeouts.
Kunch, Whelchel, Eklund, Diw and Gilmore had hits for Perry, with England and Olejniczak each drawing a walk.
Olejniczak allowed three runs on only four hits while walking four in taking the loss. She was credited with three strikeouts.
Wednesday, June 5
3A No. 4 B-F 7, PERRY 3
BONDURANT — Perry fell into a 3-0 hole after one inning and could never recover in dropping a 7-3 RRC decision to Bondurant-Farrar June 5.
The Lady Jays added a single run in the fourth and three more in the fifth to take a 7-0 lead before the Jayettes put three marks on the board in the sixth. Unfortunately for Perry the rally was too-little and too-late as the hosts easily hung on for the win.
Rose DeLateur started the Perry rally with a base hit. She scored when Kunch smashed her second home run of the season to trim the gap to 7-2. Whelchel followed with a double and scored when Diw reached on a hit.
Eklund also had a hit for Perry, with Olejniczak drawing a walk.
Olejniczak was handed the loss off the rubber after allowing seven runs on 12 hits. She issued one walk and struck out two, with one run against her unearned.
Keely Bycroft earned the win for B-F, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven.
Ashley Burrows had three hits for B-F, with Sam Koehn, Emily Wilson, Katie Norton and Annika Ekstam all adding two hits apiece.