JEFFERSON — Class 3A 13th-ranked Greene County handed Perry a 10-3 loss in non-conference play between the two rivals July 2.

Perry (11-21 overall) was on the board first, with Lindsey Kunch leading off the game with a double to center and scoring on Julie Diw’s two-out base hit.

Greene County (25-9) used two walks, a wild pitch and a single to score twice in their first at-bat, then used, in order, a double, a single, a RBI-single and a three-run home run from Emily Christensen in the second inning to move in front, 6-1.

Katie England singled to start the fourth for Perry and eventually scored when Kunch drew a bases-loaded walk, but Rams starter Jennifer Kennedy came through with a three-pitch strikeout to stifle the rally with the bases full of Jayettes.

A single, two run-scoring doubles, an error and another base hit helped the hosts put four more runs on the board in their half of the fourth to all but end the suspense.

The Jayettes added a final run in the sixth, when Maddy Jans scored on a Katelyn Whelchel double. Jans was on to run for catcher Kylie Brandt, who drew three of the five walks (Kunch walked twice) issued by Rams pitchers.

Diw had two doubles to go with her RBI-single, with Whelchel adding a base hit to her double while Rachel Kinney also had a hit. Perry stranded 10 runners on base in the loss, with three of those standing on third base and four on second base.

Emma Olejniczak took the loss in three innings in the circle. She allowed nine runs on 10 hits and two walks, with Alexa Gilmore yielding one run on three hits in three frames of relief. Both Jayette pitchers had a strikeout.

Kennedy went four innings in collecting the win. She was touched for two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out five. Marissa Promes threw three innings in relief, allowing one run on three hits and two walks while tallying two strikeouts.

Perry dropped their second 10-5 decision of the season to host DC-G and second-ranked DC-G Tuesday.The Jayettes fell into an 8-0 hole after one inning before outscoring the Fillies the rest of the way in the loss. Full details will appear in the July 19 Perry Chief.


Saturday’s game


CARLISLE — Perry surprised fourth-ranked Carlisle with four quick runs in the top of the first inning Saturday, but the Wildcats responded with five runs of their own in the bottom of the frame en route to a 10-4 win in Raccoon River Conference action.

Kunch walked to open the game and scored on a Frankie Eklund base hit, with England driving in Eklund with a single for a 2-0 lead. Olejniczak added a two-run hit to score Diw (who had walked) and England as the Jayettes grabbed a surprising 4-0 edge.

The advantage did not last long, as Carlisle plated five runs in their first at-bat to snatch the lead, then added a run in the second, three runs in the third and one more in the fourth to pull away.

Payton Mercer was 4-fo-r4 with three doubles and three RBIs for the hosts, with Elin Landgren driving in two runs. Carlisle finished with nine stolen bases to help fuel their attack.

Shyanne Dubois lasted just 1-2/3 innings on the rubber, but that was enough to earn the win. She allowed four runs on five hits while striking out two, with Gabby Schnathorst picking up a long save with 5-1/3 innings in the ring. She allowed one hit — a Kinney single — and walked one while recording five strikeouts.

Olejniczak was the losing pitcher. The eighth-grader surrendered 10 runs (three of them unearned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out two.


Friday’s game


CARROLL — Gilmore’s double to the fence in right center scored pinch runner Jans and Diw in the top of the eighth inning to give Perry a 4-2 win over Carroll in RRC action last Friday.

Carroll had scored once in the first inning, but a pair of Perry runs in the top of the second gave the Jayettes a 2-1 lead. The Tigers knotted the score with a run in the fifth, setting the stage for extra innings.

Whelchel singled, with Diw adding a one-out single to put two runners aboard in the eighth. Jans was brought in to run for Whelchel and moved to third and Diw to second on a sacrifice bunt from England. Gilmore hit the next pitch into the gap for what moved to be the winning margin as Perry completed the season sweep.

Olejniczak had two RBIs as well, with Brandt and Eklund adding base hits while Diw finished 2-for-4.

The win went to Olejniczak, who scattered six hits and three walks while striking out five. One of the two Tiger runs charged to her was unearned.

Britt Bauman led Carroll at the plate with three singles, with Ali Meiners and Haley Stevens each driving in a run.

Lauren Janning suffered the loss after yielding four runs (two earned) on seven hits. She issued three walks and had one strikeout.


Wednesday, July 2

PERRY 13, WCV 1 (4)

The final game of the season at the PAC was a lopsided affair in favor of the hosts as Perry thumped West Central Valley, 13-1, in four innings of non-conference play July 2.

The Wildcats scored their lone run in their first at-bat, with Perry plating three runs in the first inning and five more in the second for an 8-1 lead. The margin grew to 10-1 after three frames, with the game ending with two outs in the fourth when the 13th run of the game gave Perry a 12-run margin and enforced the mercy rule.

Kunch and Diw had two doubles apiece for Perry, with Gilmore adding a double while Eklund had three hits. Every player in the Perry lineup had at least one hit, with Victoria Hegstrom ending the game by hitting a ball off the fence in center field. WCV outfielder Stormy Baker collided hard with the fence, and when the ball rolled away Hegstrom was able to race home with a three-run inside-the-park home run. Baker was momentarily stunned but otherwise unhurt on the play.

Olejniczak allowed one run on one hit and one walk while striking out six in earning the four-inning victory.

Jess Pieper started and lasted 1-2/3 innings for the Wildcats. She allowed eight runs on eight hits and a walk with one strikeout in being given the loss. Hailee Gross threw two innings of relief, yielding five runs on six hits and a walk.

Bailee Arnburg had a single and a steal for WCV, with Olivia Mcatee drawing a walk, stealing a base and scoring the only Wildcat run of the contest.