PELLA — Perry had the tying run on base in the top of the seventh but could not bring it home in suffering a 2-1 loss to Pella July 15.
The game was a historic contest for Perry in one way, as it marked the 1,000th career game for head coach Mike Long, all of them with the Bluejays, for whom he became skipper in 1978.
The Little Dutch grabbed a 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning before adding a second tally in their next at-bat. Perry tied the game when Will Whiton doubled and eventually scored in the fourth inning.
Whiton was the tough-luck loser on the hill after yielding two runs (one earned) on five hits in 5-1/3 innings. He struck out 12 in the setback.
Blake Lansing recorded the final two outs for the Jays, walking one batter and striking out one.
Michael Lansing, Jeremiah Ellett and Zach Roberts all had hits for Perry, with Ellett stealing a base while Michael Lansing and Ben Daniels drew walks.
Ryan Shull had a double and a base hit for Pella, with Isaac Naatgeboren adding two hits and a RBI and Tanner Wood a single.
Jacob Gleason tossed 5-2/3 innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out eight. He was charged with an unearned run. Grant Judkins earned a save with 1-1/3 frames of relief in which he walked one and struck out one.
Saturday, July 13
BOONE 3, PERRY 2
BOONE — As in the Pella game, Perry had the tying run aboard in the seventh but failed to score the run in a 3-2 loss to Boone in conference play.
Perry scored in the top of the third for a quick 1-0 advantage, only to have Boone tie the game in the bottom of the inning. Two Toreadors crossed the plate in the fourth, with the Bluejays scoring once in the top of the seventh before falling short.
Whiton had three hits and three steals, with Ellett, Michael Lansing and Cavan Finn adding hits while Daniels recorded a double. Daniels and Michael Lansing each had a RBI, with Ellett stealing two bases and walking twice while Daniels and Nic Wilhelmi also drew walks.
Ellett surrendered three runs on 10 hits while striking out five in suffering the loss.
Dusty Moran, Brett Slight and Alex Davis all had two hits for Boone, with Davis and Dylan McDowell swatting doubles.
Davis went the distance to collect the win on the mound. He allowed two runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out 10.