Perry split a pair of games at the annual Bluejay Tournament Saturday, defeating Earlham, 8-3, in their first contest before suffering a 6-3 loss to Oskaloosa in their second game. In the other games at Progressive Field, ADM defeated Oskaloosa, 4-2, and Earlham, 13-1, in five innings.
Perry starting pitcher Tyler Thompson received plenty of early support from his teammates against Earlham as the Bluejays plated two runs in each of the first two innings before scoring four times in the bottom of the third for an 8-0 lead. The Cardinals battled back with two tallies in the fourth and one in the fifth, but Thompson showed an ability to work out of trouble, avoiding potentially dangerous rallies in three of his six innings of work to collect the win.
The junior right hander allowed three runs (one of which was unearned) on seven hits and five walks while striking out four in collecting the win. Blake Lansing yielded one hit in tossing a scoreless seventh inning to slam the door and give Perry the win.
Seven Bluejays had singles: Will Whiton, Nic Wilhelmi, Michael Lansing, Ben Daniels, Cavan Finn, Zach Roberts and Levi Halling; Daniels had two RBIs and Wilhelmi, Finn, Roberts and Halling one each.
A.J. LePorte had two hits for Earlham, with Gable Johnson hitting a double while Ben Williamson and Travis Herman drove in runs with base hits.
Sophomore Alan Schmidt was pelted early, but settled into a groove and, working at a deliberate pace, silenced the Perry attack over the final four frames. By then the damage had been done and Schmidt was handed the loss after yielding eight runs — only two of them earned — on seven hits and two walks while striking out three.
The Perry defense collapsed in their second game, allowing Oskaloosa to score four of their six runs in unearned fashion as the Bluejays committed seven errors.
Those miscues cost Whiton, who was given the setback after surrendering five runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks in six innings. He finished with four strikeouts. Blake Lansing was touched for an unearned run in one inning of relief.
Perry had taken a 2-0 lead after two innings and tied the score at 3-all with a run in the bottom of the third after Oskaloosa had touched home three times in their half of the frame. The Indians pulled away late with unearned runs, scoring twice in the sixth and once more in the seventh en route to the win.
Whiton had a single, a double and two steals, with Daniels adding a hit and three steals while Michael Lansing, Roberts and Finn provided base hits. Halling, Daniels and Jeremiah Ellett had RBIs for Perry, with Wilhelmi, Daniels and Blake Lansing scoring for the hosts. Both Blake and Michael Lansing stole a base, as did Wilhelmi.
Jesse VanDalen went five innings to pick up the win. He allowed three runs on three hits and six hits while striking out two, with Clay Tucker tossing two scoreless frames to pick up the save.