WOODWARD — Perry split a pair of games last Friday at the W-G Softball Classic, defeating Madrid, 10-4, before dropping a 4-3 heartbreaker to Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln.
The Jayettes (3-11 overall) managed to play three scoreless innings in the rain against East Sac County Saturday, but the game was called due to an incessant rain shower, with a scheduled match against W-G also erased by the weather.
Perry scored once in each of the first three innings against Madrid, with the Tigers plating one run in the bottom of the second. The Jayettes made it 7-1 in their favor with four tallies in the fourth and pushed their advantage to 10-1 with three scores in the seventh. The Tigers countered with three runs in their final at-bat but had too far to go to get back in the game and fell by the 10-4 final.
Lindsey Kunch had four hits and Frankie Eklund and Rachel Kinney three apiece for Perry, with Katelyn Whelchel and Julie Diw adding two hits apiece while Emma Olejniczak, Kylie Brandt and Alexa Gilmore each had one. Diw and Kunch had two doubles apiece, with Brandt, Eklund and Gilmore also doubling.
Kinney, Kunch and Diw drove in two runs each for Perry with Eklund scoring three times and Kunch and Gilmore twice each to spark the Jayette attack.
Taylor Bell had two hits for Madrid, with Naomi Dalton driving in a pair of runs.
Olejniczak earned the win in 5-2/3 innings on the rubber. She allowed one run on four hits and three walks while striking out six. Gilmore recorded the final four outs, yielding three runs (one earned) on four hits with one strikeout.
Shelby Larson allowed 17 hits and walked two batters for Madrid in a losing cause. She struck out one and allowed 10 runs.
Perry had CBAL beaten with a combination of timely hitting and sparkling defense that had the Jayettes in front, 3-0, before the Lynx won the game with four runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Kunch, Eklund, Diw and England all had two hits, with Victoria Hegstrom adding a RBI single while England had a double. Kinney, Hegstrom and Kunch scored in the top of the fifth as Perry moved into a 3-0 lead.
The Jayettes had used a strong relay from Hegstrom in centerfield to shortstop Whelchel to catcher Brandt to erase one runner at the plate after a double threatened to put the Lynx on the board. Kinney followed with a running catch toward foul ground in right field to rob the next batter of a hit, then threw across her body toward the plate an on-target bullet that nailed the Lynx runner who had tried to tag and score from third base on the play.
Unfortunately, the Jayette defense fell apart in the seventh, as a series of walks, hits and errors — two of them with two outs and Perry still in the lead — allowed the Lynx to snatch away the victory.
Olejniczak was the tough-luck loser. She went 6-2/3 innings, yielding four runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks while recording five strikeouts.