Perry entered the annual two-day visit to the Pinch Hitter’s Classic depressed and dejected after having been humiliated in 25-6 loss to visiting Boone June 20. By the time they boarded the bus after their final game Saturday the mood of the team had taken a sudden 180- degree turn.
Class 5A No. 7 Ankeny whipped Perry, 15-0, in three innings, with an 8-3 loss to Pella capping the action last Friday. North Scott blanked Perry, 5-0, in Saturday’s first game, but the Jayettes suddenly put it all together in their final game at the classic, rallying from an 11-3 deficit to stun 4A No. 13 Harlan, 12-11, in four innings.
The Little Cyclones held a 4-1 lead after one inning and a 11-3 lead after the top of the third, only to see the Jayettes surge back into the game with four runs that closed the gap to 11-7. Harlan did not score in the fourth, with Perry plating five runs to take a 12-11 lead, a score which was ruled final as the 90-minute time regulation went into effect, securing the victory.
Rachel Kinney singled to center with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth, a play that scored three runs when the ball eluded the Harlan outfielder and rolled away. Kinney scored one out later when Katelyn Whelchel singled to right field, giving the team the upset victory.
Alexa Gilmore started for the Jayettes, allowing 10 runs (nine earned) on 11 hits in two frames. She was relieved by Emma Olejniczak, who collected the win after yielding one run on one hit and a walk in two frames.
Kinney and Whelchel each two hits had three RBIs, with Frankie Eklund adding two hits. Julie Diw, Lindsey Kunch and Whelchel had doubles for the Jayettes.
Ankeny wasted little time in blasting Perry in Friday’s first game, scoring five times in the first inning and seven more times in the third to end the game early.
Singles from Kunch and Katie England had the only hits for Perry, with the Hawks smacked four doubled and two home runs.
Gilmore was handed the loss after surrendering 15 runs (five were unearned) on 15 hits and a walk in 2-1/3 innings. She tallied one strikeout.
Perry scored twice in the sixth to cut Pella’s lead to 6-3 in game two Friday for the Jayettes, but the Little Dutch plated two runs in the top of the seventh to pull away for the win.
Olejniczak allowed eight runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks while striking out four in being handed the loss.
Eklund had two hits and scored twice, with Gilmore adding two hits and Diw a double to highlight the Jayette offense.
North Scott pitched Anne DeVries held Perry scoreless on four hits and a walk while striking out six as the Lancers posted a 5-0 win in Saturday’s first game.
Diw had a single and a double, with Kunch and Gilmore reaching with singles.
Olejniczak allowed five runs (two were unearned) on seven hits and four walks while fanning one batter in taking the setback, with Gilmore pitching an inning of relief.
Perry visits Greene County Tuesday, hosts West Central Valley Wednesday, plays at Carroll next Friday and then has an 11 a.m. makeup game at Carlisle slated for July 6.