A strong pitching effort from Jeremiah Ellett and a quick burst of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning helped ensure Perry (8-7, 2-5) of a 5-0 win over Winterset in Raccoon River Conference baseball at Progressive Field Monday.
Ellett scattered six hits and three walks with nine strikeouts while stranding eight Huskies on base — five of them in scoring position — in collecting the victory on the mound.
Winterset (2-10, 1-5) threatened early, with two-out singles from Andy Lambert and Zak Goodwin putting two runners on base, put Ellett came up with a strikeout to silence the threat.
Perry scored one in their first at-bat without the benefit of a hit off Husky starter Tanner Porter, who walked Ellett to start the bottom half of the first. Ellett stole second base, moved to third on a passed ball, then trotted home on a wild pitch for a 1-0 Bluejay lead.
Porter was just wild enough to be effective, surrounding a hit batsman, a walk and a single from Zach Roberts with four strikeouts in the first two innings to limit the damage Perry could inflict.
Winterset appeared to have tied the game in the fourth when Goodwin, who had walked, raced home on a Parker Klemish double to right-center. Perry looked to have been dealt a bad break on the play, as the ball bounced off the fence right where a vertical pole helps support the structure, sending the ball on a ricochet away from the Perry fielders. However, the Bluejays appealed that Goodwin had missed touching second base, and the ruling went in the favor of the hosts, erasing the run with what became the third out of the inning.
Winterset threatened again in the fifth with a pair of walks, but Ellett got a strikeout, a force out at third base and another strikeout to avoid danger. He worked out off a sixth inning jam when the Huskies put runners on second and third with one out after first baseman Michael Lansing held the runners by scooping up a hard-hit ball and tagging the batter, with yet another strikeout silencing the threat.
Perry had missed several opportunities to widen the lead by that point. The hosts made nothing of runners in scoring position in the third when Nic Wilhelmi was erased on a failed squeeze bunt with a ground out following, with a runner left aboard in the fourth and one picked off first base in the fifth.
The Jays finally broke through in the sixth after Ellett had escaped the aforementioned jam.
Michael Lansing singled for just the second hit of the game for Perry but was caught in a rundown on a steal attempt and tagged out at second base. Ben Daniels followed with a walk, with an infield hit from Blake Lansing and a walk to Cavan Finn loading the bases.
On a 1-1 pitch Roberts dropped down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Daniels and beat the throw to first to keep the bases loaded. Levi Halling walked to force in the third Perry run of the game, with a squeeze from Ellett scoring Finn and courtesy runner Keegan Wolfe from second, who alertly sprinted home when the throw to get Ellett at first pulled second baseman Brandon Herr off the bag and onto his backside.
That left runners at the corners with one out, but Halling was caught dead-to-rights off third base trying to score on a missed signal for a suicide bunt after Porter was lifted for Lambert on the hill. A ground out ended the rally, but left Perry with a 5-0 lead.
Ellett stuck out the first two batters he faced in the top of the seventh and, after an error, collected his ninth strikeout to end the contest.
Porter allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits. He struck out six but issued eight walks and hit two batters with pitches. Lambert faced two batters, allowing one hit and recording a ground ball out.
Thursday, June 13
PERRY 5, SAYDEL 4
The Bluejays scored single runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, then held off a final spurt from the Eagles to post a 5-4 win in non-conference play at Progressive Field June 13.
Perry had a 3-1 lead after four innings before Saydel scored twice in the top of the fifth to tie the game. The Jays took leads of 4-3 and 5-3 before a final surge in the top of the seventh put the Eagles within a run of tying the contest.
Whiton came on in relief of Finn, walking one batter and striking out one while recording the final two outs to earn a save. Finn went 6-1/3 innings for the win, allowing four runs (one unearned) on seven hits and a walk while fanning three.
Roberts had a single and a double while driving in a run, with Finn recording two singles while Whiton and Halling added hits. Ellett, Daniels and Halling had RBIs, with Whiton stealing four bases and Wilhelmi and Blake Lansing one each.
Amos Wright started and threw three innings for Saydel, yielding one run on two hits and a walk while striking out two. Rece Martin took the loss in three frames of relief. He allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks.
Martin had a single and a double for the guests, with Chas Nekola adding a pair of base hits.
Wednesday, June 11
PERRY 6, ADM 3
ADEL — Perry avenged an 8-0 loss on their home diamond to ADM earlier this season by turning the tables on the Tigers and posting a 6-3 win in RRC play June 11.
Both teams scored twice in the first inning and once in the third, with Perry tacking on two runs in the top of the fourth and one more in the seventh to pull away for the win.
Ellett scattered eight hits and a walk while striking out four in going the distance on the rubber. He yielded three runs, one of which was unearned.
Every Bluejay had at least one hit, with Ellett recording two. Michael Lansing had a double and a RBI, with Daniels recording two RBIs while Ellett, Halling and Wilhelmi also drove in runs.
Kyle Herrick was the losing pitcher after allowing five runs on seven eight hits in six frames. He walked two, struck out five and was charged with one unearned run.
Grant Goeden allowed one run on one hit with one strikeout in an inning of relief.