It is not the start to the season head coach Tina Lutterman hoped for, but the veteran coach had many positive things to say after her Jayettes 11-1 loss.

At Perry on May 21, the Perry Jayettes (0-1) could not get their bats or gloves going throughout their contest versus non-conference opponents, the Des Moines Christian Lions (2-0).

Despite the 10 run loss, Lutterman saw some hope and grit for her young team. This is not how we wanted to start our season, but we will get better, she said.

The game opened up with the Lions putting up five runs in the first off senior Alyssa Kruger and some defensive miscues.

“All three errors in bottom of first,” according to Lutterman.

In the the second inning the Lions padded their lead with another two runs, and closed out the contest with four runs in the third.

Kruger pitched four innings where she gave up seven earned runs, on 10 hits, while walking four and striking out three.

Offensively, the starting pitcher finished 2-for-3 from the plate with an RBI. Senior Sidney Vancil was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Both Adriana Eastman and TJ Sheehy each had a hit.

It’s not doom and gloom for the team, as the season is a marathon not a sprint. Lutterman will look to how her younger players develop.

“Outfield was 8/9th graders and they fielded all balls cleanly and all three put the ball in play at both at bats,” Lutterman said. “We will keep getting stronger.”

The squad hits the road this Friday, May 25, when they travel to Norwalk for a match against the Warriors.