A winless start (0-4) to the 2017-2018 Perry softball season may seem out of sorts after last season’s squad went 26-11.
Head coach Tina Lutterman, who’s helmed the position for several years, is not happy with the start but spoke earlier about the confidence she has in her girls.
“Not how we wanted to start our season but we will get better,” Lutterman said after the opening day 11-1 loss against the Des Moines Christian Lions.
Since then the Jayettes have lost another three games. But Lutterman’s outlook for a turnaround remains steadfast.
“We need to wake up the bats and play defense aggressively,” she said earlier this season. “It’s early in the season.”
The veteran coach doesn’t offer excuses for her team’s performance, however noted that the bad weather has caused reschedules.
Because we had rescheduled games we were have not been able to actually play, said the head coach.
Last season’s Jayettes, didn’t drop their fourth game until June 8, in a 11-5 loss against Raccoon River Conference school, the Carlisle Wildcats.
Lutterman will look for experience players such, as senior Alyssa Kruger, to shoulder the pitching void left by last year senior, Emma Olejniczak.
Olejniczak, who finished off a solid career with the Jayettes, is currently fanning down opposing hitters at the University of Northern Iowa.
So far this season in three games, the squad is batting .257 with 19 hits in 74 at bats. They have nine runs, seven RBIs, have drawn seven walks, and struck out 10 times.