Perry (0-21) paid a trip to Kuemper Catholic (17-13) looking to capitalize on the Senior Night performances from Wednesday. After a number of big innings from the Trojans, the 11-2 final score was too much to overcome despite Perry’s continued efforts at-bat.
It has been over three weeks since Kuemper Catholic (17-13) has given up a run to start off a game. That continued Thursday as the Knights blanked the Bluejays in the first inning and held strong until the second inning as Perry looked to bounce back.
After the Knights posted three runs in the second inning, Kaleb Olejniczak and Kato Dougan found their ways home for a two-run inning to stop the shutout. It’s the second-straight game that both scored. But for the progress that Perry made, the Trojans matched with another two steps forward with a two-run inning of their own to go up 5-2.
Heading into the third inning, the Trojans had it on their mind to close out the game with a shutout and despite Perry’s hit count, kept the score limited to that third inning. Meanwhile, the Kuemper bats kept moving as the Trojans put up six runs in the fourth inning to reach the 11-2 final score.
As the Bluejays did against Ogden the previous night, they made good progress compared to the opponents’ bats. Perry finished the night with seven hits to stay competitive with the 10 hits registered by the Trojans. The Trojans managed seven bases on balls while Perry walked five times.
Olejniczak was particularly effective. He went 3-for-4 on the night with one run. Dougan, Keghan West, Avery Meister, and Conner Kenyon each had hits as well while Alex Morales was walked twice.
Perry will host Nevada (5-20) on Friday night with a road trip on Monday to Pella (9-21) to follow to close out the regular season.