After posting a pair of the team’s most productive outings, the Bluejays had a couple tough matchups to close the week’s games before the holiday weekend.
WEDNESDAY: Bondurant-Farrar 10 - Perry 0
Bondurant-Farrar (5-8) held a 1-0 advantage through the first three innings but caught a getaway in the fourth inning from the visiting Bluejays.
After both Bluejay teams swapped a pair of zeroes on the board, Bondurant left a mark with three consecutive innings with multiple scores to put a bow on the game despite some of the most consistent production from Perry’s bats.
Perry left the night with five batters logging a hit and only struck out twice. Gavin Hegstrom (who was also hit by a pitch), Keghan West, Fausto Beato, Kaleb Lyddon and Avery Meister all reached base on singles. Carter Iben also laid down a sacrifice hit to advance the bases. All was left to the wayside with stranded runners compared to Bondurant’s 12 hits including a home run to run up the scoreboard.
Meister earned the start for the Bluejays with 5.1 innings pitched, 12 hits, two walks and 10 runs (six earned) allowed.
THURSDAY: Ballard 13 - Perry 1
The schedule got even tougher Thursday night for Perry (0-10) as the Bluejays tripped in a 13-1 match with No. 8 ranked Ballard (9-2) to close the week.
Boasting the 10th most powerful offense in Class 3A, averaging almost nine runs per game, the Bombers jumped to an early 10-0 lead after circling through for eight runs in the third frame. That was the third time Ballard has scored at least five runs in a single inning this season.
Facing a steep hill for a comeback, Perry freshman pitcher Fausto Beato stepped up to break the shutout bid as he drove in Keghan West. Beato logged two hits in two at-bats, marking his second multi-hit game of the season. He previously had a two-hit, one walk performance against Ogden. West is the only other Bluejay to log a pair of multi-hit games this season.
Batting for the team lead of .409 this season, West didn’t get a hit but helped drive up his on-base percentage to .516 after drawing two walks from the Bombers’ mound. Both those rates rank 10th in the Raccoon River Conference.
Conversely, Ballard boasts five of the top 15 on-base percentages. That efficiency was noted even further Friday as 16 batters landed on base to propel the Bombers to the win.
Beato logged the loss for Perry pitching 2.2 innings with seven runs (five earned), two hits, five walks and one strikeout. Kato Dougan stepped in for 2.1 innings with another strikeout, six runs (three earned) and five hits.
Up Next: ACGC (Monday)
The Bluejays get a break from playing in one of the state’s most competitive conferences. ACGC comes to town Monday evening looking to shake off a doubleheader that featured a 23-2 loss to Martensdale-St Marys. The Chargers are 1-4 in the last five games.