The odds aren’t in many teams’ favor against a top 10 program that looks to go to State for the second year.
Perry (3-16) was no exception against No. 8 Dallas Center-Grimes (18-9) in the regional semifinal. The Fillies proved to be a whole other obstacle compared Perry’s win against Gilbert and walked away with an 11-1 victory in their quest to return to Fort Dodge.
Through the first inning, the Jayettes extended their multi-game shutout streak to 10 innings after only one runner got on base. Jayna Kenney also struck out two batters right out of the gate as she did to set the tone Thursday.
That tone shifted the rest of the night when DCG rallied together for 15 hits and 25 total bases to score in every other inning. There was no recovering from home runs from Molly Cooney and Aubrey Johansen in the third and fourth frames.
By comparison, it was not until the fourth inning did Perry advance beyond first base when Macy Killmer and Molly Lutmer hit back-to-back singles. The two attempts to help bring them home ended up in Fillies’ gloves to leave runners stranded and hold the momentum.
The Jayettes picked up the pieces again in the fifth inning when Kenney drove in Taylor Atwell for the run. With one run on the board, Perry avoided becoming the seventh team to be shutout by DCG this season. Lydia Olejniczak also got to third base following her single, only to be trapped on third base when the Fillies made a routine out at first base the very next pitch after Atwell slid into home.
DCG responded with another two runs with Maci Tunink pitching in the fifth inning. With the 10-run lead secured, the Fillies walked away with the win before Perry could log all three outs for the inning and earned their place in Tuesday’s regional final to face No. 13 Ballard.