Jayettes unable to hold off Toreadors
A fifth inning two run rally by the Toreadors sank the Jayettes’ hope of two straight victories.
An early two run lead by the Boone Toreadors, (3-2), vanished when the Perry Jayettes, (3-4, 1-3), battled back to tie the game in Thursday’s conference match.
Behind starting pitcher Emma Olejniczak, the home team found themselves down two runs early. The Toreadors chipped away with successful at bats that led two the 2-0 lead after one.
After the two teams exchanged two and a half scoreless innings, the Jayettes mounted their comeback.
In the bottom of the third with one out, Olejniczak’s sacrifice bunt moved Maddy Jans to third base and Johanna Diw to second.
Up to the plate came Perry’s Alyssa Kruger with the tying run in scoring position. She fought off several pitches and on a full count drove a double that scored Jans and Diw.
Teammate Rachel Kinney followed with a double that put Kruger in scoring position with Victoria Hegstrom up to bat. Hegstrom worked the count and drew a walk that loaded the bases with Sidney Vancil at the plate. The threat ceased when Vancil popped-up to end the inning.
It would stay tied until the fifth when the Toreadors crossed the plate twice to take the 4-2 lead.
In the seventh inning, the Jayettes had a chance to tie the game up but with two on and two out Kinney pooped-up and ended the comeback.
After the game, head coach Tina Kenney spoke to her team about the positives they can take away.
“We talked about the good things we did,” she said. “The tough plays we made and that we need to take advantage of every opportunity.”
Olejniczak finished the game with five strikeouts and two walks. Offensively she had a single in the seventh to go with the earlier sacrifice bunt. Diw finished with two hits and Kinney went 2 for 4.
The Jayettes will be back on the mound this Saturday when they host several schools in a varsity tournament.