Bluejays finish 1-2 in last three

Cesar J ToledoSports ReporterCtoledo@theperrychief.com
Bluejays finish 1-2 in last three

In their last three contests the Perry Bluejays (6-13) won one and lost two versus the Eagles, Rams and Knights.

On June 17, the Bluejays traveled to Saydel to take on the 16-2 Eagles in a non-conference bout.

For five innings the road team kept the game within their grasp as they trailed the host ,8-4 ,with two innings remaining.

After being held scoreless in the top of the sixth, the Bluejays allowed the home team eight runs that extend the deficit to 16-4, which put the game out of reach.

Perry’s starting pitcher Alex Long recieved the loss. He tossed an inning and two-thirds and struck-out three, walked five and gave up six earned runs.

Reliever Alexis Garrido came on in the second. He threw the rest of the way giving up 10 runs- three earned- and walked three with zero strike-outs.

Perry’s four runs came from Kade VanKirk with an RBI, Kaleb Olejniczak with another RBI and leading the team was Janier Puente with two RBIs.

Two days later in their tournament the Bluejays bounced back with a 13-3 victory over the Greene County Rams ( 3-12).

Kyle Nevitt got the starting nod and did the most with it. He tossed all six innings, striking-out 10, walking six and gave up three unearned runs off two hits.

The home team got on the Rams early and often with three runs in the first, one in the second and three more in the third to take a 7-0 lead before the Rams countered in the fourth with three runs.

With the score 7-3, the Bluejays tacked on another two runs in the bottom half of the fourth and then another in the fifth for a 10-3 advantage.

The road team threatned in the top of the sixth with runners in scoring postion, but Nevitt struckout two runners with one out to end the threat.

“I block everybody out and just worried about the mitt and not the base runners,” he said.

In the bottom half, VanKirk reached first base after getting stung by a pitch. He advanced to third when Nevitt singled to right.

A Puente groundout brought VanKirk home for an 11-3 lead. Nevitt’s pitch runner, Conner Kenyon advanced to second after a steal.

Adan Medina singles to left to put runners on the corner with one out. A wild pitch later, Kenyon crossed home plate and and Alex Long drove in Medina for the final score and a 13-3 win.

At the plate, Nevitt and Medina led the team with a 3 for 3 performance and three RBIs. Long had a game high three RBIs to go with his two hits. Puente and Garrido each had two hits.

The celebration was cut short as the Assumption Catholic Knights ( 20-3) dominated the home team with a 25-4 victory.

Starting pitcher VanKirk received the loss. He pitched two innings, gave up 19 runs -seven earned- off 12 hits and he walked two.

Medina and Olejniczak each pitched an inning. They combined for five earned runs off 12 hits and struck-out two.

The Knights jumped on the home team early with 11 runs in the first, two in the second and 12 in the third to close out the game in four innings.

Puente led the team in hits with two. Long and Brandon Kenyon combined for the other two hits.

Tonight, the Bluejays will be on the road to face off against conference foe the Winterset Huskies.