Big inning lifts No. 7 Ballard over Bluejays

Sean Cordy - Sports

After being shutout on their home field on Wednesday, Perry (0-17) drove to Slater looking to surprise Class 3A No. 7 Ballard (17-3). The Bluejays didn’t get to play the upset card but found their way on the scoreboard to avoid starting a shutout streak after a 13-1 loss to the Bombers.

The two exchanged blank cards for the first inning. Ballard broke the tie the next inning with three runs to cycle through the order.

Perry returned to the top of the lineup in the third inning, getting Kaleb Olejniczak on base, primed to dart home but was caught out once pitcher Kato Dougan got on base.

Dougan made the most of his trip, stealing third before penciling in his name in for Perry’s first run. Without any more runners to advance for Perry, Ballard primed itself for an eight-run inning to pull away from a comeback.

The Bluejays weren’t without their try for heroics though as Quinn Helmers went 2-for-2 on the night in the seven-spot, his second multi-hit game of the season. Looking to close the gap, three batters got on base in the fourth inning between Helmers’ single, another from Alex Morales, and Caden Steva getting on with a walk, ultimately unable to advance past second base.

Dougan and Morales split pitching duties. In total, Ballard combined for eight hits and six walks that distilled into 13 runs (10 earned) and went without sending anyone back to the bench on strikes.

Perry continues its three-game road trip for a rematch at Carroll (9-11) on Monday.