Big innings lift Winterset over Jayettes

Sean Cordy - Sports
Lydia Olejniczak takes in a pitch during a 2019 home game. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

After getting a lift from a big first inning en route to a win Friday, the Jayettes (5-23) fell behind to Winterset (18-14) on the same terms in a 10-2 loss during a make-up game on Monday, July 8 to end the regular season.

Despite facing six batters in the first inning, Perry and pitcher Jayna Kenney kept the Huskies at bay to keep the game squared at 0-0. But after Winterset returned the favor by striking out three Jayettes the following inning, the Huskies got the sticks swinging to take a 4-0 lead, putting the pressure on Perry to cycle back.

After stealing second, Lydia Olejniczak alleviated some of the pressure by breaking the shutout thanks to a Kennedy Tunink RBI. Olejniczak would later drive in another run in the sixth but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit that had grown to 9-2 after Winterset had another four-run outing in the fifth frame.

The game wasn’t without its positive outcomes though. As a team, Perry batted 10-for-30 with seven batters registering at least one hit and another getting a base on balls. Olejniczak, Macy Kilmer, and Cassidy Heck all had two-hit performances as well.

Perry hits the road Thursday for the quarterfinal regional matchup at Harlan (26-6).