Perry rally falls short at Grinnell

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Perry freshman Carter Iben steps into a pitch against Bondurant-Farrar on June 26. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

It hasn’t been uncommon for Grinnel (20-8) to steamroll through opponents this year, putting away games in double digits and blanking opponents. Perry (0-19) made sure it wasn’t added to the list as the Bluejays fell at home to the Tigers 4-1 on Monday, July 8.

After the first two Tigers put their names up on the board, pitcher Avery Meister and the defense tightened the grip to limit Grinnell to just two more runs over the next six innings to keep the game within reach for Perry’s bats.

But with 10 strikeouts combined from the Jays’ lineup leading to four consecutive perfect innings for the Tigers, the strengthened defense wasn’t enough to close the gap.

Kato Dougan looked to get things moving for the crew in the top of the sixth after notching his 10th stolen base of the year but was left stranded. With one more chance at the comeback, the combined efforts of a Quinn Helmers single and Conner Kenyon sac fly pushed Kaden Boyer in to cancel the shutout.

That wasn’t enough to swing the momentum as the Tigers added one more K to their stat line to close out the game.

Perry will host Ogden (16-12) on Wednesday followed by a trip to Kuemper Catholic (16-12) on Thursday.