Jayettes upset bid spoiled by Harlan comeback

Sean Cordy - Sports
The Jayettes meet together after their last home game of 2019. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

For Perry (5-24) to continue its season with a trip to Boone on Saturday, the Jayettes would need to either push their offense to new heights or shutout Harlan (28-7) in their Class 4A Region 2 matchup Thursday, July 11.

They opted to go for the latter option.

Through the top of the sixth, Perry executed that role perfectly with a 2-0 lead. Jayna Kenney had one of her finest hours of the season, throwing a shutout through those first five innings in the circle against a team that had been shutout just once all season, and rarely dipped below five runs.

That performance was aided by Kenney and Lydia Olejniczak scoring in the fourth inning to break the stalemate and take a two-run lead, slipping by Harlan ace Morgan Schaben. She struck out 16 Jayettes on the evening, making the two runs all the more impressive with the limited availability of runners.

With Harlan getting anxious in the dugout, the Cyclones broke loose in the sixth frame to cut their deficit in half. Schaben continued her prowess from the circle, keeping the Jayette bats quiet in the seventh inning, setting up a walk-off win for Harlan.

Opening the inning with a free base to the Trojans that later turned into the game-tying run, Schaben put the game away with her bat, driving in the final run for the 3-2 win to complete the comeback.

Harlan advances to the next round in the region, facing Boone on Saturday.