Pella moves past early Perry lead in regular season finale

Sean Cordy - Sports
Avery Meister winds up for a pitch during a 2019 Perry away game. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

The Bluejays put their regular season in the books Monday, July 15 as Perry (0-23) drew an 11-3 loss while visiting Pella (10-22). But it was a game that the Dutch had to fight for in the early going.

Pella looked to have the Bluejays’ number right out of the gate after striking out leadoff Kaleb Olejniczak but Kato Dougan and Keghan West followed up with two runs thanks to an Avery Meister double in the five spot to take a 2-0 lead.

With the Dutch playing from behind, Pella decided to one-up their guests with a three-run inning to turn the tables and turn the heat back on Perry. The Bluejays followed with three shutout innings, but it wasn’t without a concerted effort.

After his run in the first inning, Dougan extended his run streak to four games. On base again in the third inning, he stole second and made his way for third but was stopped short of the plate, keeping Pella up 4-2, opening the gate to another four runs for the Dutch.

Olejniczak found redemption in the fifth round, rounding the bases after a walk, and Dougan once again flirted with another run but two strikeouts later from the blue dugout quickly retired the inning. Dougan finished the evening with three hits for half of the team’s production to tie his career-high mark that he set earlier against Saydel this season.

West and Dougan split time on the mound as well with the former taking the loss. The two allowed a combined 10 earned runs on eight hits and eight walks, striking out four in the process. The Pella bullpen tossed out 11 Bluejays in the box.

Perry looks to turn the corner with an upset bid Friday against Ballard (23-7) on Friday in Slater for the opening Class 3A substate round.