Saydel slips by Jayettes in tight matchup

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Jasmine Shriver waits for a pitch during a home game on Wednesday, June 17. PHOTO BY ALLISON ULLMANN/THE PERRY CHIEF

Despite the bats moving Thursday for the Jayettes, Perry (0-3) left Saydel (1-3) in search of their first win following a 10-5 loss to the Eagles.

Facing a 4-1 deficit in the top fourth inning, the Jayettes pushed ahead with three consecutive runs from Taylor Atwell, Jasmine Shriver (her second of the night) and Lydia Olejniczak to knot the game up. Macy Killmer’s run the next inning kept the score in check, and then the errors piled up as the Eagles posted six runs in response to that brief momentum swing.

The Jayettes left runners on second and third in the first inning, and another runner was left on base in the third and fourth inning. Had the rest of the game stayed the same, Saydel still holds a 10-9 win but the momentum shift Perry may have stolen remains untold.

Perry’s final run tally on its own was a mark of improved efficiency over 2019 though as the Jayettes scored five runs on just six hits. The bulk of their outs also came after making contact as only Perry struck out just three times compared to the 10 K’s against ADM.

Their advantageous positioning also came via a number of Saydel errors as Olejniczak got on base 3-of-4 plate appearances despite not logging an official hit. She forced two errors and was hit by a pitch which was converted into a run off a Jayna Kenney RBI double.

Standing with an 0-3 mark to start the season for the fourth straight season, Perry still has shown improvements in their final scores in comparison to those previous years. This is the first time since 2015 the team has two games with at least five runs in the opening week (seven runs opening night). But just as last season, they’ve allowed at least 10 runs in each contest and it wasn’t until the sixth game that streak ended.

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After a three-day break, Perry takes to the road for the Huskies who opened the season with two wins, starting with a 14-0 win over Carroll. Freshman Jena Young already has two home runs.