Bluejays post season-high score in Saydel loss

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Gavin Hegstrom waits for the pitch on Tuesday, June 16. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

The Bluejays go into the second week of the season in search of a win as Perry (0-3) left Saydel (4-2) with a 13-3 road loss in tow Thursday. It was a true mixture of experiences as the game combined the defensive pitfalls of the season opener yet had the most action at the plate yet.

Playing in their first road trip of the season, the Bluejays were able to capture the momentum from the batter’s box before the Eagles had a chance to get in a word.

Following runs scored from Kato Dougan, Fausto Beato and Rylee Ray, Perry experienced its first lead of the year thanks to the work on the base paths. After getting on base from a walk, Beato eventually stole his way home while Ray was driven in by a Gavin Hegstrom single following a stolen base as well.

Then the Eagles had a couple words to say as soon as they went to the plate as they put together a three-run inning of their own. That was followed by 10 more unanswered runs thanks in part to striking out once on 21 at-bats. With a perfect six stolen bases, Saydel put together multi-run innings in all four frames.

They’d later defeat Nevada (1-5) the following day with their third double-digit run game of the season.

Saydel was able to retire the side in a minimum of four plate appearances the rest of the night with Nathan Jaeger on the mound tossing seven strikeouts. Only Hegstrom and Beato were allowed back on base after the first inning.

Regardless of the loss, Perry has made steady improvements through three games, enough to call it a trend. After scoring just one run opening night, the Jays have increased their run production by one run each of the preceding games. Head coach Aaron Lyons said after the season’s first game that the goal is to make steady improvements with their young roster. The box scores show that much this week.

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The Bluejays held the Huskies in check last season in a 6-4 win with star Casey Young being limited on-base. He’s been off to a slow start this season with only five total bases through games as he’s been walked three times as well. Brock Johnson has taken control with six RBI.