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Big inning pushes Boone over Bluejays, substate group announced

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Avery Meister at bat during a home contest earlier this season. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

The last road game of the week for Perry (0-6) wrapped Thursday in a 10-0 loss to Boone (6-1) as the Toreadors continued their quest for a Raccoon River title. They’re the latest in a string of conference leaders — ADM and Winterset — to face Perry within the last week of games.

While ADM won in a 6-2 affair and Winterset propped up its undefeated record with a 13-1 result, Boone became the first team to shut out the Bluejays this season. Prior to Thursday, they had always escaped with at least one run.

Boone senior pitcher Matthew Mills came out in full force for five innings with seven strikeouts to propel himself to No. 7 on the conference leaderboard with 12 on the season in two starts. His ball control was even more effective as he remains just one of four RRC starters yet to allow a run and owns a .86 WHIP after allowing three Bluejays on base.

Sophomore Caden Steva, and seniors Keghan West and Avery Meister all collected singles and avoided being struck out by Mills as well. West and Meister began hitting streaks after also getting on base against Carroll.

Boone’s bats swung away without discrimination, logging eight hits and were watchful for another eight walks to produce a steady stream of production holding a 5-0 lead through four innings only to burst through with five runs in the fifth.

On the mound for Perry, freshman Fausto Beato posted four strikeouts in four innings with three hits, six walks, and five runs (only two earned). He now holds the team lead with seven K’s and a 2.00 WHIP.

Sophomore Carter Iben came in for the fifth inning as Beato’s pitch count climbed to 83. The Toreadors took advantage of some holes in the field as three of their five runs were unearned on errors. With that momentum, Steva found himself on the mound for the first time this season. His one inning ended with one strikeout and no further Boone runs on the board.

Following the game, Perry learned of its Substate No. 7 assignment with some familiar company. All but Newton is on the regular season schedule — ADM, Ballard, Bondurant-Farrar, Nevada, Newton, North Polk, and Saydel. Seedings will be announced July 6.

Next Up: Ogden (Friday)

The Bulldogs hold a 4-2 record this year with one of those losses coming at the hands of Boone as well in a 6-1 contest last week.