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Carlisle surges after one inning despite Bluejays comeback bid

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Gavin Hegstrom in action during the June 27 contest with Carlisle. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

Carlisle (3-6-1) has been trying to find its footing all season and found some balance Monday against Perry (0-8) with a 15-5 win at Progressive Field.

Beat ‘em at their own game

With a game that ended one inning early, the idea of a close game may seem far-fetched. However, six errors tell a different story.

Had Perry’s defense shored up and eliminated their errors that led to 11 unearned Carlisle runs, Perry could be looking at its first win of the season. And with the Wildcats making a living off scoring on off-balanced plays in the outfield, the Bluejays found they could score the same way.

Carlisle committed four errors as well and none were more crucial to Perry’s hopes than an error in the third inning that turned a Keghan West single into a three-run triple that pushed Kato Dougan, Juan Hernandez and Holden Smith all to home plate. West scored the very next at-bat off an Avery Meister sacrifice hit.

It would have taken a number of extra Carlisle flubs to get the win based on the score as it stands. Take away the those 11 unearned runs, Perry stares at a 5-4 win if the rest of the game plays out accordingly.

Make the opportunities count

This is the second game in a row the Bluejays have scored more than four runs and ties the season-high of five runs against Ogden. While that was largely built off the opportunistic three RBI play from West, a new season-best mark was not far off the table as a number of stolen base attempts tried to provide another advantage.

However, they’d largely be left as attempts.

Following the nine runs Carlisle posted in the second inning, Perry found itself in position with two men on base after Carlisle pitcher Chris Holland — in his first start — had a perfect first inning. Only, the connection between the Wildcat catcher and shortstop was too quick to let the Bluejays slide by to get a leg up on a comeback bid. It was a true anomaly for Perry as the team had only been tagged out once in 21 previous attempts this season.

That same efficiency that has held true the rest of the season returned in the fifth inning as Dougan slid his way for two steals, getting in position for another RBI from West who stole his third base of the year this inning as well.

West also put in work from the mound, pitching blow for blow with Holland all night. Perry’s senior hurler hit a new season-high seven strikeouts in five innings compared to Holland’s eight in six frames. Carter Iben eventually came in as West’s replacement in the middle of the fifth inning.

Up Next: @Bondurant-Farrar (Wednesday)

The Bluejays have sat in the middle of the road this season but just experienced a 14-13 win over the state hopeful ADM Tigers. A win over Perry would put Bondurant with a winning record for the first time this season at 5-4.