Wildcats make waves with splash against Jayettes

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Lydia Olejniczak stretches to catch a ball as a Wildcat runner slides into second on June 29. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

Coming off a pair of losses at a tournament over the weekend, Perry (1-9) walked into another ranked opponent Monday against Carlisle (11-2) with a 14-0 loss.

Perry has become quite acquainted with top shelf programs this past week, facing three ranked opponents in a row. Carlisle came to Perry ranked as the No. 1 Class 4A team in the state having even brought powerhouses like ADM and Dallas Center-Grimes to size.

The Wildcats only added to their resumé, padding stats with 14-0 shutout that ended before the sixth inning could start after they put up a nine-run inning.

No easy outs

After starting out the evening by allowing just one Cat on base in the first inning and no runs allowed, Perry looked to become one of the few teams to completely silence Carlisle through two innings.

With two outs and two strikes, Jayna Kenney had them on the ropes, ready to get Perry back at-bat. Getting a good location on the next pitch, Carlisle drove in its first run after an error in the field off a hard grounder into left field to kick off a four-run inning.

Perry was just inches away from keeping Carlisle in the corner to start the game. The beat went on the evening with a fifth inning crescendo of nine runs for the Wildcats when Maci Tunink was brought in to rest Kenney’s arm.

Carlisle came in as one of the most prolific scoring teams in the state and walked away with the team’s highest output of the season and even cycled through the order to score Aubrey Furnal twice and allowed a home three-run home run in the second inning as two of Carlisle’s biggest moments.

No easy hits

With such a force at play from Carlisle’s bats, Perry’s own attempts at the plate against one of the state’s top pitchers met similar troubles.

Molly Hoekstra went six innings without allowing a run or hit. Lydia Olejniczak got onto base and snuck to first base in the first inning after being walked, and Molly Lutmer got on base the next inning thanks to a fielding error. But that was the only tangible production the ace allowed on the night as she struck out seven batters, catching Perry swinging all night including the last pitch.

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The Jayettes’ slate doesn’t get much easier as they hit the road for the No. 13 Bluejays led by three batters ranked among the top 50 scorers in Class 4A.