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Late Jayette rally falls just short in Bondurant

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Perry Chief

The Jayettes’ schedule didn’t take a break Wednesday as Perry (1-10) headed to Bondurant-Farrar (10-3) aiming to give the No. 13 ranked Bluejays a tough show that resulted in a 5-4 win for the home team.

This marked the fourth straight game against a ranked opponent for the Jayettes, and in comparison was the closest of the batch.

Perry had been shutout twice in the previous three games, and Ogden only afforded the Jayettes one run. Bondurant looked to give that same level of push as Perry faced a 1-0 deficit through the first four innings.

Then the fifth inning flipped a switch.

Starting with Macy Killmer getting on base on a rare Bondurant error, the Jayettes posted four consecutive runs after getting their first runners on base for the night. Molly Lutmer, Hannah Peterson (running for Cassidy Heck) and Peyton Tunink all rallied around to grab a 4-1 lead and force a pitching change.

Those four runs were the longest streak for the Jayettes since the season’s first inning.

Unfortunately, that momentum was contagious as the Bluejays captured a piece of that lightning strike to tie the game 4-4. The following inning, clean-up hitter Katelyn Lappe sealed the deal in the sixth inning with her third home run of the season for the final 5-4 score to stave off the upset.

After scoring just one run against the previous three ranked teams, Perry’s upset bid against Bondurant marked a big step forward even if only with one momentum-swinging inning. The Bluejays had previously won 5-4 against both ADM and Winterset. Both teams gave the Jayettes considerable trouble this season, yet finished with the same score against Bondurant.

Up Next: Ballard (Thursday)

Following two losses last week, the Bombers fell out of the Class 4A rankings. The road got even rockier after losing Wednesday to Winterset as well, bringing Ballard to 4-6 overall this season.