Jayettes learn postseason fate, slip against Ballard

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Perry Chief

The field has already been set. Thursday’s 17-0 loss to Ballard (5-6) won’t affect the postseason setting for Perry (1-11).

This year’s regional bracket was announced earlier in the day and put the Jayettes right where the season started…facing Gilbert (8-4). This time it will take place in the Tigers’ backyard, still a shorter drive than last year’s tour to Harlan where the Jayettes nearly pulled off an upset to advance in the postseason.

While the Jayettes lost 12-7 to the Tigers to start the season, they made a convincing debut to tie the game 6-6 in the first inning. That remains the most production from a single inning for Perry. Only the team’s four-run inning against Bondurant-Farrar comes close to that momentum.

The rest of the season opener played right into the Tigers’ hands, just as Thursday’s game belonged to the Bombers.

Ballard came in with three of their past five games reaching double-digit scores. That streak extended before an out was on the board in the second inning. After wrapping around the batting order twice, the Bombers held a 15-0 lead after two innings.

After Maci Tunink came in to relieve Jayna Kenney in the pitcher’s circle to close the second inning, Ballard’s dominance continued from the opposite side.

Through the three innings Perry went up to bat, it wasn’t until Bella Nath got up to bat eighth in the order that the Jayettes landed on base. Taylor Atwell followed up with a single, and Kenney drew a walk. Despite allowing three runners on base, Ballard closed the inning and game without letting up a run.

Up Next: Winterset (Monday)

Even though the Huskies have lost four of their last five games, each loss was to fellow ranked opponents. Winterset rides in after the holiday weekend with the No. 9 ranking in Class 4A.