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Top-ranked Spartans spoil Jayettes’ home finale with shutout

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Perry softball players meet at the mound during a game earlier this season. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

The Jayettes weren’t the first, and likely won’t be the last this season.

Playing in the home season finale, Perry (2-13) fell 9-0 against Collins-Maxwell (16-1), the top-ranked team in Class 1A that has shut out 10 other teams this season.

Keeping opponents silent has been second nature for the machine that is otherwise known as Mikayla Houge, who entered Friday with five perfect games to her name Friday. She was one at-bat away from adding a sixth to her collection and instead had to settle for a no-hitter after walking Molly Lutmer in the second inning.

With Perry down 7-0 by that point, Lutmer attempted to steal to get some action rolling for the Jayettes but was caught out, and kept the Spartans rolling unfazed the rest of the evening in the field.

The same cannot be said of their presence at the plate. Just as Houge silenced the Jayettes’ bats, so did Perry limit the damage after registering nine consecutive outs before Maxwell broke loose for a two-run sixth inning.

During the shutout innings, Perry’s gloves logged nine consecutive outs as Jayna Kenney stretched the Spartans bats from the circle. She wrangled two strikeouts the rest of the night.

Perry head coach Tina Lutterman discussed looking for little victories the previous night after a 12-1 win over Woodward-Granger. Matching pound-for-pound over the course of three perfect innings might qualify for such a victory.

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Before the postseason kicks off next week in Gilbert for the Jayettes, they make a short trip to face a Lions team that has struggled to find consistency all season. They lost just 2-1 against Collins-Maxwell early in the season but most recently were just the second team to lose to Madrid. Meanwhile, Perry had no issues against the Tigers.