Perry picks up second win heading into season’s final week

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Kato Dougan in action during a game earlier this season. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

Following a win Monday, the Bluejays (2-12) had three more chances in the week to keep improving their season’s record on a road trip.

Tuesday: Nevada 11 - Perry 0

Intentions were made clear from the start as Nevada (6-12) took a 4-0 lead after one inning. Another seven runs in the third inning sealed an early win for the Cubs, unfazed by the Bluejays’ attempts to turn the game around.

Perry couldn’t find the traction off the mound where three Bluejays rotated through the evening. Nevada scored with almost every opportunity, getting nine hits and four walks to only leave three runners stranded compared to Kato Dougan and Caden Steva grabbing the only hits for Perry.

Thursday: Perry 5 - West Central Valley 0

The Bluejays didn’t have to wait another two years to pick up this win.

Their intentions were laid out straight away, scoring in each of the first three innings. And to prevent a walk-off from the Wildcats, tacked on one more run in the final inning for good measure.

Perry had one of its most successful days at the plate, combining for a dozen hits highlighted by a perfect 3-for-3 performance from Kato Dougan. Gavin Hegstrom and Caden Steva had two hits apiece as well, with the latter bagging his first career triple and led the team with three runs batted in.

Beyond the efficiency safely getting on base, the Bluejays also had a season-high six steals. Dougan and Fausto Beato tied each other with two swipes apiece.

Avery Meister pitched a complete game to collect the win with a career-best 15 strikeouts. Meister joins 14 other pitchers this season to have at 15 strikeouts in a single game this season. Prior to Thursday, WCV struck out 6.6 times per game.

The win gives Perry a 2-0 record against 2A schools this season.

Friday: North Polk 11 - Perry 1

The Comets (12-7) had complete control against Nevada earlier in the week in a combined 27-1 doubleheader, and they didn’t rest on their laurels for Perry.

While the Bluejays got on the board first after Gavin Hegstrom drove Kato Dougan through, the rest of the show belonged to the home team.

North Polk jumped to a 9-0 lead after two innings and put the game to rest in the fifth inning with another two runs despite Perry’s pitching efforts to curb the score.

Perry’s three pitchers totaled seven strikeouts — Dougan (3), Fausto Beato (3), Carter Iben (1) — but handed out 11 walks on top of 10 hits. Compounded with Bluejay slip-ups in the field, North Polk’s score surged with six unearned runs.

Up Next: Winterset (Wednesday)

The No. 9 Huskies come to town for the regular season finale. Since their 13-1 win against Perry, they hold a 9-3 record and Casey Young has returned after recovering from an arm injury. In total, five Huskies rank in the top 10 batting averages in the Raccoon River Conference.