ADEL — Perry and host ADM entered the fifth inning of Wednesday’s Raccoon River Conference baseball battle tied at 3-all. Eleven batters and seven runs later Perry held a 10-3 lead, a margin they would increase with five sixth-inning tallies to claim a 15-3 win over their rivals.
ADM (10-5, 3-4) is especially dangerous at the top of their lineup, and back-to-back doubles from Kade Overton and Jack O’Brien in the first quickly created a 1-0 Tiger lead. A hit batsman, a walk, RBI-ground out and Perry throwing error made it 3-0 before Perry starter Kyle Nevitt recorded a strikeout to stop the surge.
Kaleb Olejniczak was hit by a pitch with two outs and bases loaded in the top of the second to plate the first Perry run of the game, but the Jays left the bags full. Two runners were stranded in the third as well, but RBI-singles from Olejniczak and Janier Puente tied the game at 3-all in the top of the third.
The Tigers had two runners aboard in the second and fourth, and one in the third, but Nevitt worked around danger to keep the guests in the game.
The lid came off the Perry offense in the fifth when Brandon Kenyon singled to start a rally. Austin Carpenter drew a one-out walk, with Justin Stammer coming through with a key two-out, two-run base hit for a 5-3 Bluejay lead.
ADM self-destructed at that point, as consecutive errors and an intentional walk loaded the bases with the score 6-3. Adan Medina singled in a run, with Kenyon lifting a long fly almost to the wall in center field, where the defender lost the ball in the lights. It dropped a few feet from his position, allowing Kenyon to stroll into second as all three Perry runners crossed the dish for a 10-3 lead.
Carpenter took over for Nevitt in the fifth and provided two sharp innings of relief. He allowed one hit and struck out two in a non-save appearance.
ADM had turned to Logan Crannell to end the fifth. The fourth pitcher used by the Tigers, Crannell had been tough on the Jays in an 11-6 ADM earlier this month, but Perry earned a measure of revenge Wednesday, scoring five runs on four hits and two walks, with Crannell striking out three.
Nick Dufoe had started for ADM, throwing three innings and being touched for a run on two hits, four walks and a hit batter. He struck out one. Cody Osgood relieved and was tagged with the loss after hurling 1-1/3 innings in which Perry scored three unearned runs on three hits against one strikeout. Cameron Wyett struck out one, allowing six runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks.
Nevitt picked up the win on the mound, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits. He hit one batter, walked four and struck out four.
Olejniczak was on base on four of his five plate appearances. He had two hits and two RBIs and scored three times, with Adan Medina providing a RBI-single in the fifth and three-run double in the sixth. Kenyon, Puente and Aaron Lockwood all had two singles apiece to aid the winning cause.
Perry kicks off four consecutive games at Progressive Field with a visit from Class 4A No. 8 Saydel tonight. Winterset visits Monday, Carroll Wednesday and Boone Thursday, with Perry traveling to Knoxville June 23.