WINTERSET — Wednesday’s Raccoon River Conference contest between Perry and host Winterset was postponed to a mid-afternoon clash Thursday, and it was the hosts who would celebrate victory in the delayed meeting.
Leading 4-3 after two frames, the Huskies (14-16, 5-9) tacked on two runs in the third inning and another in the fourth to create a 7-3 gap. The margin grew to 11-3 after a four-run fifth, with two tallies in the bottom of the sixth ending the game early.
Winterset had 15 hits in the win, but it was self-inflicted wounds, in the form of five errors, that proved most deadly to Perry (7-20, 5-9). The miscues allowed innings to continue, permitting the hosts to avoid stranding runners and yielding seven unearned runs.
Perry was on the board first, with Kaleb Olejniczak drawing a lead-off walk, stealing second base and sprinting home on a Kyle Nevitt base hit. Brandon Kenyon stroked a two-out double later in the stanza but was stranded.
A walk, three singles, an untimely error and two run-scoring sacrifice fly outs combined to allow four Huskies to score in the bottom of the frame.
The Jays countered and closed to within 4-3 when Austin Carpenter was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a passed ball to start a second-inning rally. Aaron Lockwood singled, with a Husky error and an Olejniczak RBI-ground out sending two Perry players home.
Two Perry misplays, a walk and a base hit allowed Winterset to counter with two runs of their own in the third, with two doubles, three singles and a devastating two-out error granting the hosts four runs in the fifth inning.
That chased Bluejay starter Alexis Garrido, who allowed 11 runs (four earned) on 12 hits and four walks in five innings on the hill. Adan Medina retired two batters, but surrendered two runs on three hits and a walk as the game ended early.
Nevitt finished with two hits and a RBI, with Olejniczak walking, singling, stealing a bag and driving in a run while while Janier Puente hit a triple. Kenyon had a single and a double and Lockwood a base hit, with Carpenter twice hit by a pitch.
Cole Witt gained the pitching win. He surrendered three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk in six innings on the mound. He plunked Carpenter twice and finished with two strikeouts.
Witt had a pair of singles to aid his own chances, with Casey Young tallying a single and a double while Tolik Bartz had two singles and twice reached on errors. Tanner Marquardt’s three singles and a single and a triple form Jacob Dick helped power the Husky attack.
Perry faces Boone (19-10) at 5 p.m. Friday at North Polk in a Class 3A District 14 Semifinal. The winner returns to Alleman Monday for a 7 p.m. game against the winner of Friday’s nightcap between DC-G (10-20) and the host Comets (24-8).
The Substate 7 Final will be played in Norwalk Wednesday at 7 p.m. Winterset (14-16) faces Bondurant-Farrar (18-15) and host Norwalk (13-22) battles Carlisle (26-9) in the District 13 bracket.