Any time a team receives three doubles, a triple and a home run the odds are good their pitcher has received more than enough help. When two pitchers combine for a no-hitter at the same time, a lopsided victory is usually the result.
Such was the case for the Perry softball team Tuesday, as Emma Olejniczak tossed six no-hit innings, with Sid Vancil tossing a 1-2-3 seventh as the Jayettes (6-5 overall) posted a 9-0 win over Greene County (6-4) in non-conference action at the PAC.
Olejniczak issued four walks but finished with 10 strikeouts while Vancil struck out one of the three batters she faced as Perry received a shutout from the circle.
The offense, it turned out, did all the damage it would need to do in the first inning.
Jo Diw singled to being the frame, scoring on an error with Alyssa Kruger batting. Kruger scored on a Rachel Kinney double for a 2-0 Perry lead.
The margin swelled to 5-0 in the third, with the rally beginning when a walk to Kruger was followed by a Kinney single. Victoria Hegstrom singled Kruger home, with Vancil lacing a double that plated two runs. Vancil, who five RBIs all of 2015, currently leads the team with 13 this season.
Hegstrom turned on a pitch and yanked a line-drive solo home run inside the left field fair pole in the fifth to increase the Perry advantage to 6-0.
Diw singled and Olejniczak walked as Perry began a two-out rally in the bottom of the sixth. Kruger’s double drove Diw and courtesy runner Adriana Eastman home, with Kinney’s ringing triple to right-center scoring Kruger for the final Jayette run.
Kinney has been swinging a torrid bat this season. She entered Monday’s game at Carlisle batting .567 and has likely raised her average above the .575 mark after the past two games.
Perry hosts Bondurant-Farrar tonight before visiting Ballard Thursday.
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