Big hits lift Wildcats past Bluejays in RRC baseball

Perry's Adan Medina drops down a successful suicide squeeze bunt against Carlisle last summer.

Carlisle did what Perry could not do Monday — turn men on base into runs — in a 7-2 Raccoon River Conference victory for the visiting Wildcats.

Host Perry (8-16, 4-7) was first on the Progressive Field scoreboard with a run in their first at-bat.

Kade VanKirk drew a one-out walk, swiped second and moved to third on a Kyle Nevitt base hit. Adan Medina laid down a suicide squeeze bunt which scored VanKirk, as Carlisle pitcher Owen Durham wisely threw to first base for the sure out rather than risk a play at the plate after seeing VanKirk well down the baseline.

A two-out rally led to three runs of Carlisle (20-5, 9-1) in their ensuing at-bat. Matt Rhodes doubled with one out, and after a ground scored when Jensen Mikesell singled. Jordan Pierce tripled to right field, and when the throw to the plate to try and nail Mikesell bounded away from catcher Gavin Boyer, Pierce kept running to cross the plate himself for a 3-1 Wildcat lead.

Rhodes hit a solo home run in the fourth for a 4-1 edge, with a two-run home run from Pierce in the sixth making the score 6-1 before Anthony Hanson hit his second double of the game to plate the final Carlisle run.

By then Perry had squandered several chances. The Bluejays received singles from Alexis Garrido and Brandon Kenyon to start their half of the second inning, but Garrido was thrown out in a rundown after a bunt attempt failed, with miscommunication resulting in Kaleb Olejniczak being thrown out at the plate in the third frame.

Junior Kyle Nevitt started for Perry Monday against Carlisle.
Junior Kyle Nevitt started for Perry Monday against Carlisle.

One out singles from Gavin Boyer and Olejniczak in the fifth went unrewarded after a fly out and a strikeout, with a Medina single, a walk to Alex Long and a Garrido single loading the bases with no outs off reliever Joe Crowley. Crowley uncorked a wild pitch, but Medina and Long held their bases with Garrido — who ran upon seeing the ball get away — thrown out trying to work his way back to first base.

Kenyon walked to re-load the bags and chase Crowley for Nate Mortimer, who slammed the door on any rally when Aaron Lockwood lined out to right field, with Long doubled-off second base to end the inning.

Perry plated a run in the seventh when VanKirk — aboard on a fielder’s choice, raced home from second base on an outfield error, capping the scoring.

Durham went five frames for the win, allowing one run on seven hits and a walk while striking out three. Josh Beener yielded a run on a walk and tallied a strikeout while pitching the seventh inning.

Nevitt went six frames for Perry, surrendering seven runs on seven hits and four walks. He finished with four strikeouts. Long tossed the seventh, allowing a hit but then inducing three consecutive ground outs.

Perry visits Bondurant-Farrar Wednesday before hosting Ballard Thursday.

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