Bluejays top Tigers, 5-3, in rain-shortened contest

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Perry junior Janier Puente -- seen here from earlier this season -- was sharp against ADM Wednesday, throwing six frames of scoreless, two-hit ball. At right is Bluejay first baseman Austin Carpenter.

ADEL — Friday’s Raccoon River Conference baseball game between Perry and host ADM was called because of weather in the top of the sixth with the Bluejays holding a 5-3 lead, a score that now becomes the official tally from the contest.

Austin Carpenter was on third base and Kaleb Olejniczak on second for the Bluejays with one out in the top of the sixth when the umpires ordered the teams into their dugouts and the tarp placed over the field. After a delay of approximately 30 minutes it was decided to call the game, giving Perry the victory as five full innings had been played.

Perry (2-5, 2-1) scored three times in the top of the second, only to have ADM counter with a run when Kade Overton singles and eventually scored on a balk from Bluejay starter Kyle Nevitt.

The Jays went ahead, 4-1, with a run in the third, butĀ Nevitt walked three, tossed three wild pitches and hit a batter in the bottom of the fourth as the Tigers (2-4, 1-3) closed to within 4-3.

Perry countered with a run in the top of the fifth when Janier Puente ripped a lead-off double, moved to third on an Adan Medina sacrifice bunt and then scored when Alexis Garrido came through with a two-out base hit.

ADM moved a man to third base in the home half of the fifth but could not score, thanks in part to the seventh strikeout of the game recorded by Nevitt.

Carpenter walked to being the sixth, moved up a base on a bunt, and advanced to third when Olejniczak singled. Olejniczak moved to second on an outfield error on the play, with the game called moments later.

Perry will play in the Nodaway Valley tourney in Greenfield Saturday before visiting Carlisle Monday. They return to Progressive Field Tuesday and Wednesday for games against Greene County and Bondurant-Farrar.

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