Eight-run third inning carries Jayettes past Comets

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Perry junior Emma Olejniczak fires a pitch during a non-conference game with North Polk at the PAC Tuesday. Victoria Hegstrom (rear) was in center field for the Jayettes.

For the second game in as many days the Perry softball team’s offense was red hot, with the result consecutive five-inning victories.

One day after a 12-0 whipping of Des Moines Christian, Perry posted an 11-1 win over North Polk in the home opener at the PAC Tuesday.

The Comets landed the first blow when junior Rebecca Andersen crunched a two-out pitch in the first inning well over the left field fence for a 1-0 lead.

That was the hiccup for Jayette starter Emma Olejniczak, who allowed only a pair of harmless singles the rest of the way in collecting the win off the rubber. She struck out seven while walking none, although she herself drew walks in each of her four trips to the plate.

Perry erupted in the bottom of the third, scoring eight times on three hits, five walks and an error.

Maddy Jans began the outburst by reaching on an infield error, then had the luxury of trotting home when Jo Diw sent a monstrous blast high over the scoreboard for one of the longest rips by a Jayette on their home diamond.

Walks to Olejniczak and Alyssa Kruger and, after a ground out, a free pass to Victoria Hegstrom loaded the bases and chased starter Bailey Houghman for Olivia Patterson.

She was greeted by a two-run single from Sid Vancil, with a Brooke Huntington hit, a walk to Jans, a RBI single from Diw and a bases-loaded walk to Olejniczak pushing Perry to an 8-1 lead.

The hosts ended the game in the fifth, with a sacrifice fly from Rachel Kinney, a Diw single and an infield error with Hegstrom batting plating the runs necessary to invoke the mercy rule.

Diw was 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the hosts, with Kinney, Vancil and Huntington adding base hits.

Perry hosts Winterset tonight, with a trip to Norwalk on tap for Friday.

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