ROLAND — The bus carrying the Perry softball team was approximately five minutes from arriving at the Roland-Story Kiwanis Tournament Saturday when the cell phone of Jayette head coach Tina Lutterman brought the news: The rain had washed out the remainder of the games.
Instead of facing Gilbert and Roland-Story, the Jayettes off-loaded at a convenience store, scooped up some snacks and cold drinks, and then spent another hour returning home, leaving the team with an 0-2 tourney mark after a pair of losses Friday.
Perry was playing for the first time with the services of senior Adriana Eastman, who is out for the season with a broken thumb on her throwing (right) hand. She sustained the injury while batting against ADM Wednesday.
South Hamilton (13-6) was an 8-0 winner over Perry (3-15) in the first Jayette game Friday, with Class 1A No. 5 BCLUW (16-8) posting an 11-4 win in Perry’s second outing.
Senior Taylor Volkman handcuffed Perry in their first tussle, striking out 14 and allowing just one hit and no walks in seven innings.
Volkman had four singles and scored twice while at the plate for South Hamilton, with the Hawks receiving a home run for Cortney Hearns.
Peyton Tunink started and pitched three innings for Perry, allowing four runs on three hits and three walks, with Jayna Kenney yielding four runs (three earned) on five hits in three frames of relief. Each Perry pitcher had one strikeout.
A lead-off single from Kenendy Tunink in the top of the sixth inning accounted for the only Perry base runner of the game.
A time limit ended the 11-4 BCLUW win over Perry early.
Kiersten Kruse surrendered four runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks. The Comet hurler struck out two.
Easton Swanson had three hits and four RBIs, with Kruse driving in two runs with a pair of hits to highlight the BCLUW attack.
Peyton Tunink tossed one frame, allowing a hit and two walks, with Kenney walking two and yielding six hits in three innings. Tunink surrendered five runs (one earned) and Kenney six, of which four were earned.
Lydia Olejniczak tripled and reached base on both a walk and catcher’s interference. She scored twice.
Cassidy Heck drove in two runs with a double, with Kenney and Kennedy Tunink each having a single and a RBI while Gabby West provided a single.
Perry hosts Winterset Monday, Carroll Wednesday and Boone Thursday in a trio of Raccoon River Conference contests.