WOODWARD — The Perry softball team dropped a 3-2 decision to host Ballard Thursday in as frustrating a fashion as possible, but bounced back to overwhelm Ogden, 9-3, behind a 17-hit onslaught at the Woodward-Granger Classic Friday.
Ogden (5-7) scored twice in the top of the first inning, with Perry countering by scoring twice in the bottom of the frame. A single Bulldog tally in the second created a 3-2 Ogden lead, but Perry scored twice in the third, once in the fourth and then twice more in both the fifth and sixth stanzas to pull away for the victory.
Perry (8-6) was led by Sid Vancil, who was 4-for-4 with three doubles and two RBIs while Victoria Hegstrom was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Rachel Kinney drove in a run and, along with Jo Diw, hit both a single and a double.
Alyssa Kruger and Maddie West were both 2-for-3 with a run driven home, with Brooke Huntington plating two runs on a base hit while Maddy Jans also produced a hit.
Emma Olejniczak yielded three unearned runs on two hits and three walks in collecting the pitching win. She finished with 11 strikeouts.
Kennedy Kruse threw five frames for Ogden, allowing seven runs (four earned) while striking out two. Denali Loecker surrendered two runs on two hits and a walk while fanning three in pitching the sixth inning.
The win came less than 15 hours after Perry had suffered a taxing loss at Raccoon River Conference foe Ballard.
Each team scored once in the sixth, with a Perry run in the seventh giving the Jayettes a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, two Perry errors with two outs already recorded in the bottom of the seventh allowed the Bombers to steal the 3-2 victory.
Perry fell to 2-5 in RRC play with the setback while Ballard moved to 8-6 overall and 3-3 in conference play.
Diw walked and moved up on an Olejniczak bunt before scoring on Kruger’s RBI single to account for the first Perry run. Singles from Huntington and West and a Diw RBI double plated the second Jayette tally.
Perry faces Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln at 12 p.m. on Diamond 2 tomorrow in the second day of the W-G Classic, with a 4 p.m. contest on Diamond 1 against Madrid also on the docket.
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