Jayettes dominate competition to win tourney title

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Smiles were everywhere Saturday after the Jayettes won the Decorah Tournament. Champions included, front row from left, Jo Diw, Maddy Jans and Victoria Hegstrom; middle from left, Jayden Whitney, Gabby West, Sid Vancil and Brooke Huntington; back from left, Alyssa Kruger, Emma Olejniczak, Rachel Kinney, Maddie West and Adriana Eastman. Photo contributed.

DECORAH — Perry’s pitching silenced the opposition Saturday, with Perry’s bats pummeling their foes into submission as the Jayettes claimed the Decorah Tournament with a 3-0 mark. Perry (18-10) outscored the opponents by a combined 33-1 in 17 total innings.

Perry opened with an 11-1 win over Waukon in five innings before ripping Class 1A No. 3 Kee High, 10-0, in six innings. That set up a title game with host Decorah, who proved no match for Perry and fell, 12-0, in six frames to the red-hot Jayettes.

The Perry battery of junior pitcher Emma Olejniczak and junior catcher Brooke Huntington were both named to the All-Tourney team. Olejniczak was spectacular off the rubber, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out 26 in tossing a shutout against Kee and a no-hitter against Decorah while Huntington was 6-for-10 at the dish with a double and three RBIs,

“The girls really hit well and did a great job of transferring from practice this week,” a proud head coach Tina Kenney happily related. “Our pitchers threw great, too. The team had a lot of fun!”

Jo Diw scored twice and drove in a run in the title game, with Sid Vancil hitting a single and a double while stealing a base and driving in three while Alyssa Kruger had two doubles a steal and three RBIs. Rachel Kinney and Olejniczak each had two steals with Jayden Whitney scoring a run.

Olejniczak was at the top of her game, blanking her foes and issuing one walk while allowing no hits and sitting 14 players (out of 18 outs recorded) down on strikes.

She was coming off a 12-strikeout, two-hit, one-hit shutout of highly-regarded Kee High and has surpassed 200 strikeouts for the season.

Kruger doubled home Diw as Perry went in front, 1-0, in the first. A two-run Vancil double, a two-run Huntington single and RBIs from Kinney and Maddie West pushed Perry into a 7-0 lead after three frames en route to the win.

Diw had two doubles and scored four times with Vancil and Kruger both hitting a single and a double and stealing one base. Kruger had two RBIs and Vancil one.

Huntington was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, with Maddie West hitting in a run and Kinney two.

Vancil pitched the opener, surrendering one run on three hits and two walks. She struck out four in five innings.

Both Diw and Olejniczak finished with inside-the-park home runs, with the latter also hitting a triple. Kruger was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs to help lead the Jayette onslaught.

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