Late blast carries Warriors over visiting Jayettes

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Emma Olejniczak throws her first pitch at home Tuesday. Perry play two ranked teams in a three-day stretch next week.

NORWALK — Taylor Goode’s two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth catapulted host Norwalk to a 3-2 win over Perry in non-conference softball Friday.

Perry (2-2) was on the board early with a pair of runs in the top of the first.

Jo Diw walked to start the rally, with Emma Olejniczak reaching on an error. An Alyssa Kruger RBI-single followed, as did a base hit from Rachel Kinney. Kruger later scored on a passed ball to give Perry a 2-0 lead.

Norwalk (2-2) countered with a single tally in the bottom of the fourth, with Goode’s dramatic blast allowing Perry just three outs in which to at least tie the game, but the Jayettes were unable to scratch out a run and suffered the loss.

“We played really tough defense,” Perry head coach Tina Kenney said. “They had the bases loaded and we worked through it, which shows me we’ve gained confidence at our positions and as a team.”

Kruger and Kinney each had two hits for Perry, with Diw adding a fifth-inning double, but that was all the offense the visitors could muster.

“We struck out 12 times,” Kenney said. “You can’t score runs without getting on base.”

Olejniczak went the distance in the circle, yielding three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two.

Perry returns to Raccoon River Conference play next week when they visit No. 3 ADM Tuesday before hosting Carroll Wednesday and No. 12 Boone Thursday.

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