DALLAS CENTER — Perry got off to the fast start they had hoped for Friday, but host DC-G was able to rally from an early 3-0 deficit to claim a 6-3 win in their Class 3A District 14 Semifinal.
DC-G (17-14) will host Carlisle (29-6)Monday in the District 14 Finals. The Wildcats blitzed ADM (3-29), 10-0, in six innings in Friday’s first game.
The Bluejays (11-20) were their own worst enemy Friday, having two runners tagged out at the plate in the second inning and then allowing DC-G to draw five walks in a nine-batter stretch over two innings, four of whom scored.
Perry struck early, with Kade VanKirk drawing a lead-off walk and moving to second on a Kyle Nevitt base hit. A double-play threatened to snuff the rally, but Adan Medina singled VanKirk home. Medina then stole second base, but was left stranded on a pop out.
The Jays will likely look back at the second inning and wonder what could have been, as the team scored two runs, but only after having the first two outs of the inning made at the plate.
Alexis Garrido reached on an error to start the surge, then swiped second. He moved to third on a Brandon Kenyon hit, but was later thrown out at the plate trying to score when Gavin Boyer hit a ball back to DC-G pitcher Brady Brecht.
Kaleb Olejniczak followed by singling to center. Kenyon had to hold up at second to be sure the ball would fall in, then was forced to sprint madly toward third base, with the throw to force him out bouncing free. Kenyon scrambled to his feet and raced toward home, put was tagged out an a bang-bang call.
VanKirk worked a two-out walk to load the bases, with Nevitt singling home both courtesy runner Aaron Lockwood (on for catcher Boyer) and Olejniczak before a ground out ended the inning with Perry holding a 3-0 lead.
Two walks to start the bottom of the inning gave DC-G life, but a strikeout after a sacrifice bunt nearly silenced the rally. A third walk loaded the bags, with Callen Bertrand’s dying-quail blooper landing just beyond the mound in no-man’s land to score a run. A passed ball plated another before Nevitt recorded a strikeout to leave the Jays in front, 3-2.
The Perry offense went into the deep freeze after the second inning, with a two-out walk to Janier Puente and a follow-up single from Medina accounting for the only two Jays to reach base in the final five innings.
DC-G had taken the lead in the third inning, which started exactly as the second with two walks and a sacrifice bunt putting runners on second and third with one out. A wild pitch allowed one run to score, with a one-out single from Jack Duey and a two-out single from Brandon Risius giving the hosts a 5-3 lead.
That chased Nevitt, who yielded five runs on five walks and three hits in three innings. Of the nine outs recorded while the southpaw was on the mound, three came on sacrifice bunts and the other six on strikeouts.
Puente tossed three frames of relief and was tagged for an unearned run in the fourth as the Mustangs moved to a 6-3 lead. The junior finished with four strikeouts while allowing three hits in his three frames on the rubber.
Brady Brecht went all seven frames on the bump to collect the win for DC-G. He surrendered three runs on three walks and six hits with a strikeout.
Nevitt had two hits and two RBIs for Perry, with Medina adding two hits and driving in a run while Olejncizak and Kenyon also provided singles.
The contest was the final prep appearance for seniors Kade VanKirk and Alex Long.
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