Pella plants lopsided loss on visiting Perry

Often unnoticed -- and that is their goal -- the job of umpires, referees or game officials is often thankless. However, on the rare occasions they become the focus of a story, they should not be immune from criticism.

PELLA — The Little Dutch were unfriendly hosts Monday — at least on the baseball diamond — as they turned the Bluejays away with an 11-1 win in five innings.

Pella (21-15) trailed, 1-0, after Perry (7-19) scored their lone run of the game in the top of the second. An eight-run third shot the hosts into the lead, with two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth ending the contest early.

Kyle Nevitt threw 2-2/3 innings, yieldign five runs on just two hits but five walks. Austin Carpenter allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits in 2-1/3 innings, walking four. Nevitt tallied five strikeouts and Carpenter one.

Alexis Garrido and Nevitt had two singles apiece, with Janier Puente hitting a single and a double. Brandon Kenyon and Aaron Lockwood also had hits, with Kenyon stealing a base and scoring while Garrido also swiped a base.

Despite eight hits in five innings Perry was held to just the one run, the 11th time this season the Bluejays have scored two runs or less in a game.

Ben Akers scattered the eight hits and struck out one in collecting the victory on the hill.

Tyler Hillman had a single and a double, Landon Vander Leest and single and a triple and Caleb Piersma two singles for the hosts. Vander Leest drove in three runs and Hillman and Piersma two each, with the trio each scoring twice.

Perry will conclude their regular season with a Raccoon River Conference contest at Winterset tonight. The Bluejays face Boone at 5 p.m. Friday at North Polk in their postseason opener.


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