Perry baseball claims two wins at Nodaway Valley Tourney

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Perry pitcher Alex Long takes a flip from Zach Roberts after a wild pitch and applies the tag in time to nail Kyle Christensen at the plate during an 8-7 Perry win at Carroll June 3. The Bluejays claimed two wins in their annual trip to Greenfield Saturday.

GREENFIELD — Perry improved to 7-2 overall with wins of 6-3 over Iowa Christian Academy and of 3-1 over host Nodaway Valley Saturday.

Zach Roberts stepped from behind the plate and onto the mound in the opening game for Perry, earning the win in four innings of work during which he allowed ICA three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Alex Long tossed three innings of excellent relief, walking two and striking out two while allowing no hits or runs.

Will Whiton doubled and later scored on a Roberts sacrifice fly for a Perry run in the top of the first, with an error, a walk, a squeeze bunt from Kade VanKirk and a RBI-ground out from Janier Puente plating Adan Medina and Kyle Nevitt in the third as the Jays went ahead, 3-0.

Perry offset an ICA run in the bottom of the second with a tally of their own in the third when Whiton walked, stole second and scored on a Blake Lansing RBI-ground out.

The Blazers scored twice in the fourth to close to within 4-3, but Medina singled, stole a base and scored after two wild pitches in the fifth, with Van Kirk singling and eventually scoring on a Puente RBI-ground out in the sixth.

Wes Hall suffered the loss for ICA. He went all seven frames, yielding six runs (three earned) on seven hits and four walks while fanning one.

A run in the top of the first and two in the second were enough to carry the Jays past the host Wolverines in the title game.

Lansing gave Perry just what they needed — innings thrown by just one pitcher — by tossing all seven frames and collecting the win. He allowed one run on six hits and three walks with one strikeout and was tough when needed, helping to strand 11 Wolverines on base.

Nic Wilhelmi singled, swiped second and moved to third on a throwing error, then scored on a Roberts sac fly in Perry’s first at-bat.

Medina doubled and Nevitt reached on an error to set up the Bluejay second. Van Kirk singled Medina home, with Nevitt scoring when Puente grounded out to third.

Nodaway Valley scored once in the bottom of the second but could not find a way to cross the plate after that as Perry slowly captured the win despite recording just four hits off Beau Weinhiemer.

Perry hosts Carlisle Monday, visits Greene County Tuesday and travels to Bondurant-Farrar Wednesday for their next three contests.

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NODAWAY VALLEY TOURNAMENT

at Greenfield, June 6

Game One

PERRY 6, IOWA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 3

Team                      R  H  E

PRY   121 011 0 — 6  7  x

ICA    010 200 0 — 3  3  x

PRY: Roberts (4), Long (3) and Kenyon. ICA: Hall and Lehmann. WP: Roberts. LP: Hall. 2B — PRY: Whiton; ICA: Szymanski.

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Game Two

PERRY 3, NODAWAY VALLEY 1

Team                     R  H  E
PRY   120 000 0 — 3  4  x

NV     010 000 0 — 1  6  x

PRY: Lansing and Roberts. NV: Weinhiemer and Jensen. WP: Lansing. LP; Wienhiemer. 2B — PRY: Medina; NV: Eblen, Sickles. LOB — NV: 11.

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