WOODWARD — The Perry girls played a pair of 2-1 games Friday in the first of two days at the annual W-G Classic. Perry tossed a combined no-hitter to top Madrid in their first game, then dropped a tough battle with Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln in nine frames in a tussle in which neither team was able to score until the international rule was utilized in the eighth inning.
In other Friday games, it was Pleasantville 10, W-G 0 (6); Winterset 5, Council Bluffs Lewis Central 3; Ogden 7, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 2; Winterset 10, Madrid 0 (5); Ogden 2, Pleasantville 1 and CBLC 4, W-G 3.
Perry opened play with a 10 a.m. game against Madrid. Johanna Diw put the Jayettes in front by reaching on a first inning single, moving up on a sacrifice from Emma Olejniczak and a ground out from Victoria Hegstrom and racing home on a passed ball.
Katelyn Whelchel walked in the third, and scored after three consecutive walks forced the run in.
Olejniczak was lifted after four frames for Sidney Vancil, who walked one batter and struck out another but was hamstrung by a pair of errors that allowed a Tiger run to cross the plate.
Olejniczak returned to toss two hitless, scoreless frames to end the game, thus earning the win and combining with Vancil for a no-hitter. The Perry starter went a total of six frames, walking three and striking otu 10.
According to the National Federation of High Schools and the NCAA, Olejniczak, while normally meeting the criteria for a save, is not credited with the save as she was also the winning pitcher, which takes precedence.
Perry had only three hits of their own in the game, with Rachel Kinney and Alyssa Kruger joining Diw in hitting singles.
Olejniczak was nearly as impressive in Perry’s 4 p.m. tussle with Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln. She went 8.1 innings, yielding just three hits, one walk and one hit batsman while tallying 13 strikeouts.
Her counterpart for the Lynx, Lauren Nahnsen, allowed five hits and a walk while striking out three in nine innings.
Neither team could unshackle their offense, with an interference call and a double-play erasing Perry opportunities in the first and second innings, respectively, while Olejniczak allowed only four runners to reach base in the first seven frames.
Perry started the top of the eighth with the teams using the so-called “international rule” in which the batter who made the last out in the prior inning begins the next stanza on second base.
For the Jayettes that meant having Sidney Vancil two spaces from the plate in the top of the eighth. Brooke Huntington’s sacrifice bunt moved Vancil to third, from where she scored one out later on a Johanna Diw single to center field. Olejniczak reached on an error to put runners on the corners, but a strikeout ended the stanza.
The Lynx tied the game at 1-all when Riley Fichter moved to third on wild pitch, with an errant throw — the only defensive miscue of the game for the Jayettes — allowing Fichter to scamper home.
A one-out error with Alyssa Kruger batting put two Perry runners aboard in the ninth, with a walk to Katelyn Whelchel loading the bags. Nahnsen then induce to pop outs in the infield to escape the serious threat.
The Lynx won when Nahnsen doubled to right-center with one out to plate Kaylyn Damgaard with the winning run.
Diw had two singles and a RBI for the Jayettes, with Whelchel, Huntington and Rachel Kinney adding the other hits while Damgaard and Merecedes Hart added singles for the Lynx.
Perry will face Council Bluffs Lewis Central on Field 1 at 12 p.m. today before meeting host W-G at 4 p.m.
at Woodward, June 12
PERRY 2, MADRID 1
Team R H E
PRY 101 000 0 — 2 3 x
MAD 000 010 0 — 1 0 x
PRY: Olejniczak (6), Vancil (1) and Huntington. WP: Olejniczak.
COUNCIL BLUFFS ABRAHAM LINCOLN 2, PERRY 1 (9)
at Woodward, June 12
Team R H E
PRY 000 000 010 — 1 5 1
AL 000 000 011 — 2 3 3
PRY: Olejniczak and Huntington. AL: Nahnsen and Sapienza. WP: Nahnsen. LP: Olejniczak. 2B — AL: Nahnsen. LOB — PRY: 9; AL: 4.