GILBERT — Perry scored twice in the top of the sixth to trim a 3-0 deficit to one run, and had the tying tally on third base in the seventh inning, but could not plate the runner in suffering a 3-2 loss to Gilbert in non-conference baseball Tuesday.
Gilbert (12-3) scored three run (two earned) off Perry starter Alexis Garrido in bottom of the second but posed little danger otherwise.
Garrido tossed six frames, taking the tough-luck loss after yielding six hits. He walked one batter, hit another with a pitch and recorded one strikeout.
Aaron Lockwood reached on an error and Gavin Boyer drew a walk to start the sixth for the Bluejays (4-10). All hands were safe when Kaleb Olejniczak reached safely on a fielder’s choice and error to load the bases.
Kyle Nevitt grounded out to second base to score Lockwood and move courtesy runner Justin Stammer and Olejniczak up a base. Stammer scored on Janier Puente’s sacrifice fly to left field, but a fly out left Olejniczak stranded and Perry trailing by a run.
Garrido singled with one out and stole second base in the Perry seventh. He moved to third on a ground out, but a pop out to shortstop ended the game in favor of the Tigers.
The Garrido single and an Austin Carpenter base hit early in the game were the only hits allowed by Gilbert starter Ryan Hart, who walked one and struck out one in throwing seven frames.
Perry returns to action tonight at ADM before hosting Class 4A No. 8 Saydel Thursday at Progressive Field.