Postseason honors awarded to three Bluejays

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Perry Will Whiton fires to battery-mate Zach Roberts in the first inning of a Class 3A District 4 battle against Webster City in Boone Friday. Kyle Nevitt (at rear) was in center field for the Bluejays. All three were recently named all-conference by the Raccoon River Conference.

Perry senior Will Whiton was named to the Class 3A Central All-District First Team in recent voting by area coaches, with Whiton also named to the All-Raccoon River Conference First Team.

Teammates Zach Roberts and Kyle Nevitt were also noted by the RRC as each was selected as an Honorable Mention pick.

Whiton, a two-time INA All-State selection, hit 30-of-81 (.371) for the Bluejays, with seven doubles, three home runs and 24 RBIs from his lead-off spot in the lineup. The speedster scored 32 runs, was 33-of-35 in stolen base attempts, and drew 16 walks while being hit by six pitches to help generate an on-base percentage of .510. He finished with a .575 slugging percentage.

On the mound the southpaw was 6-2 with two saves and an ERA of 1.43. He yielded 21 runs (11 earned) on 33 hits in 52 innings of work. Whiton issued 24 walks while striking out 64 and allowing opposing batters to hit just .141.

Roberts, a senior, was 22-of-84 (.262) at the dish with three doubles and one home run. He drove in 22 runs, scored 12 times and, like Whiton, drew 16 walks while striking out just eight times. Roberts led the team with six sacrifices.

The primary catcher for the past three seasons, Roberts made three starts and two relief appearances on the rubber. He threw a total of 18-1/3 innings and finished 2-1, allowing 16 runs (10 earned) for an ERA of 3.82. Roberts surrendered 18 hits, walked six and struck out 19 while allowing the opposition to hit only .209.

Sophomore lefty Kyle Nevitt started a team-high 10 games, finishing 3-4 in 42 innings with an ERA of 5.29. He allowed 42 runs (33 earned) on 43 hits and 31 walks while striking out 24. Opposing batters hit .201 against Nevitt.

Nevitt joined Whiton as the only Perry players to hit better than .300, as he was 29-of-90 (.322) with five doubles and 12 RBIs. He scored 12 runs and had an OBP of .376.

Perry finished 15-16 overall and 6-8 in RRC play. The season was the 38th for veteran skipper Mike Long, whose career mark (all at Perry) stands at 693-370 (.652).

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