Perry avenged a 10-2 loss at Progressive Field earlier this month with a 9-8 win over host Bondurant-Farrar in Raccoon River Conference baseball Wednesday. Perry’s win snapped an eight-game winning streak for B-F.
The visiting Bluejays (9-16, 5-7) were off to a fast start thanks to two runs in each of the first two innings and five more in the top of the third. The host Bluejays (18-9, 8-6) answered Perry’s first two runs with two of their own in the first while scoring once in the third to face a 9-3 deficit early in the game.
Two B-F runs in the fourth and again in the fifth closed the gap to 9-7, and while the home team managed to draw to within 9-8 with a tally in the seventh, they could not find a way to tie the contest or claim the win and suffered the loss.
Kyle Nevitt walked and scored on Janier Puente’s home run in the first to account for the first two of Perry’s runs, with Kade VanKirk driving in the third Perry run of the game and Nevitt the fourth in the second at-bat for the guests.
Brandon Kenyon, Aaron Lockwood, Kaleb Olejniczak and Nevitt each had RBIs in the five-run third to give Perry just enough offensive support to eventually record the win.
Puente started for Perry, with Alex Long finishing up on the mound. Official pitching stats from Perry were not available.
Payton Duit was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for B-F, with lead-off hitter Jarrid Clark 2-for-5 with three steals and three runs scored.
Brandon Johnson threw all seven frames in taking the loss on the bump. He yielded nine runs on 10 hits while striking out four.
Friday, June 24
PERRY 5, KNOXVILLE 3
at Progressive Field
Perry was a 5-3 winner over non-conference foe Knoxville in an emotional game that saw a player from each team ejected.
The Panthers held a 1-0 lead when the Bluejays scored five times in the third.
Lockwood walked and Olejniczak singled, with both eventually scoring on passed balls. Nevitt also walked, with Puente launching a monstrous home run to left.
The Perry junior carried his bat halfway down the first base line, then flipped it in a twisting fashion in the direction of the Knoxville dugout, which did not sit well with the Panther players or coaches.
Puente was ejected upon touching the plate by the home plate umpire after strenuous complaints from the Knoxville coaching staff.
The next batter, Adan Medina, was immediately hit with a pitch, with the plate umpire booting Panther catcher Calyn Bumgardner for his comments and actions.
Cooler heads eventually prevailed, as did the Bluejays, who survived a two-run rally from the Panthers in the top of the seventh.
Alexis Garrido went the distance on the mound to collect the win. He yielded three runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out three.
Perry hosts Ballard tonight and visits Grinnell Tuesday.
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