Saydel wins slugfest over Perry in non-conference baseball

From left, the Bluejay starting lineup June 17 in Adel as number nine hitter Alex Long is introduced: Will Whiton (10), Nic Wilhelmi, Zach Roberts, Blake Lansing (6), Adan Medina (5), Kyle Nevitt (35), Kade Van Kirk (11) and Janier Puente. Perry will begin postseason play at 5 p.m. Friday in Boone when they meet Webster City for a Class 3A District 14 Semifinal.

Perry managed to turn four hits into eight runs Thursday, but Saydel was able to score 11 runs on 10 hits to claim an 11-8 win at Progressive Field.

The Bluejays were the recipients of 13 walks, with the free passes helping to add fuel to the few sparks the Perry bats were able to ignite.

Will Whiton walked, stole second and scored on a Zach Roberts base hit for a Perry run in the first inning, with the scenario exactly duplicated in the sixth inning. Between those two sets of action the Eagles had scored nine runs — after a tally in the top of the first — and Perry five runs.

Saydel broke the 1-all tie with four runs on three hits and and two Bluejay errors in the top of the fourth to grab a 5-1 lead, but Perry went ahead, 6-5, after crossing the plate five times in their half of the fourth.

The rally started when Blake Lansing and Adan Medina walked. Kyle Nevitt doubled home a run, with Medina scoring on a wild pitch. Kade VanKirk and Janier Puente each walked to load the bases, with a successful sacrifice squeeze bunt from Alex Long and a Whiton sac fly driving each driving in a run. The final tally of the inning came when Lansing — batting for the second time in the stanza — drew a bases-loaded walk.

Saydel wasted little time in responding, using a pair of hits, a pair of walks and a pair of Perry errors to score five times and seize a 10-6 advantage.

The second of the Whiton walk-steal-score-on-a-Roberts-hit displays made it 10-7, but Dylan Coffin hit a solo home run for the Eagles in the seventh to push the lead to 11-7.

Nevitt walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh for the eighth Perry run, but the Jays could come no closer in suffering the loss.

Puente added a single to the two hits from Roberts and the Nevitt double to account for the Perry offense.

Nevitt started and spent 4-1/3 innings on the hill. He yielded seven runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out two. Long took the loss in 2-2/3 innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks while fanning one.

Devin Porter lasted three frames for the Eagles, surrendering six runs on six walks and three hits, with Brandon Reese earning the win in three innings of relief. He allowed two runs on one hit and walked seven. Cole Riddleberger faced three batters, striking out two, to earn the save. Reese had three strikeouts and Porter one.



at Progressive Field, June 18

Team                      R  H  E

SAY   100 450 1 — 11 10 1

PRY   100 501 1 —  8  4  4

SAY: Porter (3), Reese (3), Riddleberger (1) and n/a. PRY: Nevitt (4.1), Long (2.2) and Roberts. WP: Reese. LP: Long. S: Riddleberger. 2B — SAY: Garrison; PRY: Nevitt. HR — SAY: Coffin. LOB — SAY: 8; PRY: 9.


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