The Perry baseball team won their opening game in the annual Bluejay Tournament by 10 runs, only to lose their second contest by 21 runs.
Why such a widespread difference? Davenport Assumption Catholic.
The Knights (20-3) were 6-3 winners over a good Sergeant Bluff-Luton (17-4) squad in their semifinal, before exploding for 25 runs on 22 hits against Perry (6-13). Assumption would have won, 9-0, but a three-run throwing error and a missed base on a three-run home run helped make the score closer.
Assumption plated 11 runs in their first at-bat, then added two runs in the second, eight in the third and four in the fourth while Perry scored twice in the second and twice again in the fourth.
Trenton Wallace had a double, a grand slam and six RBIs for Assumption, with Connor Lindaman hitting three singles, a double and a home run while driving in three runs. The Knights finished with 12 singles, seven doubles and three homers.
Perry had advanced by defeating Greene County, 13-3, in six innings in the first semifinal.
Kyle Nevitt was 3-for-4 with a RBI while earning the win on the mound. Janier Puente — who homered against Assumption — was 2-for-3 with a double, a RBI and a run scored.
Adan Medina was 3-for-4 with four runs scored, four stolen bases and a RBI, with Alex Long and Alexis Garrido both 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored apiece while Kaleb Olejniczak drove in a run and scored twice. Courtesy runner Connor Kenyon scored three times while taking Nevitt’s place on the bases.
SB-L defeated Greene County, 9-4, in the consolation game.
Perry returns to action Monday with a trip to Raccoon River Conference opponent Winterset.
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