Winterset uses seven-run fifth to top Perry girls

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Perry sophomore Alyssa Kruger crunched this first inning pitch, which, unfortunately, blazed directly into the glove of the North Polk shortstop in Tuesday's game.

Winterset sent 13 batters to the plate and scored seven runs in the top of the fifth inning to blow open a tight game en route to a 10-3 win over host Perry in Raccoon River Conference softball Wednesday.

The Huskies plated a run in the top of the third, put the Jayettes (2-1, 0-1) countered in the bottom of the frame when Brooke Huntington singled, with the run scoring later in the stanza on an error.

Winterset added a single tally in the fourth to grab a 2-1 lead, then erupted offensively for a seven-spot in the fifth and a 9-1 lead. A run in the sixth made it 10-1, but Perry refused to sulk and go away.

Rachel Kinney tripled in the bottom of the seventh and scored moments later when Victoria Hegstrom peppered the upper right corner of the scoreboard with a blast that left the park in haste.

Regan Thompson collected the win, allowing three runs on four hits while walking one and striking out nine for the guests. She was aided at the plate by standout Macy Johnson, who was 4-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs while Annie Barker had a pair of run-scoring doubles.

Emma Olejniczak was handed the loss after yielding 10 runs (nine earned) on 12 hits. She walked five batters and finished with nine strikeouts.

Perry is at Norwalk Friday and ADM Tuesday before hosting Carroll June 1 and Boone June 2.

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