PERRY—Madison senior Alyssa Lavdis struck out 11 and the Blue Streaks picked up a couple of clutch hits in a 3-1 season-opening win at Perry on Saturday.
The Blue Streaks picked up their first run in the third inning and added two more in the fifth to beat the Pirates.
“It was a great game overall,” said Perry coach Joe Medlen. “That’s what you want to face at the beginning of the season and you want to face that at the end of the season. It’s just going to make you better and prepare you for the season coming up.”
Perry’s batters won’t face many pitchers with the power and accuracy of Lavdis, who will continue her education and playing career at the University of Tennessee—Chattanooga, a Division I program.
In addition to her 11 strikeouts, Lavdis walked just two batters and allowed only three hits.
“She’s a great pitcher,” Medlen said. “We had good at-bats but she’s just a powerful pitcher. It was tough but the game will slow down a lot for us after her.”
A first-play error gave Madison a baserunner in scoring position in the top of the first but Perry pitcher Faith Hartman pitched out of that jam.
The Blue Streaks loaded the bases in the second on a walk, single, and a hit batsman, but again, Hartman worked her way out of trouble.
She finished the game having allowed two earned runs on six hits and she struck out six.
Madison broke the scoreless tie in the third when Emilie Blackie hit a one-out double and moved to third on Savannah Patrone’s single. She then scored when Madison Fairbanks singled. Patrone was thrown out at the plate trying to add a second run on the base hit.
Perry tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Emma Pietrzak hit a solo home run to left field.
The Blue Streaks responded with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth.
Blackie hit a 1-1 pitch over the fence in center field and Patrone drew a walk and scored on Lexie Nicholson’s double to left.
Blackie finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Pietrzak led the Pirates with a 2-for-3 day. She scored a run and recorded an RBI.
Gigi Vicini and Lilly Agostine both turned in highlight-reel catches for the Pirates.
Vicini covered a lot of distance in shagging a looping fly ball in short left field and Agostine, who was a shortstop, made a diving catch of a blooper behind third.
“We had an ESPN-type of play from Lilly out there and Gigi came on hard,” Medlen said. “I thought both of those no doubt were going to drop and they both made a tremendous play. We gave them a couple of extra outs but in those innings, we could have folded but we didn’t. They kept battling and got the next out or next pitch. They had that mentality and they did a great job.”