Perry senior Sydney Moon pounded out four hits in Perry’s 15-6 win over visiting Lakeside on Tuesday.
Moon’s third hit of the day—a sixth-inning double—marked the 100th base hit of her career.
“To be honest, I didn’t even know I reached that milestone today,” said Moon, who finished the day 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three runs batted in.
Moon’s big day helped the Pirates erase a 3-0 first-inning deficit to keep alive their streak of 61 consecutive Chagrin Valley Conference victories.
“Today, we allowed Lakeside to jump out in front yet again, but as it seems we have been doing lately, just reiterating to the girls it’s a long game,” said Perry coach Joe Medlen. “I’m very proud of the girls how they continue to fight and claw their way back.”
The Dragons struck quickly as Sidney Griffith tripled to lead off the game and Nicole Lemponen was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners with one out. Naomi Cruz then hit a two-out home run to give the Dragons a 3-0 lead.
Perry got two runs back in the bottom of the second when Lilly Agostine hit a leadoff single and Gigi Vicini homered to right.
Lakeside pushed its lead to 4-2 in the top of the third when Maddy McCrone singled and scored on an error but Perry responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning and two more in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead.
Elle Infalvi and Agostine both drew walks and Vicini singled to load the bases with two outs in the third. Rileigh Liddy then singled home two runs to tie the game at 4-4.
Faith Hartman hit a one-out single in the fourth and Moon left the yard two batters later to give Perry its first lead.
“The pitch I saw was down the middle of the plate,” Moon said. “When the ball left my bat, I didn’t think I got the whole ball and I thought it was a pop-up.”
Lakeside tied the game with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Cruz singled and scored on an error in the fifth and Griffith hit a solo shot in the sixth to tie the game at 6-6.
The Pirates broke open the game with nine runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Hartman and Infalvi both singled to start the rally and Moon doubled home one run. Emma Pietrzak hit an RBI single to give the Pirates an 8-6 lead and Moon scored on an error to make it 9-6. Agostine and Vicini drew back-to-back walks and Liddy was hit by a pitch. Calli Thompson then walked and Emma Webb doubled to make it 13-6. The Pirates added two more runs on groundouts to close out the scoring.
“Again, for the second game in a row, our bottom of the lineup produced,” Medlen said. “Rileigh Liddy had a big hit along with Sydney’s and Gianna Vicini’s home runs were all in big situations in the game. Our hitting is starting to finally get locked in and believe we have a ways to go, but I see us heading in the right direction for sure.”
Moon led the Pirates with four hits while Hartman, Pietrzak, Vicini, and Liddy each finished the day with two.
Hartman also struck out 10 in collecting the pitching victory.
“I cannot say enough good things about Faith Hartman on the mound as she bends but never breaks and knows the girls have her back,” Medlen said.
With the win, Perry extended its conference winning streak to 61 games over five seasons.
“We don’t worry about the streak,” Moon said. “We focus on winning one inning at a time. When they scored the three runs in the first inning, we knew that there was plenty game left to come back.”
Perry hosts Walsh Jesuit on Wednesday.