AKRON—Perry opened the weekend at Firestone Stadium with a 2-1 extra-inning loss to Crestwood on Saturday. The Pirates closed it with a pair of dominating wins over Peebles and Solon.
The Pirates bounced back from Saturday’s loss to Crestwood with a 10-5 win over Peebles in the nightcap on Saturday and then beat the Comets on Sunday, 10-4.
“We finally got it going in the second game (on Saturday) and then again today,” said Perry coach Joe Medlen. “(Our hitting) started yesterday in the second game. The first game, we did fine but hats off to the pitcher for Crestwood, she shut us down for nine innings.”
Perry managed just three hits off of Crestwood junior Mikayla Berquist on Saturday in a rematch of a 2019 regional semifinal won by Crestwood, 6-1.
The Pirates scored three runs in the first inning against Peebles and went on to collect 11 hits in that win including doubles by Faith Hartman and Emma Pietrzak and a triple from Sydney Moon. Lilly Agostine also hit a home run in that game.
Moon stayed hot on Sunday as she collected four hits against Solon, including a double, and Gianna Vicini finished with three.
Calli Thompson’s first career home run, a solo shot, sparked an eight-run third inning for the Pirates.
“We had a big bomb by Calli,” Medlen said. “She’s the hardest-working kid on the team by far. She never takes a day off, and I know I’ve said that about a lot of our girls, but hard works pay off. It takes time and you have to be patient and I tell her that all the time. She’s only a freshman so she’s got a lot of years ahead of her to have some fun.”
The Pirates manufactured a run with two outs in the top of the first inning against Solon.
Moon hit a two-out single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Agostine then singled her home for a short-lived 1-0 lead.
Solon scored a run in the bottom half of the inning on a double steal.
Thompson’s homer ignited the Perry offense in the third.
Moon followed with a single and Hartman singled to put runners on first and third with one out. Pietrzak’s sacrifice fly gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead and Vicini hit an RBI single to make it 4-1. Emma Webb then walked and Mia Ward singled to load the bases for Elle Infalvi, who singled home two runs. Thompson followed with a two-run single, her second hit of the inning, and Moon doubled to close out the rally.
Vicini added an RBI single in the sixth.
“It was fun to see them start hitting,” Medlen said. “We got 22 some runs in the last two games and that’s what we want to see going into the playoffs.”
Solon scored on an unearned run in the sixth and added a pair of runs in the seventh inning after Hartman was drilled in the leg by a line drive off the bat of the Comets’ first batter of the inning.
Hartman remained in the game but gave up a triple to the next batter and that runner scored on an error.
She allowed two earned runs on six hits and struck out seven. She now has 102 strikeouts on the year.
“That’s an incredible feat because she’s not a strikeout pitcher,” Medlen said. “She’s a heck of a pitcher. She’s a spot pitcher, that’s what she is. She has to be patient and hit her spots and she does very well.”
Perry hosts Grand Valley on Tuesday.