PERRY—Clutch hitting led Perry to a 4-3 win over visiting Archbishop Hoban in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, but the Pirates settled for a split as the Knights got hot and won the second game, 15-4.
“Overall, you always want to come out of a doubleheader with at least a split and we did that,” said Perry coach Joe Medlen. “The thing of it is, you’ve just got to keep the pedal to the metal and turn that second game too and we just really let up. We’ve got to keep on working on that.”
Hoban jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning of the opener.
The Knights hit a leadoff double but Faith Hartman recorded two straight outs before allowing back-to-back home runs.
Perry responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Calli Thompson singled and moved to second on Emma Pietrzak’s groundout. Lilly Agostine then singled and Elle Infalvi doubled to score both runners.
Hoban’s 3-2 lead held up until the bottom of the sixth when the Pirates scored the go-ahead runs.
Rileigh Liddy singled and stole second to start the Perry rally. Emma Webb reached on an error and Hartman walked to load the bases with one out. Hoban took out the lead runner on a fielder’s choice but Pietrzak singled home two runs with two outs to give Perry its first lead.
Hartman, who allowed just three baserunners after the first inning, retired the Knights in order to seal Perry’s first-game win. She allowed three runs on three hits and struck out nine.
“The first game was a great game,” Medlen said. “The second game was good too, but we’ve got to make the routine plays. When you don’t, the scoreboard will reflect that.”
Perry got off to a great start in the second game by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first.
Hartman drew a leadoff walk and moved to third on Pietrzak’s double. Agostine grounded out to score one run and Infalvi singled home the other.
The Knights tied it in the second with two runs on two hits off of starter Mia Ward.
Hoban found its groove in the fifth inning with a leadoff double followed by three straight singles and another double and a walk that chased Ward from the game.
Pietrzak made a diving catch of a line drive and tagged third to double up the runner to minimize the damage but by the time the side was retired, Hoban had taken an 8-2 lead.
The Pirates pulled to within 8-4 after a Pietrzak single and a two-run home run by Agostine but that clutch hit was the last for the Pirates.
Hoban would score seven runs on seven hits, including a pair of doubles, and two walks to close out the scoring.
“The clutch hitting was huge,” Medlen said. “That was a big hit (by Agostine). The error before was a tough error because they scored two runs. That really set us back but Lilly answered right back and got us going again. The clutch hitting is going to continue. They got down a little bit in the second game, they were a little flat, but it was the first doubleheader. We’ll learn from it.”
Pietrzak led the Pirates at the plate as she finished the day 5-for-7 with two doubles and two runs batted in. Infalvi was 4-for-6 with three RBI and Agostine finished 3-for-7 with two runs scored, three RBI, and the home run.
“I told the girls at the beginning of the (postgame) speech I was fired up and by the end, I was already starting to forget about it,” Medlen said. “You have to have a short memory in this game. We’ll get back to work. We’ve got Edgewood, a tough (Chagrin Valley Conference) game and then we go to South. It is what it is. We can’t dwell on it.”