Perry capped off a Region 2-AAAA series sweep of Howard Thursday, with a 10-1 win at home. The Panthers also beat the Huskies 14-2 back on Tuesday and edged them out 7-6 in eight innings back on April 14.
With the win, Perry finished 8-7 in the division (13-15 overall, with a non-region game at Veterans Saturday; first pitch set for noon) and third. (Mary Persons is also 8-7 but the Panthers hold the series edge 2-1 over the Bulldogs.)
Thursday, Perry got on board in the first with a run thanks to Jacob Hunt’s (1-2 with two RBIs) sacrifice fly that brought home Jackson Farrell (1-4 with two runs scored). Farrell had started the inning with a single. He moved to second on John Micah Law’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a passed ball.
After Howard had tied it with a run to start the second, the Panthers began to pull away with five in the bottom half of the inning.
With an out, Andrew Tarrer (1-3 with an RBI) singled. Caleb Battles (1-1) followed with a single and Peyton Sells (0-2) walked to load the bases. Christian Valdivia (1-2 with a walk) then doubled in the first two.
Farrell was hit by a pitch, Law singled and Hunt walked to bring in Valdivia. Bryce Morgan, the hottest hitter on the night – 3-4 with two RBIs – then welcomed a pitching change with an RBI single to right. A double play prevented further damage, but the Panthers still added an insurance run in the fourth and three more for good luck in the sixth. They out-hit Howard 12-3.
Battles earned the win. He threw six strong innings, scattering the hits and striking out one. Clayton Davis also threw an inning – walking one but striking out the side.