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BE softball drops one, but wins two Saturday

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Softball

By Mike Farner

  MOUNT WASHINGTON – The Bullitt East Lady Chargers lost for the first time this season on Wednesday, but the team’s hot start continued on Saturday as the red and gold beat two strong foes.

That action left Bullitt East with a 5-1 record after the first two weeks of the regular season.

The team’s first loss of the season came on Wednesday as they dropped a home game to Seventh Region power Ballard 7-5. The win came a day after Ballard had opened its season with a 5-0 victory over Bullitt Central.

Ballard took advantage of eight Bullitt East errors to lead 6-0 after scoring twice in the top of the fifth inning. The Lady Chargers then rallied with five runs in the bottom of the frame, but could get no closer.

Ballard collected seven hits in the game off Bullitt East junior pitcher Morgan Raymer. The difference came in the field where the Lady Chargers could not field the ball cleanly. Raymer hurt herself with two errors and the infield made five other errors.

At the plate, Bullitt East collected just two hits off two Ballard pitchers. The Lady Chargers were helped by five walks, but the red and gold did strike out 12 times.

The two hits were singles by Kelsey Gravens and Lindsey Renniesen.

Raymer suffered the loss as she worked seven innings. Only three of the runs were earned. Ballard finished with seven hits and Raymer did walk four and she hit a batter.

The first game of the round-robin event on Saturday was no trouble for the Lady Chargers as they beat Paul Dunbar High School 13-4. The Lady Chargers trailed 2-1 after the top of the second, but then blew the game open with six runs in the bottom of the inning and they never looked back.

Raymer got the win on the mound as she worked seven innings. The junior allowed only four hits and only two of the four runs were earned. Raymer struck out ten and walked three and did give up a home run.

At the plate, Bullitt East pounded out 15 hits including four by Raymer and three each from Nikki Hinkley and Jessica Hanna. Raymer drove home six of the runs as she had a home run and a pair of doubles. Bri Hare also had a home run while Taylor Alvey, Grayson Gasser and Kaitlyn Scott added doubles.

In the second game on Saturday, Bullitt East rallied to beat visiting Allen County-Scottsville 4-2. Allen County scored twice in the top of the fifth inning only to have Bullitt East get a grand slam from Alvey to score all four runs they needed in the sixth inning.

Bullitt East sophomore pitcher Loren Roby picked up her second win of the season as she worked all seven innings. Roby allowed just four hits and only one of the two runs was earned. Roby struck out seven and walked three without hitting a batter.

Bullitt East had 11 hits in the win. Hare reached on a single early in the sixth inning and she moved up a walk to Erin Salyer before lead-off hitter Hinkley reached on an error. After an out, Alvey blasted her grand slam.

Of the 11 hits, three hits each came off the bats of Alvey and Gravens while both Raymer and Shelby Harris had two hits. Both Gravens and Harris had doubles in the win.

That action left Bullitt East with a 5-1 record with one more week remaining before the team heads to Florida for spring break. The Lady Chargers are scheduled to play a visiting team from Wisconsin on Wednesday and then travel to former district rival Fairdale on Thursday.