Chargers split pair of games in short week

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By Mike Farner

    MOUNT WASHINGTON - An already planned short week because of Oaks and Derby Day, became an even shorter week when rain on Tuesday washed out Bullitt East’s district game with Fairdale.

    That game is now rescheduled for Thursday of this week at Fairdale.

    That left the Chargers on the field for just two games in a mini-showdown with Oldham County schools. On Monday, the red and gold came up short against North Oldham, falling 9-7. On Thursday, Bullitt East evened that count as they thumped South Oldham 15-7.

    Against North Oldham, Bullitt East scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull within a run, but could get no closer. North Oldham added a bonus run in the top of the seventh and then held on for the win.

    Bullitt East finished with nine hits including a solo home run from Chaz Jackson in the fourth inning. Jackson also had a double while both Brandon Alphin and Shane Valentine collected two hits.

    Jackson was the starting pitcher and suffered the defeat as he pitched five innings. The junior was responsible was seven of the runs of which five were earned. Jackson finished with five strike-outs and also walked two batters.

    Kyle Ethridge came in and worked the last two innings.

    On Thursday, Bullitt East took the field against South Oldham under the direction of associate head coach Craig Sharpe as head coach Jeff Bowles was in New York City with the school’s banking program. The coach took his son, lead-off hitter Matt Bowles, with him.

    Still, the Chargers survived a rough outing on the mound by Alphin to win 15-7.

    Alphin, who has already signed with the University of Louisville, worked four innings and allowed seven earned runs. He did finish with six strike-outs and walked four.

    A promising move came as Kyle Ethridge came in and allowed just one hit over the final three innings.

    Bullitt East finished with ten hits including three off the bat of Jackson who scored three times. Brett Hatfield, who filled in for Matt Bowles, was one-for-one at the plate and had three walks as he also scored three runs. Both Valentine and Tyler Minogue hit doubles. Minogue finished with two hits while Cody Morris drove home two runs.

    The nature break for the Oaks and Derby sort of lends itself to being the launching pad into the homestretch of the regular season that has three weeks remaining. Jeff Bowles feels that his 13-10 team is set and the coaches know where the pieces fit.

    “We have a pretty good idea now,” Bowles said on Monday. “I think we’re ready to zero in for the stretch run and we have people ready to play next to each other.”

    The Chargers had a key district game on Tuesday of this week against Southern before playing the make-up game against Fairdale on Thursday. The team will then take on Oldham County and Jeffersontown on Friday and Saturday, respectively.