East finishes 2-1 in big tourney

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Louisville Invitational Baseball Tournament

By Mike Farner

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - In a week that saw more rain than sun, the Bullitt East Chargers were happy to get any games completed.

It just added to the positive vibe that the red and gold picked up a district win and then saw some of the best teams in the area over the weekend in three games of the Louisville Invitational Tournament, winning two of three including a 5-2 win over Jefferson County power Trinity.

The lone loss for the Chargers last week came on Saturday in the LIT as the red and golf dropped a 14-9 decision to Madison Central, the only undefeated team in the state at the time. The Indians ran their winning streak to 19 games with three wins at Bullitt East, but the streak ended on Monday with a setback to Bryan Station.

Bullitt East led 1-0 through four innings before the offenses for both teams ignited. Madison Central had not allowed four runs in a game to that point in the season and the Chargers scored four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, but still could not win. The Indians scored three in the top of the fifth and then added six in the sixth and five more in the seventh to break a 9-9 tie.

“They are the real deal,” Bullitt East head coach Jeff Bowles said. “They showed why they have won all those games with the way they came back in this game.”

Bullitt East started senior Cody Morris on the mound and his off-speed stuff seemed to confuse the Indians. When he reached 100 pitches, Bowles lifted him and the harder throwing Trevor Gonzalez and Chaz Jackson ran into big trouble.

Morris worked five innings and had 11 strike-outs and only one walk, but did allow 11 hits. Jackson took the loss as he worked two-thirds of an inning in the seventh.

The Chargers ended up with 14 hits, but the only extra base hit was a double by Gonzalez. Six different Bullitt East players had two hits.

Bullitt East came back later on Saturday and soothed some of the hurt from the earlier loss with a 5-2 victory over Trinity.

Junior pitcher Brett Hatfield had a strong outing as he picked up the win in five innings of work. He allowed seven hits and struck-out four. Coulten Maupin came in and got the save with two innings of one-hit work.

Bullitt East found some power as they belted four home runs with all of the runs coming on long balls. Jackson had two of the big blasts and drove in three runs while Hatfield and Maupin each had solo shots. Morris added a double.

The Chargers opened LIT play with an 11-8 victory over Lone Oak. The red and gold battled back from a 6-0 deficit before they ever came to the plate. Bullitt East then scored three times in the bottom of the fifth to account for the final score.

The win went to Jonathan Recktenwald while Gonzalez picked up a save. Brad Johnson pitched three innings in relief of starter Jacob Woodruff.

Bullitt East finished with 12 hits including two doubles by Adam Howell. Tyler Minogue and Morris added doubles. Minogue finished with three hits while Wood had two singles.

Early District Win

Bullitt East finally got on the field on Thursday and turned back district rival Fairdale 14-2 in five innings.

Jackson worked a full game to get the win as he allowed only four hits with seven strike-outs.

Bullitt East’s offense got a home run and a double from both Minogue and Morris while Jackson, Wood and Howell each had a double.

The win moved Bullitt East to 2-1 in district play with a game against Southern still to be played.