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East goes 2-1 over short week

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Baseball

By Thomas Barr

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - A loss to North Bullitt (see last Monday’s edition) was disappointing last week for the Bullitt East Chargers, but the red and gold still managed a strong week as they beat both Manual and Atherton.

Against Manual on Monday, the Chargers had to rally from a 4-1 deficit after the Crimsons scored all of their runs in the top of the third innings. Bullitt East countered with two runs in the bottom of that frame and then won the game with single runs in the sixth and seventh frames.

The victory came in pretty much non-dramatic fashion. At the top of the line-up, both Coulten Maupin and Tyler Minogue were hit by pitches before Chaz Jackson reached on an infield single. After a pop-out, Maupin darted home on a passed ball 

The victory on the mound went to junior Trevor Gonzalez who pitched in the top of the seventh after Maupin started and went four innings. Brad Johnson worked two innings.

Bullitt East (12-5) finished with seven hits with two by Jackson including a solo home run in the first inning. Both Wood and Shane Valentine belted triples while Maupin and Gonzalez each had a double.

The Chargers thought they would have an easy time with Atherton on Thursday, but after falling behind 5-0 in the second, the red and gold had to rally, tying the game with three runs in the sixth before posting five runs in the top of the seventh.

Johnson was the starting pitcher and only two of the runs were earned as Bullitt East had two errors in the second inning. Johnson allowed only five hits. Gonzalez got his second win of the week as he pitched the final two innings, giving up only one hit.

There were two outs in the seventh inning after Maupin was thrown out at the plate on a chopper. Wood then blasted a double that broke the tie. That was followed by singles by Valentine and Adam Howell before Brett Hatfield walked to load the bases. Cody Morris then singled home the final two runs.

The big hit in the game came in the sixth when senior Kyle Ethridge came off the bench and doubled home two runs with two outs to tie the game.