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East ready for tough run

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Softball

By Mike Farner

 MOUNT WASHINGTON – Standing at 13-1 overall and undefeated against teams from Kentucky, the Bullitt East Lady Chargers will find out over the next two weeks just how good they are.

Already, coach Ricky Hoffman’s team has beaten three teams ranked among the top-25 teams in the state. Bullitt East stands at number nine and between Tuesday of this week and next Saturday, the Lady Chargers will play five of the top seven teams in the state based on the state’s coaches’ poll.

That run started yesterday with a trip to Radcliff to take on fifth-ranked Central Hardin and it will continue with a game at fourth-ranked Ballard on Wednesday. The Lady Chargers will then take on top-ranked McCracken County on Friday night in Bowling Green in the Greenwood Border Battle.

Next week, perhaps the biggest of all the games comes when the Lady Chargers travel into Jefferson County for the 24th District showdown with arch-rival Mercy. Then, next Saturday, Bullitt East will host the TeamBrandon Triangle, a three-team round-robin event that will include a game in Mount Washington against defending state champion Greenwood, the state’s second-ranked team at this point.

If last week was any indication, the Lady Chargers are ready for the challenge. In four games, all wins, Bullitt East gave up just six runs. Number one pitcher Morgan Raymer, in two games, did not allow a run.

Bullitt East defeated Fairdale 8-4 to start the week and then rolled pst Martha Layne Collins 13-0 on Thursday. On Saturday, the team traveled to Lexington for a round-robin at Paul Dunbar High School that also included Eastern. The Lady Chargers beat Dunbar 8-2 and then Eastern 6-0.

Against Fairdale, Hoffman game Morgan Raymer the day off from pitching and used eighth-grader Taylor Roby in the circle. Roby did give up the four earned runs, but three of the runs came when Bullitt East was already ahead 7-1. Roby finished with 12 strike-outs as she walked three and gave up six hits.

The offense had a strong day with 12 hits as they scored five runs in the second inning to take control of the game at home. Five of the hits were doubles as Kayla Raymer doubled twice while Kelsey Gravens, Morgan Raymer and Roby also added doubles. Lead-off hitter Shelby Maros had four hits while both Gravens and Kayla Raymer had two hits.

The trip on Thursday to Shelbyville to take on Martha Layne Collins didn’t take much as Bullitt East scored in each of the six innings in the 13-0 victory.

Morgan Raymer pitched all six innings and was never pushed, allowing only four hits while striking out 14. The senior walked just one and did not hit a batter.

The Bullitt East offense was just as productive, pounding out 16 hits, 14 of which were singles. The only extra base hits were doubles by the Raymer sisters. Emily Salyer and Gravens each had three hits in the game while Lindsey Renneisen, Kayla Raymer and Roby each had two hits.

In the first game on Saturday, Hoffman gave the ball to Roby again and she responded with another strong outing, giving up no earned runs in the 8-2 win over Dunbar. Roby only had two strike-outs but she only walked one and did not hit a batter.

The rest of the game belonged to the offense as Bullitt East scored seven times in the first five innings to get the win. The Lady Chargers collected 11 hits including home runs by Renneisen and Roby. Doubles were hit by Gravens and Maros. Roby finished with four hits in four plate appearances and Maros had three hits. Renneisen finished with two hits.

Against Eastern on Saturday, Morgan Raymer was in complete control as she allowed only one hit as the Lady Chargers rolled to a 6-0 victory. The overpowering performance included 12 strike-outs with no walks and no hit batters. Bullitt East did have an error, meaning that Eastern only had two base runners in the game.

Bullitt East broke through with two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings and added on two more in the top of the seventh. The red and gold finished with eight hits including a triple by freshman Karli Yarbrough as well as two doubles by Kayla Raymer and a double each from Roby and Gravens. Yarbrough, Gravens and Kayla Raymer each had two hits.