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MOUNT WASHINGTON – The Bullitt East Chargers got to play just one game last week because of bad weather, but the red and gold made the most of that, beating visiting Oldham County 9-0 on Thursday.
It was a slow start for the Chargers as neither team could dent the plate through the first four innings. Oldham County had a runner thrown out at the plate in the second inning and the same happened to Bullitt East in the fourth, but other than that, pitching ruled the early innings.
Bullitt East finally broke through with a pair of runs in the fifth inning and then busted the game open with seven runs in the sixth.
The win lifted Bullitt East to 8-0 to start to season as they headed to Florida for five games this week during spring break.
On Thursday, Jonathon Recktenwald was the starting pitcher and he worked the first three innings, but with so few innings available during the week, head coach Jeff Bowles wanted to get other players some work. So, junior Chase Patton came on to start the third inning and he picked up the win with four innings of two-hit pitching. Junior Alex Ralph came in and faced three batters to end the game.
The Bullitt East offense collected nine hits in the win. Alex Richardson’s double got the fifth inning started and he had two hits. Michael Faul and Zac Ching each also had two hits. Hunter Wood and Chris Ethridge both belted doubles.
During the week, Bullitt East moved into the state coaches’ pool as one of the top 25 teams.
“Our team ERA is under one,” Bowles said before heading to Florida.
As in the past, Bowles wants to have a set line-up in place when the team returns from Florida. At this point, the players are making some of the decisions quite difficult.
“We haven’t really been in position to eliminate people,” Bowles said. “We’ll have to make some decisions soon. We’re talking about good, but through decisions, to have to make. The kids have all responded so far.”