Lady Charger softball finding winning ways

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By Mike Farner

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - The offense is still looking for a little more firepower, but the Bullitt East Lady Chargers found just enough hitting last week to win two of three games to head to Florida with a .500 record.

The pitching and defense played better than the first week of the season.

Bullitt East might have turned the corner on Monday when they picked up a 2-1 decision against North Hardin when the red and gold scored both runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to steal the win.

Following a 1-0 loss to Assumption a day later, the Lady Chargers headed to Florida after beating LaRue County 5-0.

“I wouldn’t say we are at mid-season form, but we’re getting better,” Bullitt East head coach Ricky Hoffman said. “Against North Hardin they had a fast pitcher and we struggled. We knew Assumption had a good pitcher and we struggled.

“The faster the pitcher the more trouble we’re having,” the coach added. “Our timing is still a little off. Our timing is coming around. We’ll see if we can do better in warmer weather.”

Against North Hardin, Jamie Lutes pitched a strong game, but found herself down 1-0 midway through the seventh inning. Lutes allowed just four hits and struck-out two while the one run was earned.

The bottom of the seventh started with Kirsten Price reaching on a walk and then Lutes sacrificed her to second. Kayla Payne doubled home Price to tie the score. After a single by Kaylee McClure, Morgan Raymer walked to load the bases. The winning run then scored on Jessica Hanna’s single.

Bullitt East finished with five hits with three of those coming in the seventh. The team also got a triple by Payne and a double by Rachel Simms.

Despite collecting only two hits, Bullitt East forced an extra inning before Assumption escaped with a 1-0 victory on Tuesday.

Freshman Morgan Raymer pitched a strong game, allowing just six hits. She struck out seven and walked three with the one run being earned.

“She pitched a great game,” Hoffman said of his young pitcher. “She shut down their big dogs. She struck out their top two hitters four times.  She just had a great game.”

Bullitt East found some offensive power on Thursday in the 5-0 win over LaRue County. That offense included a home run by Kirsten Price that accounted for two runs in the third inning. Price finished with two hits while McClure collected three hits. Simms added a double to the nine-hit attack.

Lutes picked up the victory in the circle as the junior allowed just four hits. She finished with six strike-outs and walked two batters.

Bullitt East is in Florida this week for spring break. They will return home this weekend and will enter district play starting on Thursday (April 14) against Bullitt Central.