Lady Chargers grab three wins

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 MOUNT WASHINGTON - There wasn’t quite as much softball as Bullitt East head coach Ricky Hoffman had hoped, but it was still an overall positive spring break trip to Florida for the Lady Chargers.

Bullitt East ended up playing games against only two different teams, playing four official varsity games including three games against Wayne County, a team from Ohio. The first and only game against another foe was a contest against Hancock County that got the week started.

The Lady Chargers posted a 3-1 record for the week and came back better for the experience according to Hoffman.

(Because of the late date for Easter and bad weather this winter that has forced some school systems to cancel spring break, there were just not enough softball teams available for Bullitt East to play in Orlando at the Walt Disney Wide World of Sports facility.)

“The last three games down there we played better,” Hoffman said when the team returned to Kentucky. “We got better as the week went on.”

Bullitt East had nowhere to go but up after getting off to a bad start on Monday of last week when they were beaten by Hancock County 9-3. The other Kentucky team scored seven times in the top of the fifth inning to erase a 2-1 Lady Charger lead.

“We came out not ready to play softball,” Hoffman said.

Bullitt East had only four hits in this game and three of those were off the bat of junior Kaylee McClure. One of McClure’s hits was a double. Kayla Raymer had the other hit.

Jamie Lutes was the starting pitcher in this game and took the loss. She left after two outs in the fifth inning and turned the ball over to Morgan Raymer. Lutes gave up five earned runs on nine hits. Raymer gave up one earned run and two hits.

Late that day, Bullitt East was back in action against Wayne County, Ohio and the first clash turned into a 7-6 victory for the Lady Chargers and Raymer, a freshman who picked up her first varsity win.

Raymer allowed 13 hits and there were runners on second and third base in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out when Raymer got out of the jam by getting a pop-up and a ground-out.

Bullitt East scored six times in the fifth inning to erase a 3-0 deficit. The Lady Chargers were helped along by four walks in that inning. The red and gold had just four hits, all singles, including two from Lutes.

The second meeting with Wayne County went to Bullitt East by a 2-0 score. This contest was the first varsity victory for Kayla Payne. The junior worked a complete game, allowing six hits and not walking a batter.

Bullitt East scored the only two runs in the game in the second inning. Consecutive singles by Kirsten Price, Payne and Lutes loaded the bases. Jessica Hanna scored one run on a sacrifice fly and the second run scored on Kayla Raymer’s single.

Price had two hits in the game as Bullitt East had only six hits.

If nothing else, Bullitt East and Wayne County were highly competitive. The third game was much like the previous ones as Bullitt East scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to excape with a 4-3 win.

Payne and Raymer didn’t start in this game, but both reached base as pinch hitters to start the seventh inning. Payne singled and them Raymer walked. After two outs, Rachel Simms plated the tying run with a single. Price then got the win with a single.

Bullitt East finished with eight hits, Pirce had a double and a single while both Simms and Lutes had two hits.

Lutes was the winner in this game as she wrked all seven frames. Two of the runs were earned as she allowed seven hits with four strike-outs and five walks.

Bullitt East is back home for games during the week including a huge match-up on Thursday when Bullitt Central visits Mount Washington for a game that will start at 6 p.m.

The Lady Chargers will then head to Frankfort on the weekend for the Capital City Showcase. That will start with three games in pool play with the top two teams from the pool advancing to bracket play.