Ranked Lady Chargers have exceptional week

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 MOUNT WASHINGTON - A lot of softball teams have good weeks during the spring. Fewer teams have exceptional weeks during any season.

The Bullitt East Lady Chargers had one of those exceptional runs last week as they blasted through four games with lopsided victories. The team also got news during the week that for the first time in fast-pitch history, the program was ranked among the top-25 teams in the state at 19th overall.

For the week, Bullitt East outscored their opponents 58-2 while their pitching staff gave up only one walk. Through the first ten games of the season, seven of those victories, the red and gold have hit 33 doubles and six home runs.

“We are obviously hitting the ball well,” Bullitt East head coach Ricky Hoffman said.

“A big difference was the walks,” the coach added. “We did leave a few balls over the plate, but we didn’t walk but one. That’s one walk in four games which is pretty good for our pitching staff.”

At this point, Hoffman was not avoiding the high ranking. That is an indication that all the hard work that the team has put in is being recognized.

“That was something I brought up at practice,” the coach said. “I mentioned that it was the hard work over the last three years that is what they earned. They can only work harder to move up. It is a big deal.”

The only two runs that the Lady Chargers allowed came on Monday when they beat up on Jeffersontown 17-2 in just three innings of play. Senior Jamie Lutes got the win on the mound with four hits and only one earned run. She struck out six and did not walk a batter.

Bullitt East’s bats had only ten hits, but they benefited from two errors and seven walks. Rachel Simms blasted a home run and had two hits while Kayla Raymer added a double as she went four-for-four. Morgan Raymer added two hits.

The next win came by a 10-0 count over Spencer County in six innings. Morgan Raymer pitched a complete game and only allowed five hits with five strike-outs and no walks.

The 11 Bullitt East hits included a three-run home run by Rachel Simms that ended the game in the bottom of the sixth. Simms also had a double. Taylor Price had two hits including a triple while Kristen Price had a double amongst her two hits. Taylor Alvey also hit a home run.

After Central canceled a game with the Lady Chargers on Thursday, the team was back in action on Saturday as they hosted a small round-robin event with Nelson County and Garrard County.

Hoffman expected a little more out of Nelson County, but Bullitt East rolled to a 16-0 victory that ended after four innings.

The Lady Chargers collected 16 hits in the victory including a grand slam home run from Kirsten Price in the first inning. Simms then ended the game in the fourth with a two-run home run. The red and gold also got doubles from Kayla Raymer and Lutes with Kayla Raymer have four hits, Simms three while both Jessica Hanna and Kristen Price each had two hits.

Lutes was the winning pitcher as she allowed only one hit with five strike-outs.

The outcome was pretty much the same in the second game as Bullitt East crushed Garrard County 15-0 in another game that was stopped after four innings.

Morgan Raymer allowed three hits in the outing with seven strike-outs, but she did walk a batter.

This time the Lady Chargers had no home runs, but they did pound out eight doubles and two triples. Rachel Simms had both a double and a triple as did Kaylee McClure. Morgan Raymer had two of the doubles while doubles were also hit by Taylor Price, Kristen Price, Hanna and Lutes. Morgan Raymer had three hits while Hanna, Simms, and Kayla Raymer each had two hits.

Bullitt East will play a key Sixth Region game on Wednesday of this week when they play host to Butler at 5:30 p.m. After playing another strong foe on Thursday when Fern Creek visits, the red and gold will head out on Friday for Orlando and a spring break trip to the Disney Wide World of Sports complex and five games.