Softball to end season with a bang

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – The area high school softball teams are prepared to end the regular season with a bang as there are three intra-county games scheduled over the last two weeks.

Bullitt Central and North Bullitt played on Tuesday of this week in Shepherdsville in the first of two meetings in the month of May. No mater the outcome from yesterday, the two rivals will be playing in the semi-finals of the 23rd District Tournament at North Bullitt the week of May 18.

The action will shift to Mount Washington next week as North Bullitt will take on Bullitt East on Tuesday and the next day the Lady Chargers will play host to Bullitt Central. Both of those games are set to start at 5:30 p.m.

Bullitt East

The week started just fine for the Lady Chargers as they wrapped up the number one seed for the 24th District Tournament with a 17-0 victory over Jeffersontown. The game was stopped after the visitors batted in the top of the third inning.

Bullitt East scored ten times in the first inning and six times in the second. For the game, Bullitt East had 13 hits including a home run by Lindsay Renneisen. Taylor Roby had a pair of doubles in the win while Renneisen and Shelby Maros also had doubles. Karli Yarbrough and Renneisen each had three hits while Renneisen drove in six runs.

Loren Roby, the team’s only senior, got the win as she did not allow a hit, but she did hit one batter, the only base runner that Jeffersontown could muster.

Bullitt East head coach Ricky Hoffman was still scratching his head days later after his team dropped a 6-5 decision to North Oldham. The Lady Chargers were up 5-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh when the wheels suddenly fell off.

Pitcher Taylor Roby actually struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh and was facing the number nine batter when suddenly North Oldham started finding every hole in the Lady Charger defense. A single, two doubles and then three consecutive singles gave the win to the Lady Mustangs.

“The number nine batter hit it up the middle and after that it was all balls hit off the handle or the end of the batter and our outfielders couldn’t read the ball,” Hoffman said. “It was a total breakdown.

“We had played great softball up to then,” the coach added. “Taylor pitched well but then we couldn’t make the plays.”

Bullitt East had 15 hits to just eight for North Oldham, but the Lady Chargers did make four errors. Taylor Roby finished out the game, but only three of the runs were earned.

Renneisen stayed hot at the plate with four hits including a pair of doubles. The sophomore drove home four of the runs. Jordan Goers also had a double and finished with two hits. Maros, Emily Salyer, Taylor Roby and Loren Roby each had two hits.

Bullitt Central

The Lady Cougars got last week started with a bang as they defeated Moore 17-1 in a battle of 23rd District rivals.

Junior pitcher Belle Leonard was in complete control in this game as she gave up just two hits.

Leonard also helped her own cause, blasting her first home run of the season. Sarah Noble added to the offense with a pair of doubles while Kimberly Berthiaume collected two hits.

Things didn’t go nearly as well a day later as Bethlehem beat the Lady Cougars 12-2. The Banshees led only 4-2 heading into the sixth inning, but then scored six times in the top of the sixth and twice more in the seventh.

Bullitt Central had just three hits in the game and two of those came off the bat of McKayla Robinson

Unlike most teams in the area, the Lady Cougars played on Derby weekend, although, they had to go to Lexington to find an event. The maroon and gray played three games in the Creek on the Rise event at Tates Creek High School.

It was a rude start for the visitors on Friday as they were blasted by the home team 15-0 in just four innings of play. Leonard took the loss in the circle and the Lady Cougars had just two hits.

Things did get better for Bullitt Central on Saturday as they picked up a 9-2 victory over Grant County.

Leonard was sharper in this game, allowing just six hits.

Bullitt Central had five hits with both Noble and Leonard collecting two hits.

The final game in the tournament on Saturday was a 4-0 setback to Paris.

Leonard started and worked only the first two innings. Head coach Mike Phillips then inserted freshman Kaylee McGrew. The youngster struck out eight batters in four innings of work.

Bullitt Central’s offense managed just two hits.

North Bullitt

The Lady Eagles played just twice last week, but no stats were available from either game.

On Tuesday, the green and gold suffered a 10-0 loss on the road at Martha Layne Collins. Coach Mike Nally’s team bounced back a day later and matched Bullitt Central’s effort with a 17-0 win over Moore in a game that was stopped after three innings.