Top-ranked Ballard slips past Chargers in 1-0 pitchers’ duel

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A late rescheduling of a game with Ballard by Bullitt East highlighted the final week of the regular season for the area softball teams.

Just a few days earlier, the Lady Bruins had been moved up to the top-ranked team in the state. Ballard and Bullitt East were supposed to play earlier in the season, but that game had been rained out. Just a week earlier, Ballard had called and the game was set for Thursday.

Bullitt East freshman pitcher Kayla Raymer got out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning and then avoided a few close calls before the Lady Bruins finally broke through with a run in the top of the sixth inning. Raymer gave up just five hits.

The Lady Chargers only strong threat came in the bottom of the sixth. The team loaded the bases with two outs and clean-up hitter Kirsten Price hit a shot that went straight to the right fielder. Taylor Price had a blast in the bottom of the seventh that was tracked down in the left field gap.

Other than that, Bullitt East only had three hits in the game and only once did the team have a runner get to third base.

The loss came two days after Bullitt East had crossed over the Ohio River and suffered a 9-4 loss to New Albany. That was the most runs the Lady Chargers had allowed since spring break.

Coach Ricky Hoffman’s team did win a pair of games sandwiched around the two losses. On Monday, the red and gold rolled past Seneca 11-1 in a game that was stopped after five innings.

On Friday, the regular season came to a close with a 3-0 victory over visiting Atherton.

Bullitt East finished the regular season with a 24-10 record, the second most wins amongst Sixth Region squads. Pleasure Ridge Park, which did not play Bullitt East this season, has 26 wins heading into the post-season.

Bullitt Central Wins Two

Early last week, the Bullitt Central Cougars continued to ride the strong play of junior Seaera Minyard to a pair of wins before the regular season ended with a 6-3 loss at Male.

The week for the Lady Cougars started with a 4-0 victory at Spencer County, a team that had beaten Bullitt Central early in the season.

Minyard did just about everything, winning the game in the circle by allowing only three hits. All four runs for the maroon and gray came in the fifth inning when Minyard blasted a grand slam.

Bullitt Central collected six hits in the game as Minyard also had a double. Natalie Campbell had a pair of singles.

The hot streak continued in the next game as the Lady Cougars scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to end a 10-0 victory over Presentation.

Minyard had her third no-hitter of the season as she recorded ten strike-outs.

The Lady Cougars had nine hits including a double by the team’s only senior, Rachel Basil. The double came on Senior Night. Minyard, Darian Deaver and Hailey Szpila each had two hits.

For the first time since spring break, the Lady Cougars allowed more than four runs in a game in the 6-3 loss to Male. Only three of the runs were earned as the Lady Bulldogs did get ten hits off of Minyard.

Bullitt Central had six hits in the loss including a home run by Basil. The senior finished with two hits.

Coach Buddy Gallemore’s team finished the regular season with a 19-17 mark.

‘I htinnk we’re definitely playing better than earlier,” Gallemore said over the weekend. “Our goal this year was a winning record. We’ve only had one loss each week the last two or three week. We’re definitely playing better.”

North Bullitt Wins Two

On Monday, the North Bullitt Lady Eagles had one of their best days of the season as they won two games over two different foes.

In the first game, the green and gold scored early and often and turned back 24th District foe Fairdale by a 14-1 count in five innings.

Shelby Crenshaw picked up in the win in the circle as she allowed just three hits.

North Bullitt scored eight times over the first two innings and then put the game away with six runs in the fourth. The green and gold collected 11 hits including a home run and a double by Caitlin Crowder. The Lady Eagles also had triples by Jordan Vorbrink, Darian Davenport and Destiny Ashmore.

After the win over Fairdale, North Bullitt took the field against Presentation. This time the Lady Eagles fell behind 2-0 after one inning but then rallied to record a 13-3 win in four innings.

Elise Mills was the winning pitcher as she gave up only three hits.

Vorbrink had a home run for the Lady Eagles while both Davenport and Brooke Adams turned in doubles.

The final reported game of the regular season for the Lady Eagles was a 5-4 setback to Sacred Heart at home. That left North Bullitt with a 6-25 record for the season.