Lady Chargers take on Disney and Highly Ranked Teams

Outfielder Jenna Rueve at second base.

Zach Combest, Business Editor

Lady Chargers battled against highly ranked teams in Kentucky and across state lines.

After coming off a great week in Orlando Florida, going 3-1, the Lady Chargers loss two games against Eastern High School and the number one team in the state, Scott County.

The Lady Chargers went from a three game winning streak to a three game losing streak and were hoping to bounce back once again this time against district rival, Fern Creek on Monday April 17. Junior pitcher Taylor Roby continues to throw well even though the team hasn’t been able to score runs. The team is looking to improve their defense and hopes to get the bats going before postseason play.

The team had a successful trip to Orlando over spring break and played four games at the ESPN sports complex against team from all around the country. “The trip to disney was a lot of fun and I feel like the team became a lot closer while we were down there. Winning three games felt great,” said senior outfielder Jenna Rueve. They defeated Oneida High School from Tennessee by a final score of 12-2. In their next game, Roby threw a shutout and the Lady Chargers defeated Letcher Central from Kentucky 10-0. On April 6, they knocked off United Christian Academy behind Roby’s shutout, 11-0. Sophomore Maddie Klefot had one run batted in (RBI) and Lindsay Renneisen had two  RBIs. Senior Jordan Goers, Rueve, sophomore Trinity Webb and sophomore Karley Dawson also had one RBI in the victory. The team’s last game in paradise didn’t turn out like expected. The Lady Chargers fell to Whitney M. Young High School from Chicago Illinois in a close game 4-3.

The Lady Chargers faced off against Eastern on April 13 in a makeup game after their original game was cancelled due to weather. In the bottom of the third inning, the Lady Chargers were able to get the bats going, scoring one run. Roby reached on an error in that inning and Renneisen was walked. Hannah Dahl then came up and hit a single to score Brooke Peppers who was pinch running for Roby. Bullitt East had the bases loaded in the inning, but Morgan Harbolt struckout for the third out. Eastern scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning, making the score 2-1. Renneisen nailed a homerun to tie up the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Eastern scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to pull away from Bullitt East 4-2. Roby threw over 100 pitches in the loss. “Some things we need to improve on is timely hitting,” said Roby.

The showdown that the team has been waiting for all week happened on Friday April 14, as the Lady Chargers went to battle with Scott County at Scott County High School. In the recent coaches poll, Scott County was ranked number one. Bullitt East was ranked 16. Rankings aside, Bullitt East was ready to compete with the top dog in the state. Neither team could get anything going through the first three innings as the pitchers dominated the game. Finally in the bottom of the fourth, Scott County scored a run after they hit a double. Scott County tacked onto the lead in the sixth inning, scoring one more run. Roby hit a homerun over the centerfield wall in the top of the seventh inning and was the only Lady Charger to score a run in the game. Bullitt East lost to Scott County in a close affair 2-1. “When we only lost to Scott by one I felt really good that we can go far this year we just have to play a hundred and ten percent every game. It gave us as a team a lot of confidence,” said Roby.

The girls are looking to improve on many things before postseason play comes around. The softball team has many games coming up. “This past week we’ve had a lot of games and Ricky was saying that those games were like practice for the Mercy and Male games,” said Rueve. They will play Mercy on April 25 and Male on April 27.