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Bears drop games at Muhlenberg, Owensboro

Shortstop Madeline Drake makes the falling catch

Butler County (1-1) found itself on the wrong side of the score on Monday night at Muhlenberg County in prep softball action.  In the varsity game, Butler County's bats were outmanned by Mustang pitcher Nikki Peveler as the Bears fell 7-0. 

In the junior varsity game, defensive woes proved to be the difference in the game as Butler County errors contributed significantly to a 10-2 loss.

The Mustangs plated three runs in the second, three more in the third and another in the 5th for the 7-0 varsity win in an 11-hit outing.

Manning makes the throw to Graham at 1st

Butler County managed only three hits - singles by Madeline Drake, Katie Graham, and Natoshia White.

Junior pitcher Morgan Manning pitched all seven innings and allowed 11 hits and five earned runs.  She struck out two batters, walked one and hit one.

Junior shortstop Madeline Drake also had a strong defensive performance, fielding five hard-hit ground balls and one pop-up.

8th grade centerfielder Naomi Cade went 3-for-3 in the JV game.  Abigail Fry and Alex Embry each had a RBI. 

Freshman pitcher Kassie Phelps struck out three batters, walked one, allowed eight hits and four earned runs in five innings of work. 

Varsity
BC     0  0  0  0  0  0  0        0  3   3
MC    0  3  3  0  1   0  x       7  11  1

Junior Varsity
BC     1  0  1  0  0        2  3  4
MC    5  2  1  2  x       10 8  2

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On Tuesday night Butler County suffered a disappointing loss on the road at Owensboro, 7-4.  The JV Bears fell 8-4.

Butler County actually got more hits than their counterparts but wasn't able to get them at the most opportune times.  Also, two errors in the fifth inning, when the Bears were ahead, contributed to a 5-run inning for the home team.

Leading the way offensively for Butler County was Natoshia White with two singles and three RBI, including a two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning.   Morgan Manning, Emily Rich, and Katie Graham all doubled, while Madeline Drake and Amy Rogers added singles.  Rich's double came in her first varsity pinch hit opportunity. 

2nd Baseman White makes the play

Pitcher Morgan Manning allowed five earned runs on eight hits.  She had no strike outs or walks. 

The JV was almost a repeat of the varsity game.  Butler County out-hit Owensboro 7 to 6 but poor defense proved to be the difference. 

The Bears were paced offensive by 8th grade center-fielder Naomi Cade who went 2 for 4 and reached base in every at bat.  Abigail Fry, Alex Embry, Emily Rich, Allie Howard, and Callie Cardwell all singled.  Cade, Rich, Candace Ibarra, and Sarah Johnson each had a RBI.

Pitcher Kassie Phelps allowed six hits and three earned runs, while striking out two batters and hitting one. 

Varsity
BC      0  0  1  0  2  1  0        4  9  2
OHS   2  0  0  0 5  0  x         7  8  2   

Junior Varsity
BC      2  1  1  0  0        4  7  5
OHS   1  2  1  4  x        8  6  4

"We're simply not playing very good softball right now," said BCHS head coach John Embry.  "In both the Muhlenberg and Owensboro games, we did some things well but  have been wildly inconsistent in our execution of basic fundamentals.  We are a better team than what we have shown in the last two outings but we're currently not performing very well.  We've got to do better." 

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