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Bears Softball 5-2

Kylee Smith on the mound.  photo by Jeremy Hack
 Bears topple district rival Trinity for third straight win
WHITESVILLE - Butler County remained in the win column on the road at Whitesville Trinity on Wednesday, winning 14-1 in an early-season 12th District softball game. 
With the win, Butler County improved to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the 12th District.
Whitesville Trinity slipped to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the district with the loss. 
The Bears scored first and never trailed. Butler County plated two runs in the top half of the third inning to break open a scoreless game.
The Bears continued  to lead 2-0 through the fifth inning. Thriving late, Butler County scored a dozen runs over its final two at-bats. The Bears erupted for seven runs in the sixth inning.
Dixie Garnier.  photo by Jeremy Hack
Butler County scored 14 runs on 10 hits. Hannah Chaney led the Butler County offensive effort, driving in four runs. The productive Chaney went 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs. 
Autumn Proctor and Amber Thacker added two hits apiece for Butler County in the victory. Proctor provided three RBIs while Thacker drove in two runs. Along with Proctor, Tori McKinney also drove in two runs for the Lady Bears in the impressive win.
McKinney, Aleace Hall and Bayleigh Alford contributed one hit each. Hall and Dixie Garnier chipped in one RBI apiece as part of Butler County's balanced offensive attack. 
Butler County pitcher Kylee Smith earned the win. Smith surrendered one run on nine hits over seven innings, striking out three and walking one. Helping her pitching cause at the plate, Smith drove in one run for the Lady Bears.
Ashley Thacker makes the catch.  photo by Jeremy Hack
Whitesville Trinity pitcher Nina Wathen took the loss. Wathen allowed eight hits and nine runs over six innings, striking out three. 
Butler County overcame two errors in the field to win convincingly.
Savannah Aull went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Whitesville Trinity.
Bears blank McLean County 16-0 in three innings 
MORGANTOWN - Behind a one-hitter from pitcher Kylee Smith, Butler County notched its fourth straight win on Thursday, blanking visiting McLean County 16-0 in three innings in a non-district high school softball game.
With the win, Butler County improved to 4-2.
McLean County dropped to 2-4 with the loss.
Smith earned the win while McLean County pitcher Lauren Hoover took the loss. 
Thriving both offensively and defensively at home, Butler County scored 16 runs on 18 hits.
Tori McKinney, Bayleigh Alford, and Autumn Proctor with their homerun balls.
Tori McKinney and Bayleigh Alford each went 3-for-3 with two RBIs for the Bears. Two other Butler County players, Olivia Jones and Amber Thacker, finished 3-for-3 with one RBI apiece. 
Autumn Proctor was responsible for nearly one-third of Butler County's runs, finishing 2-for-3 with five RBIs.
Butler County's offensive effort was balanced as Dixie Garnier and Aleace Hall added two hits and one RBI apiece in the convincing victory.
Olivia Abney collected McLean County's lone hit in the lopsided loss 
Each high school softball team committed one error. 
Butler County is scheduled to visit McLean County for another non-district contest on April 24
Amber Thacker. photo by Jeremy Hack
Bears shut out Warren Central 4-0
BOWLING GREEN -Butler County claimed its fifth straight win on the road on Friday, shutting out host Warren Central 4-0 in a high school softball game.
With the win, Butler County improved to 5-2.
Warren Central slipped to 0-5 with the loss.
The Bears made the most of their offensive opportunities. Butler County out hit Warren Central 5-3.
Butler County broke open a scoreless game in the top half of the third inning, scoring two runs. Then, following a scoreless frame, Butler County pushed two more runs across in the fifth-sixth innings to take a 4-0 lead.
Butler County standout Kylee Smith earned the pitching win. Smith surrendered zero runs on three hits over seven innings, striking out eight and walking zero.
Warren Central pitcher Hannah Massey suffered the loss. Massey worked seven innings, allowing five hits and four runs while striking out 11.
Offensively, Amber Thacker led Butler County with two hits in three at-bats. Hannah Chaney, Autumn Proctor and Dixie Garnier added one hit apiece for the Bears in the victory. Proctor provided two RBIs while Chaney drove in one run for Butler County in the triumph.
Defensively, Butler County ended the game without an error.
Ashley Hardin went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Lady Dragons' offensive effort. Excelling in the field, Warren East turned in an error-free performance.
The Butler County and Warren Central softball teams aren't scheduled to meet again during the current campaign.
A Butler County-Russellville softball game scheduled for Saturday was canceled.


Olivia Jones.  photo by Jeremy Hack

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