FRESHMAN SOFTBALL: Bears go 2-1 at Catholic Tournament with wins over ACS, Muhlenberg
Despite a rough start on Friday night, the Butler County High School freshmen softball team picked up two impressive wins on Saturday to finish strong in the Owensboro Catholic Freshman Tournament held on April 27-28. The Bears dropped a 7-0 decision on Friday to Catholic before rallying on Saturday for a 1-0 win over Allen County-Scottsville and a 10-0 schellacking of Muhlenberg County.
Virtually no hitting and poor defense hindered Butler County's efforts on Friday against host Owensboro Catholic. The Bears managed only two hits - singles by Naomi Cade and Emily Rich - while Catholic notched eight hits and took advantage of four costly Butler County errors.
Butler Pitcher Kassie Phelps allowed three earned runs, struck out one and walked one in five innings of work.
OC 3 1 3 0 0 7 8 0
BC 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4
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Saturday morning's game proved to be a pitcher's duel that saw Butler County get a clutch hit at the right time to take the 1-0 lead and play solid defense to keep it for the win over a good Allen County-Scottsville team.
Abigail Fry, Emily Rich, and Kassie Phelps all singled for Butler County.
Allie Howard grounded out to the shortstop in the fourth inning to score Rich, which proved to be the game-winning run.
Third baseman Abigail Fry and shortstop Callie Cardwell had strong defensive games, recording seven assists/putouts between them.
Phelps gave up three hits, no runs, struck out three batters, and walked none in five innings.
BC 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 2
ACS 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
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After scoring just one run in the previous two games (10 innings), Butler County's bats exploded for eight hits in a 10-0, three-inning win over rival Muhlenberg County in its final tournament game on Saturday.
Recording hits were: Naomi Cade (1B), Hannah Peach (1B, 2-RBI), Emily Rich (1B, RBI), Kassie Phelps (2-1B, RBI), Allie Howard (1B) and Callie Cardwell (1B, 2-RBI). Abigail Fry also had a double with two RBI.
Freshman pitcher Kassie Phelps allowed no runs and no hits in the in three innings. She struck out one batter. Saturday's games wrapped up a busy week for Phelps, who reached the 100-inning mark on the season during the tournament. She also threw just over 600 pitches for the week in nine games. Phelps has assumed all JV/FR pitching responsibilites following the knee injury suffered by Natoshia White.
"Kassie has done a great job for us, especially during the second half of the season," said BCHS coach John Embry. "After battling a back strain early on, Kassie has been a workhorse for us down the stretch in freshman and JV games and has shown steady improvement."
BC 3 0 7 10 8 2
MC 0 0 0 0 0 0
"We had a terrible game on Friday but I love how our girls responded on Saturday with two good wins over good teams," said Embry. "They showed a lot of guts in the way they battled in those two games."
Photos by Jeremy Hack and Teryl Manning