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SOFTBALL: Butler County wraps up regular season with three wins; finishes with 21-15 record

Madeline Drake at the plate

The KHSAA 2012 softball regular season came to an end last week with the Butler County High School Bears winning three of its last four games and finishing with a 21-15 record, marking five consecutive years with 20-win seasons.

The Bears traveled west on Friday, May 11, and came away with a solid 9-0 win against Dawson Springs - a team that handed Butler County a home loss last season. 

Butler County recorded 11 hits in the win, including singles by Madeline Drake, Amy Rogers, Morgan Manning (RBI), Hannah Peach, Jazmin Reynolds (RBI), Emily Rich, and Alex Embry; Rogers (2-RBI), Lynsie Clark (RBI), Peach (2-RBI), and Reynolds also doubled in the win. 

Pitcher Morgan Manning gave up no runs and allowed only four hits in seven innings of work.  She struck out eight batters and walked none.

Hannah Peach reads the fly ball

On the first day of  a three-game homestead - Tuesday, May 15 - Butler County hosted Madisonville-North Hopkins and ended up on the losing end of a 3-1 score.  The hard-hitting visitors pounded out 15 hits, while the Bears managed only three hits - singles by Drake, Rogers, and Reynolds - in an anemic offensive performance. 

Manning struck out four batters, walked none, and allowed three earned runs.   

Butler bounced back on Wednesday, May 16, handing Breckinridge County a 2-0 defeat.  The Bears had four hits, including a double by Drake and singles by Rogers (2-RBI, stolen base), Clark, and Peach.

Manning gave up five hits and no runs, while striking out four batters and walking three.  

Reynolds slides into second

Finally, in its last regular season game, Butler County came from behind to defeat Warren East 6-4 on Saturday, May 19. The Bears had seven hits in the game.  Rogers (RBI) and Drake (RBI) both had doubles.  Drake, Reynolds (2), Manning (RBI) and Kassie Phelps all singled.  

Manning gave up nine hits and one earned run.  She struck out one batter.    

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Butler County defeated Edmonson County 8-3 on Tuesday, May 22, in the first round of the 12th District Tournament at Whitesville.  The Bears will play for the 12th District Championship on Thursday at 6 p.m.    

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