Softball Preview: BCHS Bears sprint into 2019 season
The 2019 high school softball season is underway in Kentucky and the Butler County Bears have played nine games so far, sporting a 6-3 record.
Butler County picked up wins against Todd County Central, Presentation, Hopkinsville,McLean County, and Trinity - a 12th District opponent. Losses were to Logan County, Daviess County (preseason ranked 14th) and the Louisville Male (preseason ranked #1).
A trio of experienced seniors are leading the ways for the Bears. They are pitcher Kylee Smith, centerfielder Dixie Garnier, and second baseman Amber Thacker.
Rounding out the starting varsity squad are juniors Hannah Chaney (catcher), Haley Peach (1B/DP), Bayleigh Alford (RF), and Ashley Thacker (3B).
Sophomores include Aleace Hall (LF), Aubrey Clark (1B/DP) and Autumn Proctor (SS).
At the varsity level, Allie Hunt (P/IF), Evyn Frazier (P/1B), and Andrea Deweese (IF/C), bring added depth to the varsity team, as do others on the junior varsity squad.
Two freshmen - Bella Akers and Carley Jones - are doing double time as both are players in the JV and freshman teams.
Audrey Deweese (IF), Conley Moore (IF/OF), Leslee Washer (P/IF/OF), Olivia Austin (OF), Jess Embry (OF) also help anchor the JV squad.
2019 team captains are Kylee Smith, Amber Thacker, Bayleigh Alford, and Hannah Chaney,
For the first time, Butler County has a stand-along freshman team with Coach Colten Cardwell at the helm.
Freshmen Kaylee Dockery and Autumn Gidcumb (along with Akers and Jones) join a group of 7th & 8th graders to comprise the team.
They are eighth graders Cheani Schroeder, MacKenzie Coleman, Avery Gleason, Mackenzie Tyree, Lydia Decker, Cheyanne Elmore
7th graders are Madison Clark, Karlee Cameron, Mia Thomas, and Addison Miller.
All three squads have round-robin tournaments at home this year and a relatively full schedule of games.
The BCHS head coach is John Embry, now in his 18th year. Assistant coaches are Diane Dyer (also 18 years in), Brent Clark, Amy Rogers (former BCHS and Lindsey Wilson player), and Colten Cardwell.
The Bears play in the always competitive 12th District with Edmonson County, Grayson County and Trinity (Whitesville).
"We have a great group of young ladies who have been working hard for a while now," said head coach John Embry. "From freshmen to varsity we have strong numbers with 32 players on three squads. We are looking forward to a fun and successful season."
Photos by Laurie Keen