March 16th, 2017
Rockets fall to Bullitt East in slugfest
Assumption’s 25th-ranked softball team isn’t going to frown upon Thursday night’s 15-11 loss to visiting ninth-ranked Bullitt East.
“Our bats were hot tonight, there was nothing cold about our play,” Assumption head coach Lisa Pinkston said. “I think what it comes down to is where we took two innings off on defense. If you take the second and third innings out of the equations we come out on top. We just have to do a better job of shoring up our defense.”
With the cold chill, it wasn’t the prettiest of games with Bullitt East (1-0) making four errors while the Rockets (1-1) committed six errors.
“We need to trust each other more out in the field,” Assumption third baseman Sydney Young said. “We need play together better.”
The Rockets jumped out a 3-1 lead but the Lady Chargers plated five runs in the second inning and seven runs in the third inning to lead 13-6 after three innings.
“I think I learned that I have to be a better player for my team,” Assumption’s Braxton Downs said. “I have to work on being a better teammate on the field. But when I look back at what I did at the plate by getting those hits helped my team. We’re a work in progress. We’re super young, when we grow, we will be better.”
Bullitt East scored two runs the rest of the way and that was enough to fend off the Rockets two run fourth inning and one run sixth inning.
“Six of our nine players on the field were freshmen and sophomores,” Pinkston said. “I think from this game we know we’re young and we just need experience. That’s all they need. We scored 11 runs against arguably the best pitcher in the state. We’re just a bunch of freshmen and sophomores trying to find out way. I look at this as a moral victory.”
University of Louisville commit Taylor Roby started in the circle for Bullitt East and tossed a complete game allowing 11 hits while striking out two and walking two.
“Coming into the game we knew we had to stay back and honor her so we could see the ball better,” Young said.
Sophomore Ashton Dowdy was making just her second start after not pitching since middle school and allowed 12 hits while striking out two and walking five, three were intentional to Roby.
“Ashton hasn’t pitched since she was 12 years old,” Pinkston said. “She has stepped up to the challenge and is handling it beautifully. She mature and has done an excellent job for us.”
Maddie Klefot led the Chargers with four hits, Lindsay Renneisen had two hits and two RBIs, Hannah Dahl recorded three hits and drove in a run, Jenna Rueve recorded two hits and had four runs batted in, and Karley Dawson finished with three hits and three RBIs.
“I really like being one of the older players,” Assumption junior second baseman Jordan Ridge said. “I like coaching them up. I help them a bit and it’s a lot of fun.”
Sarah Metzger, Downs, and Young paced the Rockets with two hits and two RBIs apiece, Ridge blasted a two-run home run to center field in the second inning, Joella Castillo had two hits, Abby Bentley finished with one hit, and Maggie Metzger had a hit and walked twice.
“It was low and inside,” Ridge said of her home run. “I had two strikes so I knew I had to battle and hit the ball hard. It just happened to be a home run.”