Butler moves into the Final Four

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Butler did something very few teams do in the in the Owensboro Health/KHSAA Fast Pitch Softball State Tournament and that was win four games Friday at Jack Fisher Park after losing their opening round game.

And, that happened, so the Bearettes are back where they started, and will play East Carter, the team who beat them Thursday, in the semifinals Friday morning.

Game one: Butler 6, Ryle 4

The Bearettes overcame a 1-0 deficit to take down Ryle to start the day despite allowing three runs over the final two innings.

Alyssa Brock led Butler with two hits including a bomb and three runs batted in. Carley Ziegler and Kyndal Tinnell had two hits and an RBI.  Courtney Abbott had a hit and an RBI and Katelyn Templeman had Emily Williams both had a hit.

Sadie Werner started in the circle and allowed one run, one earned, six hits, struck five, and walked three. Ziegler tossed two innings and gave up three runs, two hits, struck out two and walked two.

Maclai Branson led Ryle with three hits and three RBIs including a homer. Grace Morgan, Anna Tashijan had two hits, Hannah Bishop had one hit, and Macai Dickerson had an RBI.

Bishop started and threw 4 and 2/3 innings and allowed six runs, eight hits, and struck out two. Creech pitched 1 and 1/3 innings in relief and gave up one hit.

Game two: Butler 6, Oldham County 3

The Bearettes stormed out to a 6-0 lead by the fifth inning and the Lady Colonels were never able to recover.

Greenwell led Butler with three hits, Werner had two hits and two runs batted in, Ziegler had two hits, Tinnell had one hit, Curtis had one hit and two runs batted in, Emily Templeman and Rigdon both had one hit, and Brock had one hit and an RBI.

Ziegler started and three runs, two earned, four hits, and walked one. Werner pitched four innings and didn’t give up a run and allowed two hits, struck out four, and walked three.

Taylor Sheller led Oldham County with two hits, Elana Ornelas had one hit and drove in a run, Amaya Wuthrich had a hit and an RBI, and Kayley Batts, Taylor Jackson had an RBI, and Madison David had a hit.

Kalee Rose tossed a complete game and gave up six runs, six earned, 12 hits, struck out one, and walked three.

Game three: Butler 7, Ballard 4

The Bearettes went up 4-1 in the first two innings and never looked back despite the Bruins making a push scoring three runs in the sixth.

Anna Greenwell led Butler with two hits and two RBIs, Sadie Werner had one hit and drove in one-run, Carley Ziegler had one hit and one RBI, Courtney Abbott had two hits, Alyssa Brock had two hits and one RBI, and Kennadi Thompson had one hit and one RBI.

Werner started for the Bearettes and allowed four runs, one earned, six hits, struck out three, and walked seven in five innings. Ziegler gave up no runs and one hit in two innings.

Kristen Klimesh and Skylar Lee led Ballard with two hits apiece while Madison Alexander and Hayleigh Gnagie had a hit and an RBI each.

Allie Skaggs had a run batted in and Taylor Klumb had a hit.

Shelby Kelley started in the circle and gave up four runs, one earned, four hits, struck out two, and walked two. Sinnott finished the job and allowed three runs, one earned, five hits, struck out seven, and walked three.

Game four: Butler 4, Central Hardin 2

The Bearettes capped their day off by going up 4-1 by the fifth inning and never looked back after that to secure a spot in the Final Four with East Carter and winner’s bracket finalists Scott County and Warren East.

Abbott led the Butler offense with one hit and two runs batted in, Brock and Ziegler had one hit and one RBI while Thompson and Greenwell each had one hit.

Ziegler started in the circle and allowed one run and five hits and walked one. Werner gave up one run, seven hits, struck three, and walked four.

Angel Ashlock led Central Hardin with two hits and an RBI, Onnica Nichols had a hit and drove in a run, Bailey Richardson had four hits, Emily Bryant and Meredith Jones both had two hits, and Peyton Beger had one hit.

Kaci Goedde threw 5 and 2/3 innings and allowed two runs, two earned, and four hits. Eleecia Hager started in the circle and tossed 1/3 of an inning and gave up two runs, one hit, and walked one.