Fillies lose to Bullitt East twice in McDonald’s Classic, beat Paris

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By Mike Aldridge

The McDonald’s Classic softball tournament held Friday and Saturday at Shirley Field featured teams from Casey County, Paris, Bourbon County, Mason County and Bullitt East along with the host Fillies.  
One thing for sure, Coach Christine Garnett can never be accused of setting an easy road for her team as she opened with the sixth region powerhouse Lady Chargers of Bullitt East.  
The 20-6 Lady Chargers had their hands full with the Fillies as the game was scoreless through three innings before Bullitt East scored in the top of the fourth. The Fillies came right back to tie in the bottom of the fifth, but gave up another run in the sixth to fall 2-1 to the Lady Chargers.  
Harrison County came back on Saturday to handle the Paris Lady Hounds by a 13-2 mercy rule count to improve their record to 8-13.  
The Fillies gathered 12 hits in the game led by Ashley Coppage, who was three for four with a home run and five RBI’s.  
Jayla Barton, Lucy Boyers and Tracey Hicks each had two hits for the Fillies.  
Seventh grader Jami Davis pitched for the Fillies and limited the Lady Hounds to two hits as regular starter Hicks was rested.
The second game Saturday brought the Bullitt East Lady Chargers in to face the Fillies again.  
Once again it was a tremendous ball game as Hicks was masterful pitching a shutout for five innings.  
The Fillies took a lead in the fourth pushing across one run. But in the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Chargers scored on a bloop single that drove in two with two outs to again best the Fillies 2-1.  
Monday night the Fillies headed north for a district game with Pendleton County’s Lady Cats.  
After getting off to a slow start, the Fillies scored 16 runs in the third inning to win by the mercy rule 20-2.  
Tiffany Snider, Hicks and catcher Morgan Florence each had three hits to lead the Fillies 15-hit attack.  
Boyers and Coppage each drove in four runs to spearhead the scoring barrage.  
Jami Davis gave up only one hit in pitching her team past the district rival. The Fillies record now stands at 9-14 while Pendleton County is 1-14.