SHEPHERDSVILLE - With a team that starts just about as many middle school players as it does high school players, the Bullitt Central Lady Cougars needed an early season confidence boost.
The maroon and gray got just that to open the 2009 season on Tuesday when they blew past visiting Doss 16-0. The game last just three innings as Bullitt Central scored 12 times in the first inning and then four more in the bottom of the second. The Lady Cougars did not even bat in the bottom of the third.
The game was the first ever for Bullitt Central on its new field located behind Riverview High School.
Bullitt Central played again on Friday at Pleasure Ridge Park, falling to the defending Sixth Region champions 6-0. The other games last week were canceled due to poor field conditions.
The team just got a big boost from the explosive opener.
“What was the confidence boost was the way we hit the ball,” Bullitt Central head coach Buddy Gallemore said over the weekend. “Scoring 16 runs is good, but 15 hits is what I’m pleased with.”
The 15-hit attack included four hits for extra bases. Freshman Seaera Minyard had a triple and a double in the win while junior Logan Wood had three hits, including a triple. The other extra base hit was by senior Brandi Tarrance, who had a double in a two-hit attack. The Lady Cougars also got two hits each from eighth-grader Selena Yunt and sophomore Kamber McKnight.
Minyard, who pitched some varsity games for the Lady Cougars a year ago, was the winning pitcher in the opener. She allowed only one hit and eight of the nine outs she recorded were via strike-outs. She did walk two, but did not hit a batter.
Against Pleasure Ridge Park, the Lady Cougars ran into a team with a little more experience. The defending Sixth Region champions scored two runs in each of the first two innings and then coasted to the victory.
Minyard once again did the pitching and worked a complete game. She allowed just four hits and only one of the runs was earned as Bullitt Central committed four errors. She had one strike out and walked two.
Offensively, the Lady Cougars had just two hits and both of those were infield singles. Each of those came in the fourth inning, but the hits by Hailey Szpila and Yunt were with two outs and the runners got no further than second base.
It was a good showing but Gallemore doesn’t want his team settling for just playing well.
“I’m not one much for moral victories,” the coach said. “But, we are a young team and allowing just one earned run playing against the defending Sixth Region winner is pretty good.”
Playing that first game on the new field this week was also a positive.
“It was great,” Gallemore said. “We did have to cancel the next day (because of rain). The biggest problem is in the outfield. The water has to find its way out of the outfield.”
Despite it being spring break, the Lady Cougars have two big games this week. On Tuesday they played host to North Bullitt in the first intra-county clash of the season. On Thursday the maroon and gray will take on Fairdale.
Both of those 24th District games will start at 5 p.m.