BC softball picking up steam

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A week after dropping a one-run decision to Bullitt East, the Bullitt Central Lady Cougars put themselves in position for the number two seed in the 24th District with a pair of powerful wins over Fairdale and Southern last week.

Unfortunately, getting to play that final game has become more problematic. On Monday, the third try at a Bullitt Central/North Bullitt game was postponed because of rain. At this point, no make-up date had been set but the teams have to play at some point over the next three weeks.

In the games the Lady Cougars did get to play last week, they were dominant as they beat Fairdale 17-2 on Tuesday and then crushed Southern 10-0 on Thursday.

Bullitt Central junior pitcher Seaera Minyard struck out nine batters in only four innings against Fairdale and then fanned ten against Southern. That gives her 33 strike-outs in her last three games.

“I think her pitches are starting to come together,” Bullitt Central head coach Buddy Gallemore said over the weekend. “She is hitting her spots. She can place it inside or outside. Her curve is hitting both corners.”

Against Fairdale, the Lady Cougars scored at least three runs in each of the four innings. The maroon and gray actually did all their damage after Fairdale had scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Bullitt Central posted three runs in the bottom of the first and then added five runs in the second and six in the third before posting three runs in the fourth to end the game on the ‘mercy’ rule.

Minyard worked all four inning and allowed only four hits. Neither of the runs was earned.

Bullitt Central’s offense pounded out 15 hits, but incredibly, the only extra base hit was a double by Rachel Basil. Natalie Campbell had four hits and drove home three runs. Basil, Whitney Miller, Dana Johnson and Hailey Szpila each had two hits.

Against Southern, Bullitt Central went on the road and played well at the site of the 24th District Tournament in late May.

The Lady Cougars scored three times in the top of the first and led 5-0 after three innings. They put the icing on the cake with four runs in the top of the seventh.

Minyard worked another complete game allowing only four hits. She finished with ten strike-outs and only three walks.

Bullitt Central collected 11 hits as they moved to 8-10 for the season. Basil, the team’s only senior, stayed hot with a triple and a double as she had three hits with three runs and three RBIs. The winners also got doubles from Minyard, Johnson and Darian Deaver. Both Deaver and Sarah Spurling finished with two hits.

The Lady Cougars are hoping for good weather later this week. The team has a game scheduled at Male on Thursday before they play host to part of the Bullitt County Invitational Softball Tournament on Friday and Saturday.