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SHEPHERDSVILLE - The 2012 season for the Bullitt Central Cougars has been inconsistent and last week it took a downward turn as the maroon and gray last three games by lopsided scores.
Coach G.J. Moore’s team was outscored 32-3 as their record dropped to 11-15 for the season. Adding to the frustration was the fact that after the three losses, the Cougars had a good practice on Thursday and then started strongly against John Hardin a day later only to have the game stopped in the third inning by rain.
The first loss came on Monday when Bullitt Central dropped an 8-0 decision at Spencer County. This was the second time that the Cougars lost to Spencer County this season.
“We left two on base in the first inning and then it was all down hill from there,” Moore said over the weekend. “We had some hard hit balls, but otherwise we just stunk it up.”
John Larison started the game for the Cougars and took the loss with four innings of work. Ben Parker came in and pitched two innings.
Bullitt Central had just three hits in the game.
A day later, the Cougars had nothing for Southern in a district game. Bullitt Central was already assured of competing in the play-in game no matter the outcome in this game so there was no reason for the Cougars to show their best.
The only offense for Bullitt Central against Southern starter J.R. Belt was a home run by Cody Powell in the first inning and then an RBI single by Powell later in the game.
“They hit it pretty well,” Moore admitted. We could not put anything together against Belt. He throws it hard, but straight.”
Bullitt Central could also not get Belt out at the plate as the Trojan senior hit a home run and doubled twice in five innings.
Josh Whitehall was the starting pitcher and took the loss, although, Moore did not think that he pitched that poorly.
“It wasn’t so much errors, but plays that we should have made, but didn’t,” the coach said. “We had no fight in us.”
It didn’t get any better on Wednesday as the Cougars fell to Oldham County 12-1. This one was over early as starting pitcher Jasen Davis got just one out. Oldham County scored xx runs on only one hit against Davis.
“It was all errors and walks,” Moore lamented. “We had seven errors.
“This was a low point in the season,” the coach added. “We’ve played some bad games this year, but none worse than this one.”
Bullitt Central finally got a day to practice on Thursday and Moore did get their attention. The Cougars came out better focused against John Hardin and had a strong outing going before the game was halted by heavy rain.
“We had a team meeting and ironed some things out,” Moore said of Thursday’s practice. “Then we start playing well and it rains. That has been the story of our season.”
Bullitt Central will be at home on Thursday to take on Nelson County before the Cougars head into Jefferson County to play Fern Creek on Saturday.