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BC struggles minus Minyard

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Softball

By Mike Farner

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - A twinge in the arm of starting pitcher Seaera Minyard led to a long week for the Bullitt Central Lady Chargers as they dropped three games by lopsided scores.

    While the loss of a player as good as Minyard would hurt any team, playing without her affected other players more than it should have according to Lady Cougar head coach Buddy Gallemore.

    “It affects our line-up all around,” the coach said. “It affects the girls in the field also. We have to learn to play with other pitchers in the circle. Our confidence level is not where it should be with other pitchers.”

    Gallemore was hoping that Minyard could return to action this week.

    That action left Bullitt Central with a 1-6 record heading into a busy week of games during spring break week including a trip to a tournament at Edmonson County High School.

    “At this point we’re not taking anyone lightly,” Gallemore said. “We have to hit and play defense. Our pitchers are putting the ball in there, but our defense is not making plays behind them.”

    The lost week started with a 14-3 loss to Male at home.

    Junior Kamber McKnight got the start on the mound when Minyard felt a twinge in her arm during warm-ups. Male finished with 18 hits in a game that last just five innings.

    Bullitt Central countered with eight hits including three hits off the bat of sophomore Sarah Spurling which also included a double. Hailey Szpila added two hits to the total.

    Against LaRue County on Wednesday, Bullitt Central scored a run in the top of the first inning and still had that lead until the bottom of the fourth. The Lady Hawks then scored nine runs over three innings to secure a 9-3 victory.

    Szpila got the start this time and worked the first five innings before McKnight pitched the last two frames.

    Bullitt Central finished with six hits including two off the bat of Spurling.

    Spurling has started the spring on fire and has been moved to the lead-off spot in the order.

    “She is starting to come on,” Gallemore said of the sophomore. “She is slapping it. She has her timing down slapping it. I didn’t start her the first game, but I’ve moved her to the top of the line-up. She is putting it in play.”

    The week ended on the road with a 10-0 loss to John Hardin. Bullitt Central did not have a hit in the loss.

    McKnight was the starting pitcher and worked five innings, allowing 14 hits.

    Bullitt Central will be on the road all of spring break. The maroon and gray will play at Bardstown on Wednesday and then travel south to take on Barren County on Thursday. The team will stay in the area and then take part in the Edmonson County Invitational on Friday and Saturday.