BC's Minyard is perfect in victory

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2010 24th District Softball Tournament

By Mike Farner

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt Central pitcher Seaera Minyard was perfect on Monday in the first game of the 24th District Softball Tournament and that was more than enough for the Lady Cougars as they opened post-season play with a 15-0 victory over Fairdale.

    The game was halted as Bullitt Central was batting in the bottom of the fourth inning.

    The contest was long over before the ‘mercy’ rule was ever invoked. Minyard was in complete control as she retired all 12 batters that came to the plate. The sophomore finished with five strike-outs and only once did the count go to three balls.

    Bullitt Central centerfielder Selena Yunt made a running catch behind second base to end the second inning and shortstop Whitney Miller twice made long throws to nail runners at first in the fourth inning. Everything else was quite routine.

    The Lady Cougars had beaten Fairdale 12-0 during the regular season.

    The win moved the maroon gray into Tuesday’s showdown with Bullitt East, the top-seeded team in the tournament in the first semi-final. North Bullitt and Southern played in the second game.

    “In a game like this you need some good defensive plays and a little luck behind the plate,” Bullitt Central head coach Buddy Gallemore said of recording a perfect game.

    All Gallemore wanted from his team in this game was a little patience. A week earlier the Lady Cougars had met Bardstown for the second time in the regular season. The first win was a blow-out, but then it took four innings for Bullitt Central to get rolling in the second meeting.

    Bullitt Central did make two outs to open the game, but then scored a run in the first. The team then added four more runs in the bottom of the second and the rout was on.

    In fact, the maroon and gray scored the first five runs without a hit. Bullitt Central did not get a hit until Darian Deaver opened the third inning with a double to the fence in left field.

    The Fairdale pitcher walked 12 batters and hit another three Lady Cougars. The Lady Bulldog defense also made three errors.

    Deaver finished with two hits including the double. Yunt also had a double. Bullitt Central also got singles from Miller, Sarah Spurling and Minyard.

    “There were some times we took some hacks,” Gallemore said. “We were anxious. We wanted to hit so badly. We still have to be patient.”

    “Today was a new season and we were 0-0,” the coach concluded. “Tomorrow will be a new season. We have to play day-to-day.”