Bullitt Central ready for a few days off to reenergize

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - After playing ten games over the first ten days of the season, the Bullitt Central Lady Cougars were happy to see the first break of the regular season.

Coach Buddy Gallemore’s team was starting to show the weariness late last week which ended with a 5-0 setback to Spencer County in a contest in which the Lady Cougars did not get a hit

“It kind of went downhill at the end,” Gallemore said over the weekend. The coach gave his team four days off before they returned to practice on Tuesday to prepare for a weekend tournament in Clarksville, Tennessee on Friday and Saturday.

“We needed some time off,” the coach pointed out. “I don’t want to make excuses, but we played ten games in ten days. We were getting kind of tired and cranky. We have been going every day since Feb. 15.”

After playing four games the previous weekend at a tournament in Brandenburg, the Lady Cougars were back on the field at home on Monday as they battled Butler, a Sixth Region semi-finalist last season.

Bullitt Central scored a run in the bottom of the first and score stood until the Bearettes scored a pair of runs in the sixth inning. After Bullitt Central tied the game in the bottom of the inning, the visitors exploded for five runs in the last inning en route to a 7-3 victory.

“We were trying to pitch them a certain way and they caught on,” Gallemore said of the late inning problems. “When they adjusted they started getting hits. That’s what an experienced team does.”

Junior Seaera Minyard did all the pitching for the Lady Cougars with six of the runs earned.

Bullitt Central collected nine hits in the game, but left 11 runners on base. Senior Rachel Basil hit a home run in the seventh inning while freshman haley Dukes had a pair of doubles. Minyard also had a double in the loss.

The outcome was not as promising later in the week when the maroon and gray lost to Sacred Heart 11-1. The achilles’ heel in this game were six Bullitt Central errors.

Minyard did the pitching and while the Valykries had 13 hits, only five of the runs were earned. 

“It kind of snowballed,” Gallemore said of the defensive situation. “Hitting is contagious and defensive errors can be the same.”

The Lady Cougars finished with four hits including a double by Basil. Minyard collected two hits and had the only RBI.

It was just not a good day for the Lady Cougars on Thursday as they were no-hit by Spencer County in a 5-0 loss.

“We went to the plate thinking we could hit this girl because we had beaten her before,” Gallemore said. “We were overconfident and tried to hit five-run home runs with nobody on base.”

Minyard took the loss as she worked into the seventh inning. The junior took a shot off her knee and left in the seventh. Hailey Szpila came on and pitched the final frame.

Basil is the only senior for the Lady Cougars this season and the inexperience has shown at times during the 3-7 start.

“They have confidence, but it doesn’t always show,” the coach said. “When we play good, everybody plays good. When we don’t play so good, it sort of rubs off on everyone. We have to learn to play through that.”