Central’s hitting still on the cold side

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – With the bad weather this winter, Bullitt Central baseball coach G.J. Moore was worried his team’s hitting would trail the pitching, at least early in the season.

The worries turned out to be well founded as the Cougars struggled to make contact over the first 10 days of the season. The lack of offense led to a 1-4 start to the season.

“Offensively, we’re off to a real slow start,” Moore said on Sunday. “We’re not hitting at all. That’s an understatement. But, the pitching has been pretty good. The pitching has been good enough to win.

“Still, we thought we would have to rely on defense and pitching so we spent a lot of time working on that,” the coach added. “We’ll have to go back and work on our hitting.”

The only win for the Cougars came in the opening game as they defeated Thomas Nelson 4-3. The game was actually moved up three days to avoid some expected bad weather.

Thomas Nelson is coached by former Bullitt Central player Brian Coffman.

Senior Kyle Hoskins got the start for the Cougars, but despite working the first five innings, did not get the decision. The win went to Logan Koch, who pitched the sixth inning and despite giving up a run that tied the game at 3-3, was the pitcher of record in the bottom of the inning when Bullitt Central scored the winning run.

Senior Jayme Curtis pitched the seventh inning to get the save.

The winning run scored when Michael Harris reached on an error and then moved up on a single by Nic Caswell. Harris then scored on Koch’s ground-out.

Bullitt Central only had three hits in the game and two of those were by Caswell. Both Caswell and Tyler Bray had doubles.

Against North Hardin, Bullitt Central had nothing in a 14-3 loss in a game that lasted just five innings. The visiting Trojans scored 13 runs in the third inning and never looked back.

The Cougars again had just three hits, but did get a double from Bray.

Last week started with a disappointing 7-4 loss to Fern Creek. The Cougars were up 3-0 after three innings but then a dropped fly ball led to the Tigers scoring five times in the fourth inning to grab the momentum.

Cameron Dukes was the starting pitcher and suffered the loss despite allowing just five hits.

“He didn’t pitch badly,” Moore said. “We just had the dropped ball. We shouldn’t have gotten down.”

Bullitt Central did have six hits in this game including two by Dukes. Both Curtis and Bray recorded doubles.

There was more frustration later in the week as Bullitt Central dropped a 6-5 decision to unbeaten Atherton. The Cougars were up 5-2 and had two outs in the sixth inning before the Rebels scored four times to claim the win.

“That was a tough one,” Moore lamented.

Hoskins was the starting pitcher and worked four innings. Dakota Mason took the loss as he worked the fifth and sixth innings.

Bullitt Central’s pitchers did not give up a walk.

“They hit it,” Moore pointed out. “We didn’t lose, they just won it. It’s kind of frustrating when you had it like we did then.”

Atherton had eight hits in the win including three doubles by one hitter. Bullitt Central mustered just five hits with both Dukes and Bray having two hits. Dukes and Curtis each had a double.

On Saturday, the Cougars hosted Oldham County and were competitive before losing 6-2. The game was tied at 1-1 before the Colonels blasted a three-run home run in the top of the third inning.

“That took the wind out of us,” Moore said.

Bullitt Central had just four hits in this game including a double by Harris.

Caswell was the starting pitcher and worked the first four innings. Dukes and Mason also worked down the stretch.

“We’re not far off,” Moore said of winning games. “We played quality teams. The Atherton game did escape us. The hitting just can’t get any worse.”

Bullitt Central had games on Monday and Tuesday of this week in preparation for a game on Thursday at Bullitt East. That will be the only game between the two schools during the regular season.

Game time in Mount Washington is set for 5 p.m.