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Cougar baseball goes 2-2

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Baseball

By Mike Farner

  SHEPHERDSVILLE – The overall record is going to end up being the best it has been in over a decade, but it has still been a frustrating spring for Bullitt Central baseball coach GJ Moore.

His Cougars have played some good baseball. They have also played some bad baseball. The most frustrating part has been the fact that the coach never knows what to expect from his starting pitcher.

Not having enough pitching is part of the problem.

“It all goes back to not having enough pitching,” Moore said over the weekend after his team had posted a 2-2 mark last week. “Our pitching is just not consistent enough.

“We hit it OK, but we have left some guys on base,” the coach added. “We have to find ways to get them in. We could have gone 4-0 last week if we do that.

“We do good things,” Moore noted. “It is frustrating because we are more talented than we have shown.”

The week got off to a strong start as the Cougars blasted Central 10-5 behind the pitching of senior Matt Singleton. He worked the first five innings before Johnny Larison and Jake Whitehall each worked an inning in relief.

Bullitt Central’s offense responded with nine hits with five of those hits being doubles. Ben Parker, Cody Powell, Brad Combs, Tyler Bran and Jasen Davis each had a double while Parker, Combs and Bray each finished with two hits.

The Cougars also got some good news a day later when sophomore Zack McCauley had a good outing after missing several starts with soreness in his elbow. He pitched four innings as the Cougars beat Beth Haven 14-4.

McCauley allowed only one run over the four innings he worked. Whitehall pitched the last inning and gave up three runs.

At the plate, the Cougars pounded out 12 hits with ten of those going for extra bases. Parker had a big game with two triples and a double while Cody Powell had three doubles. Damon Shepherd, Combs, Davie and Bray each had a double. Both Shepherd and Bray finished with two hits.

The luck of the Cougars turned later in the week as they dropped a 5-3 decision to Nelson County. The Cardinals had a 3-1 lead and scored twice in the top of the seventh before Bullitt Central scored twice in the bottom of the frame.

“They had beaten us handily early in the season,” Moore noted. “We played well, but we left more on base. We left nine on base and the game ended with bases loaded. We just had no big hits.”

Parker pitched a strong game, but was collared with the loss. The junior worked six innings before McCauley came in and worked the last frame.

On offense, the Cougars finished with eight hits. Parker had a double and both Powell and Parker collected two hits.

The luck was no better on Saturday as the Cougars dropped a 6-5 decision to Fern Creek in a game played in a steady drizzle. Bullitt Central left six runners on base in this game.

Combs got the start for the Cougars, but he lasted only into the third inning. Whitehall was called on to pitch the rest of the game and took the loss.

Bullitt Central finished with seven hits including a double by Combs. Both Dillon Neal and Combs had two hits.

That action left Bullitt Central with a 13-17 record.

This is the final week of the regular season. Bullitt Central does have a change in the schedule as the game originally set for Friday at John Hardin has now been moved to Thursday.

Bullitt Central will then open 24th District play on Monday when they take on Fairdale in a game set for 5:30 p.m. at North Bullitt.