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SHEPHERDSVILLE - There was only one game for the Bullitt Central Cougars over spring break, but it was a positive event as the maroon and gray rallied to beat Pendleton County in nine innings.
Bullitt Central head coach G.J. Moore took his team to Cincinnati on Monday of last week and the team watched the Reds take on the Cardinals that night. The team then stayed in northern Kentucky and took on Pendleton County on Tuesday.
The Cougars trailed 3-0 after five innings, but then scored twice in the sixth before forcing extra innings with a run in the seventh. Bullitt Central then turned the lights out with three runs in the top of the ninth.
The win on the mound went to senior Johnny Larison who came in and pitched to the minimum number of batters in the bottom of the ninth.
Jake Whitehall was the starting pitcher for the Cougars and he worked four and two thirds innings, allowing only two hits, but being on the hook for all three runs. Brad Combs came in for three and a third innings and allowed just one hit and no runs with four strikeouts.
“That was a good team we beat,” Moore said later. “They were solid. That was a good win for us.”
Bullitt Central had nine hits in the game, all singles. Both Damon Shepherd and Matt Singleton had two hits while Dillon Neal drove in three of the runs.
In that ninth inning, Jasen Davis started the rally with a single and after an out, Zack McCauley came on as a pinch-hitter and singled. Bullitt Central then went ahead for good when Dylan singled home both runners. Casey Goins then plated an insurance run with a single.
After starting the season 1-6, Bullitt Central has won five of its last six to pull within a game of the .500 mark.
“The pitching kept us in that one,” Moore said. “It was nothing fantastic, but it kept us in the game. We’re staying close enough to win games. It’s much better pitching (then the team had in the first two weeks of the season).”
The Cougars swing back into a full slate of games this week including two games against district rivals. They played at home against Bullitt East on Tuesday and will travel to Fairdale on Thursday.
“It’s a big week for us,” Moore noted. “We need to get at least one of those games. We want to stay out of that lead-in game (in the five-team district tournament in May).”