Cougars win one, but loses two to the elements

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - There are still a lot of questions to be answered about the 2011 high school baseball season, but one thing we know for sure is that the Bullitt Central Cougars are no mailmen.

In two games that got started last week, the Cougars couldn’t finish one because of darkness and another was stopped because of freezing rain.

Other than that, it was a good opening week for Bullitt Central. There was the 7-7 tie with North Hardin on Monday that was stopped after five innings because of darkness. The maroon and gray finished the week with an 11-5 win over Seneca sandwiched around a 15-3 loss to Waggener and an 8-6 setback to Spencer County.

“We wanted to get out of the week with a winning record,” first-year Bullitt Central head coach GJ Moore said over the weekend. “We could have won on Saturday (a game the Cougars led in the third inning when the drizzle turned into an ice storm).

“I was pleased with the way we hit the ball,” the coach added. “We had a bad defensive week. That was one thing I didn’t think we would have a problem with, but it was a problem.”

The week did start with the 7-7 tie with North Hardin as senior Josh Wood got the start on the mound. North Hardin jumped on top 5-0 before Bullitt Central scored seven straight runs before the Trojans scored twice in the top of the fifth.

The first complete game of the season was a disappointing setback to Waggener. The Wildcats scored seven times in the top of the first and never looked back.

Bullitt Central had only three hits in the game with doubles by Wood and Damon Shepherd.

The win came on Thursday when the Cougars scored seven times in the bottom of the second and rolled past visiting Seneca 11-5.

Sophomore Bradley Combs was the starting pitcher and he picked up the win with four innings of work. He allowed only two hits and none of the three runs scored with him on the mound were earned.  Jasen Davis pitched the final two innings.

The Cougars finished with 12 hits including three hits off the bad of Shepherd. Both Tanner Freeman and Combs blasted home runs Freeman also had a double as he drove home five runs. Bullitt Central also got a triple and a double by Ben Parker as well as two hits by Jacob Muncy.

On Friday, Bullitt Central had a 6-3 lead on Spencer County before the Bears scored a run in the sixth before taking over the game with four runs in the seventh. Parker pitched a strong game before tiring in the seventh. Junior John Larison came on and got the last two outs.

The Cougars finished with six hits in the game including two hits from Matt Singleton. Muncy added to the offense with a double. Bullitt Central did hurt themselves by leaving eight runners on base.

Bullitt Central will continue to play at home this week including a contest against 2010 state runner-up Butler on Thursday in a game slated for 5 p.m.