SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A week earlier, Bullitt Central softball coach Buddy Gallemore was lamenting his team’s inability to win close ball games.
What a difference a week makes. The Lady Cougars did a much better job of getting the key hit at key times as they won three of five games last week including a 7-5 victory over Southern.
“We did a great job of coming up with key hits at key times,” Gallemore said over the weekend. “In the win over Powell County we just figured out how to win. This will boost our confidence going into the last two weeks of the season.
“The way we played, we feel better about ourselves,” the coach added. We feel good about our chances.”
During the week, Bullitt Central had the win over Southern and then lost a tough 1-0 game to Eastern. On Friday, the team headed to Harrison County for a six-team tournament and the Lady Cougars finished third as they lost to the host school, 5-3, and then beat Powell County 3-2 and Bourbon County 6-4.
The Monday game against Southern was the second meeting between the two teams this spring. Southern had taken the first one 4-2, but the Lady Cougars reversed that this time, scoring the first seven runs and then holding on for the 7-5 victory.
Seaera Minyard had a complete game victory as she allowed only seven hits. Only one of the runs was earned. The freshman walked just one batter and had three strike-outs.
Minyard also helped her own cause as she had a triple Bullitt Central had six hits in the game including two by Haley Szpila who drove in two of the runs.
Bullitt Central scored three times in the first and added a run in the third before added three more in the fourth. Southern got back in the game with four runs in the fourth and had one more in the bottom of the seventh.
“It was a good victory for us,” Gallemore said. “We needed something to boost our confidence.”
On Wednesday, Gallemore was able to add a game to the schedule against Eastern. The only run in the game was scored by the Lady Eagles in the top of the fourth.
Minyard suffered the loss despite only allowing four hits. She did not walk a batter and sruck out six.
Bullitt Central’s only hit was a single by Katie Hutchison.
For the first time a long time, a Bullitt County team opted not to take Derby weekend off as the Lady Cougars headed east to the McDonald’s Classic at Harrison County. The maroon and gray posted a 2-1 record.
The only loss came in the first game as Gallemore’s team fell behind 5-0 and then scored three times in the top of the sixth inning.
Bullitt Central had six hits in the game and four of those came in the sixth frame. Hutchison had two hits. Logan Wood and Brandy Tarrance each had RBI singles in the sixth and Szpila drove in the other run with a sacrifice.
Minyard started the game in the circle but only went four innings, coming out after allowing back-to-back home runs. Kamber McKnight came in and did a fine job, allowing only one hit in two innings of work.
On Saturday, the Lady Cougars got back in the winning format as they beat Powell County 4-3.
Powell County tied the game with a run in the top of the fifth.
Throughout the game, Gallemore had been complaining to the umpires after the Powell County pitcher not presenting the ball before going into her wind-up. In the seventh McKnight walked and moved up on a sacrifice by Hutchison. Szpila then sacrificed McKnight to third. The game then ended when the umpire called an illegal pitch, sending McKnight home.
Minyard was the winning pitcher as she allowed six hits and two earned runs. The freshman struck-out six and walked two.
Bullitt Central had only three hits in the win and two of those were off the bat of Selena Yunt.
In the third-place game of the tournament, Bullitt Central scored trhee times in the top of the seventh inning to beat Bourbon County 6-4.
The seven opened with a single by Whitney Miller and after a steal, she scored on Hutchison’s single. Szpila followed with a sacrifice that resulted in an error. The same thing happened to Wood and that loaded the bases. Tarrance then singled home two runs.
Bullitt Central struck out 15 times in the game, but also had seven hits and walked three times. Minyard had a double and Wood had two singles to lead the offense.
Minyard got the win in another complete game. Three of the four runs were erned and she struck out eight and walked three as she allowed five hits.
That action left Bullitt Central with a 9-13 record with two weeks remaining in the regular season.