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Lady Cougars run win streak to eight games

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Softball

By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – While not playing a lot of games at this point in the season, the Bullitt Central Lady Cougars still ran their winning streak to eight games last week with two more victories.

The most important game of last week came on Tuesday when the maroon and gray rolled past 24th District foe Southern by a 5-1 count.  The Lady Cougars jumped on top with three runs in the bottom of the first inning and led 5-0 after three frames before turning the game over to senior pitcher Seaera Minyard.

Bullitt Central had seven hits in the game and all seven of the hits came from the top three batters in the line-up. Katie Hutchison had a double as she finished with three hits while Darian Deaver and Minyard each had two hits.

Minyard gave up six hits and the one run was earned. The senior finished with six strikeouts while walking just one batter.

The limited hitting to the top of the line-up was not a concern to head coach Buddy Gallemore.

“We had players contribute in other ways,” the coach said. “Hailey Szpila had a sac fly and Whitney Miller had a sac fly. They were driving in runs, but they were not getting hits and getting on base.”

Southern had already had a lopsided loss to North Bullitt this spring and did not have a win in district play, but Gallemore didn’t think his team overlooked the Lady Trojans.

“I don’t think it was that, but we might have put it on cruise control,” Gallemore said. “We had no errors and Seaera just made the one mistake and it hit the top of the fence.”

With the win, Bullitt Central finished 3-1 in district play and will have the number two seed for the 24th District Tournament which will start on May 21 at North Bullitt. The Lady Cougars will play North Bullitt in one semi-final.

Bullitt Central was back on the field on Thursday and turned in an 8-1 victory at North Oldham.

There was plenty of offense in this game as the Lady Cougars pounded out 12 hits including a two-run home run by sophomore Haley Dukes in the sixth inning. Bullitt Central also got doubles from Minyard and Hutchison. Both Szpila and Minyard collected three hits in the victory.

Minyard won again as she allowed only five hits. The one run was unearned as Minyard did not walk anyone as she struck out five.

Those two victories lifted Bullitt Central to a 16-6 mark for the season. The squad has had a lot of practice time in recent weeks.

“We’re just trying to refine a few things,” Gallemore said. “We’re not doing anything different. We just want to keep our edge with the hitting and pitching.”

Bullitt Central had the weekend off, but has a busy week planned. One big game is on Wednesday when the team travels into Louisville to take on Assumption, a team ranked among the top-10 teams in the state this season. Gallemore’s team will then play in a tournament on Friday and Saturday at Anderson County High School.