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Lady Cougars stay hot, ready for post-season

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Softball

By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt Central Lady Cougars got in the final tune-ups for the post-season last week as the maroon and gray went 2-1 to finish the regular season with a school record 23-8 record.

Coach Buddy Gallemore’s team opened 24th District play on Tuesday of this week against North Bullitt in one semi-final. The championship game is set for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

The only loss last week came on Monday when the Lady Cougars traveled to Elizabethtown and lost a 4-0 decision to Central Hardin. Twice Bullitt Central left runners on second and third in the loss.

Senior pitcher Seaera Minyard took the loss as all four of the runs were earned. She gave up nine hits while striking out six and walking one.

The Lady Cougars’ offense produced just four hits with two of those coming off the bat of senior Whitney Miller.

Bullitt Central got back to its winning ways a day later as they rolled past Spencer County 10-0. All 10 of the runs were scored over the first three innings, including six runs in the first frame.

Minyard once again got the decision as she allowed five hits and did not walk a batter.

Bullitt Central finished with seven hits, including a double off the bat of sophomore Haley Dukes in the first inning that drove home three runners. Minyard helped her own cause with three hits.

The final game of the regular season came on Friday as the Lady Cougars crushed visiting Atherton 12-2 on Senior Night.

Minyard, in her final game at home, allowed only two hits and neither of the runs was earned as she struck out nine and did not walk a batter.

Bullitt Central finished with 13 hits in the win,  including a triple from Sara Noble and a double by Hailey Szpila. Noble collected three hits and drove in four runs. The team’s two seniors, Minyard and Miller, each had two hits, as did Darian Deaver and Shelby Ross.

“The 23 wins is the most we have had,” Gallemore said. “The last time we got 20 wins, we had 21 but lost in the first round of the district. The first game is win or go home. Everybody is 0-0.”