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SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt Central softball coach Buddy Gallemore wanted to face tough competition this season and his team did just that over the first week of the 2011 season.
Unfortunately, the tough slate bit back as the Lady Chargers finished the first week of the season with a 3-4 record. The good news as that Bullitt Central was competitive with very strong teams even in the losses.
The season started on a high note as the Lady Cougars went into Louisville and beat Manual 4-0 behind the pitching of junior Seaera Minyard. She did allow eight hits, but struck out eight and did not allow a walk.
Bullitt East answered with five hits including a double by Minyard. Rachel Basil, the team’s only senior, collected two hits.
A day later it was a tough loss for the Lady Cougars as they fell to Martha Layne Collins 5-4 in a game in which all nine runs were scored one an inning.
Bullitt Central managed to knot the score at 4-4 with a run in the top of the seventh. Minyard single and was bunted to second before coming home on a single by Dana Johnson.
Collins then won the game in the bottom of the inning on a double and a single by the first two batters that Minyard faced.
Bullit Central had eight hits in the game including a double by Hailey Szpila. Minyard finished with three hits while both Natalie Campbell and Johnson had two hits.
It was all Bullitt Central on Thursday as they ripped Jeffersontown 16-1 in a game that only last until early in the fourth frame.
Bullitt Central finished with 17 hits including three by Basil who finished with five RBis. Six of the hits went for extra bases including five triples. Haley Dukes had three hits while Minyard had two.
Minyard was the winning pitcher as she worked three innings before Szpila came on to pitch the top of the fourth.
The tough competition started on Friday when the Lady Cougars traveled to Meade County for the TSOA Tournament.
Bullitt Central opened pool play with a 6-4 setback to Central Hardin and then fell to Breckinridge County 11-4. The only win of the weekend came in the bracket part of the event as the Lady Cougars downed LaRue County 10-1. The end of the tourney came with a 5-2 loss to Scott County.
Minyard did all the pitching for the Lady cougars in the tournament.
“When you play the upper echelon teams, they hit it harder and put more pressure on you,” Gallemore said. “We have to learn to play those type of teams.
“We were up 4-0 on Central Hardin in the first inning and could not close it out,” he added. “Against Scot County we were down 5-0 and scored twice and had runners on second and third, but could not get the big hit.”
Bullitt Central just needs to find some timely hitting.
“On offense we are leaving a bunch of runners on base,” the coach noted. “We’re not getting the timely hits. The defense will come around and get better.”
Bullitt Central did not make an error through the first three games of the season, but then had some trouble in that regard in the tournament.
“We just need to move a couple of people around and find the places where they need to be,” Gallemore concluded.
Bullitt Central will be at home on Thursday to face Spencer County before taking a few days off for spring break. The Lady Cougars will head to a tournament in Clarksville, Tennessee late next week for a tournament.