May 6th, 2019

Stellar night at the plate pushes Holy Cross past North Bullitt

Dalton Pence 

Staff Writer 

Stellar night at the plate pushes Holy Cross past North Bullitt
Cougars beat North Bullitt 17-0/ photo by Dalton Pence

The bats came alive for Holy Cross on Monday evening as they erupted for 18 hits in a 17-0 victory over North Bullitt. Only lasting four innings, the Cougars did not score less than three in any of them. 

“We came out and did what we were supposed to”, Holy Cross head coach Tony Young said. “We made some really good adjustments tonight that we hadn’t been making throughout the year.”
With the Owensboro Catholic tournament getting cancelled this past weekend, the Cougars were able to obtain some much needed rest after playing an eye-opening nine games in five days. “It was huge for us”, senior outfielder Kadi Weaver said.
Huge it was indeed; the effort started with Weaver driving in a pair to put Holy Cross on the board in the bottom of the first. Weaver would bring Maddie Wilson home in the bottom of the next inning, with Carson Goatley also tallying an RBI of her own. 
The floodgates opened in the third when Holy Cross scored on four consecutive at-bats, en route to a seven run inning. Maddi Gailor, Goatley, and Bella Velez each brought in with singles, and Weaver drove in two more right after that. 
Goatley’s 3-run home-run ended the game abruptly in the fourth inning. Weaver and Goatley led the way with five RBIs, followed by Velez and Gailor with two a piece, and Kaylee Whitted and Shalon O’Bryan with one each.
Maddie Emerson, Amber Kaufman, Weaver, Goatley, and Gailor all had multiple hits in the impressive outing. “I think we’re finally coming together”, Weaver explained. “We’re getting more confident and it makes it a lot more fun.”
In the circle, Bella Velez pitched a complete game shutout, recording five strikeouts and only giving up two hits. “Bella looked really good tonight”, Young added, “she’s making huge strides and we are going to need her down the stretch.”
North Bullitt drops to 11-12 and will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Breckenridge County. 
After winning the All “A” state title, the focus is now shifting towards the postseason. “It’s easy to keep them grounded”, Young explained. “They’re eager to prove themselves and that they belong on the big stages and in big games. That’s what we’re working towards right now.”
The Cougars move to a Sixth-Region best 24-2, and will compete in the Best of the West tournament in Bowling Green this weekend, with games against Lafayette, South Warren, Scott County, and McCracken County. 

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