By DOUG EADS
Pulaski County’s march to a possible district and regional title could have hardly began in better fashion earlier this afternoon in the opening round of the Girl’s 47th District Softball Tournament.
Brad Gover’s club banged out 11 hits, took advantage of five Casey County errors and seven walks, and for good measure, the Lady Maroons’ Kaylee Strunk threw a perfect game, striking out seven of the nine Lady Rebel hitters she faced.
As a result, the score was as ugly as the above numbers for Casey County sounded, as Pulaski County rolled to a 15-0 win over the Lady Rebels in a game shortened to only three innings due to the mercy rule.
PC put this one away early, banging out six hits, while scoring seven runs in the home half of the first inning off of the Lady Rebels starter and loser Haley Price.
Gover’s club sent 11 hitters to the plate in that decisive first inning, taking advantage of three Casey County errors, to grab an early 7-0 lead through one inning of play.
Those seven runs — heck, just the first run — was way more than enough support needed by Strunk on this day.
PC’s starting pitcher was unhittable — literally — as she retired all nine Casey County hitters she faced, including fanning seven of those nine hitters.
The Lady Maroons tacked out six more runs in the bottom of the second frame for a 13-0 cushion, as the wheels simply fell off for Casey County in the frame.
Price was knocked out of the game, and her relief was Jalie Buis, and she fared no better.
Buis in only 2/3 of an inning, walked five PC hitters — three of those coming with the bases loaded — helping the Lady Maroons to simply blow this game wide open.
The Lady Maroons put this one away in the bottom of the third inning off of another Casey County reliever — Shaylah Wilkie — as Strunk’s RBI singled brought home the final run, for a 15-0 PC victory in a game that was — well perfect.
With the win, Pulaski County improved to 24-5 on the season, and advanced to Sunday’s championship game of the tourney.
The Lady Maroons will face the winner of Saturday’s second first round game, which featured the Somerset Lady Jumpers squaring off against Rockcastle County.
The 47th District Softball Tournament finals will take place at PC Field on Sunday afternoon beginning at 6 p.m.