Pulaski's Strunk is perfect in district win

Bobby Flynn I CJ

Pulaski County sophomore Kaylee Strunk delivers a pitch to the plate during the Lady Maroons' 15-0 win over Casey County in the 47th District Tournament Saturday at PC Field.

The Pulaski County Lady Maroons (24-5) scored seven runs in the first inning and never look backed Saturday on their way to a 15-0, three inning, route of Casey County (8-20) in the 47th District Tournament at PC field.

With the win, the Lady Maroons advance to take on the winner of Saturday's second game between Somerset and Rockcastle County -- which was halted because of rain in the top of the 4th inning, and will be resumed Sunday. With the rainout, the Lady Maroons will play in the championship game, which was moved to Tuesday, May 21.

Pulaski County coach Brad Gover said he had a feeling his team was ready to play by the look in their eyes during pregame warmups.

"I told my coaches before the game that I thought this was going to be a good day. The look in the girls' eyes before the game was different that it's been in the past few games," Gover said. "You could see they were really dialed in and focused and ready to play tonight."

Pulaski ace Kaylee Strunk was dominant in the circle for the Lady Maroons.

The sophomore struck out seven Lady Rebels -- including the final six batters in a row -- and didn't allow a walk or a base runner, to pick up the first perfect game of her career.

"Kaylee has had a couple of days off and she had her legs under her tonight. And she had her change-up working today and when it's working it's a tough pitch to hit and keeps hitters off balance," Gover said. "This was the first complete game of her high school career and getting a perfect game in the process was great."

Pulaski was just as hot at the plate, banging out 10 hits, while taking advantage of five walks and several Casey County errors in the blowout.

"We hit the ball well. Our mentality is we're looking for that first strike and when we get it, we want to hit it, and we did a good job of that tonight," Gover said. "We worked hard on that the last couple of days and they went out and did just what we wanted them to do. That makes a coach proud when you see things you worked hard on, carry over into the game."

The Lady Maroons sent 12 batters to the plate on their way to six runs in the second inning to extend their lead to 13-0.

They closed out the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Seventh-grader Bella Ellis laced a line-drive double of the left field fence to lead off the inning. Gabbie Countryman singled down the left field line to bring Ellis home.

After Vicky Countryman was hit by a pitch, Strunk ended the game with a walk-off single to left field to score Gabbie Countryman.

Offensively for Pulaski, four Lady Maroons finished with two hits each.

Strunk had a pair of singles, a walk and three RBI, while Ellis added a single, double, one RBI and scored three runs, Gabbie Countryman had two singles, and RBI and two runs scored and Molli Nelson had two singles and a run scored.

Holly Barron added a double, RBI and two runs scored and Eva Gover had a single, walk, RBI and two runs scored.

Steve Cornelius has worked as a journalist at the Commonwealth Journal since 2001, and has been the CJ Sports Editor since 2005.