With one of the best pitching performances in Kentucky high school history, Carson Goatley recorded a no-hitter featuring 19 strikeouts on Tuesday evening. Maddi Gailor’s bunt scored Nevaeh Gupton to give Holy Cross a 1-0 victory in the 8th inning against Scott County.
When explaining her effect on Tuesday’s game, Holy Cross head coach Tony Young said, “what more can you ask for? Defending state champions, they’ve won three out of the last five and been the top in the state for awhile now. Carson did a phenomenal job shutting them down.”
To make things more notable, she has been dealing with a shoulder injury the past few days. “I was actually very nervous”, Goatley explained. “But I knew my defense would be behind me no matter what the situation was.”
Although her performance was exceptional, her approach following the victory may have been just as noteworthy. Despite the individual clinic she put on display tonight, Goatley immediately credited those around her.
“I wanted to pitch this game”, Goatley said, “it definitely overpowered my pain. My mental capabilities are higher than my physical strains. I wouldn’t be here without my coaches and teammates; they stuck behind me tonight and really kept me going.”
The junior pitcher started off scorching hot, striking out the first 12 Cardinal batters.
A walk followed by an obstruction gave Scott County a runner on third base, but Goatley rose to the occasion again, recording her 14th strikeout to end the threat.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Cougars were threatening with bases loaded with two outs, but Nani Valencia was able to retire the inning with a strikeout.
It was more of the same from Goatley heading in to extras, and Holy Cross would once again have a chance to break the scoreless tie. Gupton roped a double down the left field line, bringing up Gailor. The senior laid down a bunt, but a missed play at first allowed Gupton to round third and race home for victory.
In the circle, Valencia gave up six hits in 8 innings. The 5th ranked Cardinals fall to 7-3 and will look to bounce back on the road against Franklin County on Wednesday.
The 4th ranked Cougars move to a sixth-region best 12-1 and will return to action on Wednesday against Valley.
“It (tonight’s victory) was a good measuring stick”, Young explained. “Nobody in Kentucky has beaten them this year.”
Holy Cross only recorded six hits on Tuesday evening, but Young remained optimistic. “We had some real solid at bats and they made some spectacular plays”, he said. “We had baserunners just about every inning.”