Goulds hurls perfect game in HV victory

By Travis Brown

STAR Staff

   With a strong group of experienced players, Happy Valley high school softball looks to have a strong season in 2003. The new campaign has gotten off to a strong start with a victory Monday over Daniel Boone, and a 12-0 win over Johnson County Tuesday evening.
   Tuesday's win over the Lady Longhorns was a statement game for the Lady Warriors as pitcher Kortney Goulds collected a perfect game. The Warriors made no mistakes, while pumping out 12 runs in the contest.
   HV skipper Kari Killian was extremely pleased with the performance.
   "We played really well," Killian said. "They came out and played hard."
   Killian hopes that this season will be an improvement upon the 2002 season, which fell one step short of a state tournament bid.
   "They know what is expected of them," Killian said. "This team has heart and a lot of character."
   The Lady Warriors showcased that ability in the home half of the second inning batting through the rotation. Five hits lead to seven runs in the inning before the Lady Longhorns could post three outs.
   Trailing 8-0 in the top half of the third, the Longhorns could scarcely touch Goulds, who collected 7 strikeouts facing only 15 hitters.
   "She pitched real well," Killian said of Goulds' performance. "When we get into our rotation, I have confidence in all of my pitchers."
   When the Longhorn bats did put the ball in play, Warrior leather was there to make the play as seamless defense silenced the few opportunities that Johnson County had to break Goulds no-no.
   Johnson County head coach Dana Smith hopes her team can improve as the season proceeds, but she admits the road will be uphill.
   "I only have two starters back from last season," Smith said. "My freshman are going to have to work harder.
   "I knew they were going to be one of the top teams, if not the top team in the area."
   With expectations running high, Killian hopes her team will continue to improve as well.
   "For us its the mental errors," she said. "If we come out and have a good mental game, we will be fine."