By HEATHER BOATMAN, CJ Correspondent
The Somerset High School Jumpers got beat by DuPont Manual 8-4 on Saturday afternoon, after beating Monticello in the All A Classic the 16-6 the night before.
“Friday was a terrible night for baseball, cold and rainy,” began coach Phil Grundy. ”We made some errors and gave them six runs, it was a lot closer than the score indicated. It was 7-2 going into the fourth, and then they brought it to 7-6 in the top of the fifth. Then we were able to score and win the game.”
Somerset pitched three players against the Crimson Charlie Dishman started and pitched until the half way through the sixth. Chandler Purcell pitched one batter then Grundy called in the left handed senior Heath Ehrsam who closed the game out.
“Charlie struggled the first two innings but then he dominated the next four,” stated coach Grundy. “Manual swung the bat well, probably better than any team we have seen all year.”
In the first inning the Jumpers gave up an overwhelming four runs. Manual had four runs off four hits. The Crimson was finding all Somerset’s gaps. DuPont made it all the way through the batting order before the Jumpers could stop them. When it was Somerset’s turn to bat, they couldn’t get going the Crimson got the first three batters out. The score was 4-0 after the first.
In the second inning Somerset gave up two hits and one run. The Jumpers made no errors in this inning. Somerset still didn’t get any hits in the second, their only base runner was Bryson Jones who was hit with the ball but got out trying to steal second. After the second the score 5-0.
The Jumpers allowed one run in the third inning but gave up no hits. Dishman walked one of the batters and he was able to work his way around the bases and sneak in on a wild pitch. Somerset still couldn’t get the bats going but final able to make it through their line up able to start the fourth inning at the top of the order. After the third the Jumpers trailed by six.
In the forth inning Somerset was able to hold the Crimson at six Dishman was able to strike two of the batters out and catcher Jacob Pelson caught a foul ball for the third out.
Addison Thompson was able to start the Jumpers off with their first hit of the game. A pitch hit Dishman and Junior Haden Fox. Thompson was successful in putting the Jumpers on the board when he stole home. After the fourth the score was 6-1.
In the fifth inning the Jumpers were able to get three up three down again Dishman threw three strikeouts in a row, he had struck five of the last six batters out. Somerset went to work in the fifth Will Hislope started the Jumpers off this inning with a hit and after Thompson was walked Pelson was able to knock Hislope in for a run. Dishman was walked and now with the bases loaded the clean up batter Jones hit a double and two of those runners scored. After the fifth the Jumpers only trailed by two, 6-4.
In the sixth inning neither team put any runs on the board. The Jumpers changed pitchers twice from Dishman to Purcell to Ehrsam. Somerset was at the bottom of the batting order and finished it out to start the seventh at the top. End of the sixth the score remained 6-4.
In the seventh inning sophomore Kenny Spear made several good plays at second base. The Crimson was able to hit two doubles off Ehrsam and score two runs. Somerset trailing by four was unable to overcome the deficit and gain the lead. the Jumpers were able to get two hits but lost 8-4.
“It was a couple mental mistakes and we didn’t have any base runners until the fourth inning,” stated Grundy. “I’m disappointed that we aren’t getting any momentum moving forward. We will be a work in progress all season long. I was hoping that we would be a little better than we are now but it’s hard to beat a good team when you spot them six runs.”
With this loss the Jumpers are 4-4 on the season but looking to improve that record this week playing six games over the spring break. The Jumpers played Model at home last night and will be playing McCreary Central tonight at 5:30 p.m. at home.
SHS 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 — 4
DM 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 — 8