By HEATHER BOATMAN, CJ Correspondent
For the last four years Somerset High School and Pulaski County High School have battled it out for the 47th District baseball championship . Counting Tuesday night, three out of the four years the Briar Jumpers have brought back the gold. Somerset defeated the Maroons 7-4.
Of their 7 runs scored, the Briar Jumpers tallied 5 of those runs off homers. Somerset freshman Logan Ramsey hit a three-run homer in the first inning and sophomore Chandler Purcell hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
“Every time we play Pulaski it is a tough game,” stated Phil Grundy coach of the Jumpers. “There were a lot of close calls, a lot of emotions, and both teams’ crowds were really getting into it.”
Charlie Dishman pitched the entire game for Somerset, as the junior hurler collected four strikeouts and five walked batters. Dustin Vaught pitched most of the game for the Maroons, but Blake Burton came in to relieve him in the sixth inning.
“We left a lot of opportunities out there, we stranded 11 base runners,” began Danny Masten of Pulaski. “We didn’t take advantage of the opportunities that were in front of us.”
In the opening inning, Pulaski got two hit and was able to score once. Jacob Denny got a single into shallow right field, followed by a successful bunt coming from Taylor Gover. Aaron Smith was walked to get the bases loaded. With no outs Eric Jones hit the ball to Kenny Spear and Jones was thrown out at first but the runners advanced scoring Denny. Spear caught Henry Lorman’s line drive and turned it for a double play at second catching Smith off the bag.
In the bottom of the first, Jacob Pelston hit a double in between center and right field. Addison Thompson and Charlie Dishman both popped one up in the infield. Bryson Jones hit the ball to third base and was at first called out but after the umpires met they decided he was safe. Logan Ramsey hit a three-run homer to take the lead. Spear got on base with an error made by Kyle Payton. The Maroons got the last out from Heath Erhsam. After the first the score was 3-1 Jumpers lead.
Pulaski was able to tie the game in the second. Chris Henderlight was walked, Burton hit a triple down the third base line scoring Henderlight. Denny was hit in the wrist by a pitch. Burton was able to steal home with a wild pitch from Dishman. Pulaski got three quick outs to hold the Somerset. The score was tied at three after two inning.
“We were really luck to have Charlie Dishman today,” Grundy remarked. “He was coming off a broke finger and this was actually his first start in about three weeks.”
In the third inning, Smith and Eric Jones both hit singles but neither were able to score. For the Jumpers Dishman was hit by Vaught, Bryson Jones was also walked. Spear got a double and scored Dishman to gain control of the lead. The score was 4-3 after the third.
Pulaski was able to once again tie the Jumpers in the fourth. Vaught, Payton, and Burton all singled. Vaught was able to score from Burtons single. Will Hislope hit a single to center field followed with a triple from Pelston scoring Hislope. The Jumpers took the lead back in the fourth up by one, 5-4.
In the fifth inning, Pulaski got the bases loaded with one out and were not able to cash in on any runs. Somerset was allowed two base runners Ramsey was walked and Spear hit a single to third, Eric Jones made the decision to throw Ramsey out at second. The score remained 5-4.
In the sixth inning, once again Pulaski had the bases loaded with one out. And like the last time they could not manage to score any runs. Hislope was walked and Chandler Purcell, the number nine batter for the Jumpers, hit a home run pushing their lead to three. Pulaski got three outs in a row to end the sixth inning. The score after six innings, 7-4.
In the seventh inning. Somerset got the three quick outs allowing on base runners or hits to end the game. Somerset is back-to-back district champions beating Pulaski for this title both years. The final score was 7-4.
“We came up short again in this game, “ stated Masten. “We want to congratulate Somerset on winning this game and we will go on to region next week and compete over there.”
Making the 47th District All-Tournament Team for Pulaski was Blake Burton, Henry Lorman, and Chris Henderlight. And for the Jumpers it was Bryson Jones, Logan Ramsey, Jacob Pelston, and Charlie Dishman. Both teams will be advancing to the region tournament at Rockcastle County High School next week.
PC 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 – 4 11 1
SHS 3 0 1 1 0 2 X – 7 8 0
LP: Vaught (PC)
WP: Dishman (SHS)
HR: Ramsey, Purcell (SHS)
3B: Pelston (SHS), Burton (PC)
2B: Spear , (SHS), Lorman (PC)
RBI: Jones, Burton (PC), Spear, Purcell 2, Pelston, Ramsey 3 (SHS)