Thanks to a pair of RBI singles from Vincent Boils and Trevor Stacey, Southwestern was able to sneak past Somerset by a score of 2-1 on Tuesday evening at Charlie Taylor Field.
The visiting Warriors had only three hits on the night, but that would be more than enough to spoil the Briar Jumpers’ Senior Night festivities.
Alex Eaton, who is in his fourth season as the head coach of the Warriors, was glad to see his team get the victory over the Jumpers, the same team who beat Southwestern on March 31 by a final tally of 7-1.
“I’m really, really happy with the guys,” Eaton began. “We were up against one of the better pitchers in the entire region, so you had to play the way we played to win. If you come out flat, you’re going to get beat against Charlie Dishman. Our guys battled and executed at the plate against a good pitcher.”
“Hats off to Vincent Boils tonight,” continued the fourth-year Warrior skipper. “He uses both sides of the plate and uses his breaking ball when he needs to. Other than one error, our defense executed well tonight. I’m glad to come out on top with the victory tonight.
After four scoreless innings in the books, the Warriors broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning after junior Chris Lynch, who reached on a walk, scored on a two-out single from senior Trevor Stacey. The RBI single from Stacey allowed Southwestern to grab a 1-0 advantage over the Jumpers.
The Warriors tacked on another run in the top of the seventh frame, after Zach Profitt reached home plate after a single from Boils. The single from Boils with one out on the board put Southwestern out front by a 2-0 margin.
To kick off the bottom of the frame, Dishman delivered with a double down the right field line. Following the double from Dishman, Boils struck out a pair of Jumper batters to put two outs on the board.
Caleb Dockey, pinch running for Dishman, would score on the next at-bat, as Southwestern committed a throwing error on contact from Will Hislope. Somerset would fly out on the following at-bat to end the game, clinching the 2-1 victory for the Warriors.
Phil Grundy, the veteran coach of the Jumpers, wanted to give his senior class a big win in their final home game at Charlie Taylor Field.
“I hate to lose on Senior Night – this is a group of seniors, so we wanted to send them out on a high note,” told Grundy. “Boils pitched terrific for Southwestern and Charlie pitched great, as usual. We had some chances early, but we just didn’t hit the ball tonight.”
The contest was a pitcher’s duel between Southwestern’s Boils and Somerset’s Dishman. Boils, who earned the victory, gave up a lone run on five hits and had five strikeouts on the night. Dishman, meanwhile, gave up a pair of runs on three hits and had three strikeouts.
Boils had just as good of a night at the plate, tallying team-highs in hits (two) and RBI’s (one). Stacey chimed in with a hit and an RBI for the Warriors.
Somerset was led at the dish by the pair of Dishman and Jacob Pelston, who both had two hits apiece. Hislope also tallied a hit in the loss to Southwestern.
Grundy is hoping that his team will make a strong run to close out the regular season.
“This is a great atmosphere to play in going into the postseason,” said the Jumper coach. “Two good teams played tonight. Hopefully our guys will learn from tonight. We just don’t want to have a letdown after tonight’s loss.”
The Jumpers, now 20-14, will return to the diamond on Friday evening, when they will play on the road at South Laurel.
Southwestern, who upped their record to 21-10 with the win over Somerset, will be on the road tonight at Lincoln County.
Somerset seniors Austin Bubnick, Cody Carrender, Charlie Dishman, Haden Fox, Will Hislope, Bryson Jones, Jacob Pelston, and Addison Thompson were all honored prior to the contest.
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