Over the course of the past four seasons, Somerset's senior class had not yet tasted victory over long-time rival Danville. In fact, the Jumpers hadn’t won a game against Paul Morse and company since the 2009 season.
That all changed on Tuesday night at West Jessamine, as the Briar Jumpers scored two late runs to come away with a hard-fought, 6-5 win over the Danville Admirals.
With the one-run victory over the Admirals, Phil Grundy and the Jumpers earned a spot in the championship game of the 12th Region Baseball Tournament. It is Somerset’s first trip to the finals since they played Mercer County in the title game in the 2012 season at Southwestern.
Grundy was glad to see his ball club, particularly the senior class, come away with a victory over the Paul Morse and the Admirals.
“At the end, our seniors didn’t give up – they had the will to win,” began Grundy. “Charlie (Dishman), as usual, was our workhorse. He didn’t have his best stuff, but he went out there and battled. The seniors came up with some huge hits for us.”
Somerset went into the top of the seventh inning trailing by a score of 5-4. Thanks to three doubles in the final frame, the Jumpers would take the lead over the Admirals.
The Jumpers would tie the game up at 5-5 after Austin Bubnick, pinch running for Will Hislope after he singled, scored on an RBI double from Cody Carrender.
The Jumpers would get the go-ahead run after Addison Thompson doubled to right field. Carrender would score on Thompson’s double, which gave Somerset a 6-5 advantage. That would be the last of four lead changes that occurred in the ballgame.
Dishman and the Jumpers would hold off Danville in the bottom of the seventh inning to clinch a spot in the regional championship game, where they would meet up with the winner of the Southwestern-West Jessamine game.
The veteran Somerset head coach is glad to see that his team toughed out a rough regular season and now have a chance to play in the Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament.
“We went through some rough patches this season with a rough schedule, but I think that’s what prepared us for this,” Grundy continued. “Hopefully we can get one more win tomorrow. I want to take my hat off to the seniors, because every one of them contributed in some way today. I’m really proud of their effort.”
Somerset had 11 hits on the evening. Three different players had two hits for the Jumpers – Haden Fox, Hislope, and Thompson.
Dishman, who got the victory, went the distance for Somerset. In seven innings on the hill, the Somerset senior had seven strikeouts.
Both teams left double-digit runners on base in this one. Somerset left 10 runners on base, while the Admirals left 11 runners stranded on the base paths.
The Jumpers (24-14) met up with the winner of the Southwestern-West Jessamine game last night at West Jessamine. That semifinal game was finished up last night prior to the title game after being delayed on Tuesday evening.
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Somerset 6, Danville 5
SHS – 0 0 2 1 1 0 2 – 6 11 3
DAN – 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 – 5 9 2
2B – Thompson, Hislope, Carrender (SHS); Harris, Stamm (DAN)
RBI – Fox 2, Carrender, Jones, Thompson (SHS); Hunn, Stamm, Serey, Roney (DAN)
Runs scored – Harmon 2, Pelston, Fox, Bubnick, Carrender (SHS – 6); Roney, Stamm, Harris, Rowland, Hunn (DAN – 5)
Hits – Thompson 2, Fox 2, Hislope 2, Purcell, Carrender, Jones, Harmon, Dishman (SHS – 11); Harris 2, Stamm 2, Roney 2, Hunn, Rowland, Serey (DAN – 9)
Runners left on base – SHS 10, DAN 11
Errors – SHS 3, DAN 2
WP – Dishman (SHS)
LP – Baxa (DAN)
Strikeouts – Dishman 7 (SHS); Stamm 3 (DAN)