by Doug Eads, CJ Sports Correspondent Commonwealth Journal
Fresh off a 5-2 win on the road at Corbin last Friday, the Somerset Lady Jumper softball team traveled to Danville Saturday, facing the Lady Admirals with a trip to the All A State Softball Tournament on the line for both clubs.
And, unfortunately for Somerset, the Lady Jumpers no-showed in this clash against one of their arch-rivals according to head coach David Dorsey.
Somerset did bang out 14 hits in Saturday’s contest, but Dorsey’s club was guilty of six errors in the field, enabling Danville to come away with a one run victory — 14-13 — in a very high-scoring affair.
“This was for the All A Region and a trip to Owensboro for the All A State, but we did not come to play,” lamented the Lady Jumper coach.
“It’s a shame that we work so hard for what we get, and then turn around and give it right back,” Dorsey added.
Somerset actually hit three home runs in the contest — a two-run shot from Bethany Edwards, and solo blasts from Brynlee Bigelow and Lauren Hibbard, but even that power display would not be enough for Somerset on Saturday afternoon.
“Lauren (Rice) pitched well enough to win, but routine plays have to be made,” said Dorsey.
“As much as we work on defense and coverage’s, it is disappointing to break down the way we did,” Dorsey stated. “This is just one game — we have 32 more, and we will go back and work and get better.”
Kirstchen Roberts had two singles in the loss to the Lady Ads, while Rice singled twice, and Alyssa Richardson also had a pair of hits for Somerset.
On Friday, Somerset picked up a much-needed win after last Wednesday’s disappointing loss to North Laurel in its home opener, as the Lady Jumpers traveled to Corbin and knocked off the Lady Redhounds by a final count of 5-2.
In that game, Jordan Lafavers made her first start on the mound for the Lady Jumpers, and the youngster threw the ball really well according to her head coach.
“Jordan’s first varsity start was what I expected — super,” pointed out Dorsey.
“Once she has the confidence in herself that I have in her, she will grow by leaps and bounds,” remarked the SHS skipper. “Lauren (Rice) came on in relief for her first time, but settled down and finished the job.”
Lafavers turned in 4 1/3 innings on the mound in her varsity debut, allowing the Lady Redhounds six hits, while striking out three and walking just one, while only allowing Corbin one run.
Offensively, Somerset got a pair of hits from Roberts, Edwards, Rice, and Katherine Holmes in the win.
The Lady Jumpers — now 2-3 on the season — will return to action on Thursday on the road at Russell County, before returning home on Friday afternoon to face Richmond Model.