By CAM CHEUVRONT, CJ Correspondent
After a district loss to Rockcastle County on Tuesday, followed by a devastating Class “A” Regional Championship loss to the Danville Admirals on Wednesday, the Somerset High School Briar Jumpers needed to get back on track.
On Thursday night, the Jumpers bounced back in a huge way by crushing the Casey County Rebels 20-1 in five innings.
The Jumpers’ bats heated up early and they never cooled off. Somerset took an early lead on the Rebels by scoring five runs in the first inning. The second inning was more of the same. The Jumpers scored three runs in the inning, highlighted by a triple from Jacob Pelston and then a double by Riley Shumard.
The third inning showcased an onslaught of hits, as the Jumpers scored a staggering twelve more runs. In the third inning alone, Jacob Pelston and Kenny Spear both had doubles, while Trae Harmon smacked two doubles — as Jumpers batted around.
In total, the Briar Jumpers tallied 20 runs on 19 hits.
The Somerset defense was also solid all evening. Jumper freshman pitcher Nathaniel Bell was near flawless in his first-ever varsity start. Bell pitched all five innings, giving up only one run on six hits and two Somerset errors.
The Jumper defense was also highlighted by two ‘web gem’ worthy catches in centerfield by Addison
Thompson and a nice ‘6-4-3’ double play by Chandler Purcell, Spear, and Harmon.
The timely plays by the Jumper defense never allowed the Casey County Rebels to get any momentum. Casey County was able to score one run in the top of the fifth inning, but it was clearly not their night.
The Jumpers (11-7, 2-1) were firing on all cylinders on Thursday in their 47th District victory
After the game, the Jumpers’ coach, Phil Grundy, was pleased with the way his team responded.
“I was very proud of how some of the younger kids stepped up today when given the opportunity,” Grundy stated. “It shows me we have a lot of depth and I have more confidence plugging younger kids in the lineup.”
The Briar Jumpers are back in action this weekend as they travel to Frankfort for tournament action.
WP—N. Bell (SHS)
LP—N. Goode (CCHS)
2B—Pelston, Harmon 2, Shumard, Purcell, Spear (SHS)
RBI—Pelston 2, Thompson 2, Harmon 3, Shumard, Purcell 3, Bell, Stephens 3, Z. Dishman 2, Spear 2, Bubnick (SHS); Price (CCHS)