Mt. Vernon —
The Somerset High School Briar Jumpers had dropped to two games to the Rockets of Rockcastle County High School during the regular season.
Monday night in the opening round of the 47th District Baseball Tournament at Rockcastle County High School, the Jumpers were faced with a season-ending elimination game with a team who had downed the Briar Jumpers twice already.
But this time the Jumpers had a secret weapon on the mound – Charlie Dishman – en rout to a Somerset 9-0 blowout win.
“The other two times we played Rockcastle, they didn’t get to see Charlie Dishman on the mound,” Somerset coach Phil Grundy explained. “We couldn’t pitch him before because of our scheduling of games against Danville, Southwestern and Pulaski. We had good pitchers on the mound in the other games we lost against Rockcastle, but we kicked the ball around defensively and didn’t give them a chance to win.”
“If we can give Charlie (Dishman) a few runs and get his confidence up, we play much better defensively,” Grundy added. “Charlie has beat everybody we have thrown him against, and he has beat some of the best teams in the region.”
Dishman fired a two-hit shutout and struck out 9 Rocket batters in the opening round of the 47th District Baseball Tournament.
Somerset also got some offensive fire power from the bottom half of their line-up to send the Rockets packing. The Jumpers’ #9 hitter Chandler Purcell drove in three runs ad had two hits, while Cody Carrender – hitting in the 6-spot – drove in three runs, had three hits and scored two runs.
“We had 8 different guys get hits today,” Grundy said. “Both Cody (Carrender) and Chandler (Purcell) had huge two-out hits to drive in runs. If we get all nine guys being aggressive and swinging at pitches in the strike zone, we have a chance to beat anybody.”
Purcell got things started offensively for the Jumpers in the second inning, when he launched a double by the left fielder to plate Nathanael Bell – running for Bryson Jones – and Logan Ramsey.
In the third inning, Carrender hit a bomb off the little field fence to score Bell (running for Jones) and Dishman.
In the fifth, eighth-grader clean-up hitter Trae Harmon smashed a solo homer over the left field fence to put the Jumpers up 5-0. Later in that same inning, Carrender doubled again to the left-center gap to score Bell (running for Jones). Carrender scored off a pick-off throwing error by the Rockets.
Then in the top of the seventh inning, the Jumpers gave Dishman two more insurance runs – not that he really needed it. Purcell singled to left field to score Carrender, Will Hislope scored off another Rockcastle infield throwing error.
Somerset (21-14) advanced to the District 47 Championship Game (which was played last night) to take on Pulaski County (11-24), who downed Casey County 7-1 on Monday night.
SOMERSET 9, ROCKCASTLE CO. 0
SHS 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 – 9
RC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0
2B - Dishman, Carrender 2 (SHS).
HR - Harmon (SHS).
RBI - Purcell 3, Carrender 3, Harmon (SHS).
Runs Scored - Bell 3, Ramsey, Dishman, Harmon, Carrender 2, Hislope (SHS).
Hits - Pelston 2, Dishmna 2, Harmon, Jones, Carrender 3, Hislope , Ramsey, Purcell 2 (SHS- 13); Hughes, McClure (CC-2).
Errors - SHS 2, RC 3.
Runners Left on Base - SHS 9, RC 5.
WP- Dishman (SHS).
RC - Brown (RC).
Strikeouts - Dishman 9 (SHS); McClure 3 (RC).