By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent Commonwealth Journal
After falling to West Jessamine by a score of 6-4 on Saturday afternoon, Somerset bounced back with a 4-2 win over Clay County on Monday night at Charlie Taylor Field.
The Briar Jumpers, who were paced by a nice evening at the plate and a strong outing from a trio of pitchers, upped their record to 5-2 with the hard-fought, two-run win over the Tigers of Clay County.
Zack Dishman, who pitched the first three innings for the Jumpers, earned the victory. Brian Rutherford provided his services in the following three innings. Logan Combs came in and closed up shop for Somerset in the seventh inning.
Veteran Jumper baseball coach Phil Grundy was pleased with the pitching performance from Z. Dishman, Rutherford, and Combs.
“Our pitchers battled out there tonight,” told Grundy. “Zack Dishman was aggressive, threw strikes, and had a good outing. Brian came in and did exactly what he expected him to do, which was throw strikes. Logan Combs has electric stuff – he’s going to be a good one.”
Clay County struck first in the ballgame, plating two runs in the top of the second inning to grab a 2-0 lead over the Jumpers. The Tigers fired on all cylinders in the second frame, having five hits. Clay County, however, would manage to have only one hit in the next five innings.
Somerset responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the frame to cut the Clay County lead to a lone run at 2-1. An Isaac Stephens RBI single would do the trick for the Jumpers in the frame.
The Jumpers scored a pair of runs in the third inning to take a 3-2 advantage over Clay County. Jacob Pelston and Caleb Dockery (pinch running for Charlie Dishman) both scored runs for Somerset in the inning.
In a pinch-hit situation in the sixth inning, Cody Carrender got on base with a single. Carrender would eventually score in the frame to put Somerset ahead by a 4-2 margin.
On the mound, Z. Dishman earned the victory for Somerset. The Jumper sophomore gave up five hits on two runs and had one strikeout in the victory.
Rutherford, who earned the save for Somerset, gave up a lone hit and had three strikeouts in three innings of work. Combs struck out two of the three batters that he faced in the seventh inning.
Somerset was led in hitting by the trio of Pelston, C. Dishman, and Bryson Jones, who all finished with three hits on the night. Carrender, Stephens, Logan Ramsey, and Will Hislope also had hits in the win over the Tigers.
The Jumpers have a lot of different players who can come into the game and make an impact. For the Somerset skipper, it’s a tough job to find the perfect starting line-up.
“We feel like we have 16 to 18 kids battling for nine spots,” said Grundy. “I know it upsets parents, but right now there is just too much talent in this program not to – I feel like having too much talent is a good thing. Until we get the right mixture, we are going are going to keep rotating guys in and out.”
Grundy and company were scheduled to host Russell County last night, but that game was called off due to weather. Somerset’s next outing will now be Friday evening, when they will travel to Harrodsburg to face three-time defending 12th Region champion Mercer County.
CC – 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 – 2 6 1
SHS – 0 1 2 0 0 0 X – 4 13 0
W – Z. Dishman (SHS)
L – Hoskins (CC)
S – Rutherford (SHS)
2B – Sams (CC)
RBI – Garrison, Smith (CC); Ramsey, Spear, Stephens, C. Dishman (SHS)