By DOUG EADS, CJ Correspondent
Somerset softball coach David Dorsey may have a freshman pitcher on his roster, but she’s certainly pitching like a wily veteran of late.
Dorsey stated before the 2013 season that Jordan Lafavers would be the surprise of the 12th Region this year, and she’s certainly making her coach look like a prophetic genius.
One week after throwing a complete game, two-hit shutout against 47th District foe Rockcastle County, Lafavers was at it again last night against arch-rival Pulaski County.
Lafavers threw another complete game – this time a three-hit shutout — helping the Lady Jumpers move to 4-0 in district play while completing the season sweep over their 47th District counterparts, with an impressive 8-0 win over Pulaski County.
“Jordan gets ahead in the count and she makes teams swing at her pitch,” stated a very happy coach Dorsey, after his team improved to 12-9 overall on the year with the win over PC.
“Tonight she had five strikeouts and no walks while just giving up three hits, and as a coach you really can’t ask for nothing more,” continued the SHS coach. “She started off this year as a freshman, but she’s a sophomore now with all the experience she’s gotten. She’s improved by leaps and bounds, and I expect the sky from her from now on.”
Indeed while Lafavers was handcuffing PC for much of the afternoon, her teammates gave her all the run support she would need in the home half of the first inning without the benefit of a basehit.
Leadoff hitter Kirschten Roberts walked off of Sarah Howard to get things going for Somerset, and three wild pitches later in the frame, Roberts would bring home the first run of the night for the Lady Jumpers, giving Lafavers and company a quick 1-0 lead.
The score would remain that way until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Lady Jumpers broke out the big sticks off of Pulaski’s Sarah Howard.
Sixth grader Alyssa Richardson doubled in a pair of runs during the rally, Roberts doubled in another score, and Amanda Haynes singled in a pair of runs, giving Somerset a very comfortable 6-0 lead.
All three of those RBI hits during that five-run Somerset rally all came on shots that went to the gaps in the PC outfield.
So coach Kevin McKee, what happened there in the fourth inning?
“That’s the way it was yesterday too,” stated McKee, in talking about his club’s 12-1 loss to South Laurel on Monday.
“We don’t know how to take the proper angle in the outfield and cut those off,” lamented the PC coach. “We stand there and watch it, and then decide to go get it, and you can’t do that with a team like Somerset. At the plate, we only had three balls hit in the outfield, but that’s what happens to you when you have hitting practice and nobody shows up — they have nobody to blame but themselves.”
On a day when Lafavers only allowed one PC runner to third base, that five-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth inning was way more than enough run support needed by the youngster on this day.
Somerset meanwhile closed out the scoring off of Howard, as Bethany Edwards doubled in two more runs in the sixth inning, giving the Lady Jumpers their final margin of victory at 8-0.
PC, now 10-8-1 on the year and 2-2 in district play, will return to action Thursday afternoon hosting the Casey County Lady Rebels in an important district contest for both clubs.
Somerset meanwhile will travel to Rockcastle County tomorrow afternoon, looking to move to 5-0 in the district standings.
PC — 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 3 1
SHS — 1 0 0 5 0 2 X — 8 9 1
DOUBLES — (SHS) Edwards, Roberts.
RBI — (SHS) Richardson 2, Haynes 2, Edwards 2, Roberts 1.
WP — Lafavers
LP — Howard