By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Wednesday night's match-up against Russell County couldn’t have begun any worse for the Somerset Lady Jumpers. After making an error and hitting a batter to lead off the game, the Lady Jumpers looked as if they were in for a rough outing with the visiting Lady Lakers.
Despite giving up a pair of runs in the top half of the opening frame, David Dorsey’s club bounced back from the early two-run deficit to down Russell County by a final tally of 8-5. With the victory, Somerset avenged an earlier season loss to the Lady Lakers - Russell County won the first meeting, 8-7, that occurred on March 28th in Russell Springs.
After not having a game since last Thursday due to prom and Mother Nature intervening with rain, the Lady Jumpers didn’t come as sharp as they needed to, but all that matters is that they got the win in the end.
“I’m happy that we got win number 18 on the year, which is pretty good for a young bunch,” began Dorsey. “With not playing in so long due to prom and rain outs, it’s tough to come back game ready - and we weren’t.”
The Lady Lakers tallied a pair of runs in the top half of the first inning on zero hits and a pair of Somerset errors. Russell County even had the bases loaded with one out, but the Lady Jumpers would keep them from doing anymore damage.
Somerset responded with a big inning of their own, scoring five runs to grab a 5-2 lead over Russell County. Kirschten Roberts and Bethany Edwards, who each reached on walks, scored the Lady Jumpers’ first two runs of the ballgame on a two-run single from Brynlee Bigelow, who would later score on a hit by pitch. Katherine Holmes and Lauren Hibbard would both score on a two-run single from Alyssa Richardson.
The Lady Jumpers weren’t finished, however, as they added on three more runs in the following inning to run their lead out to six runs at 8-2. Edwards, who led off the frame with a single, scored Somerset’s sixth run on a double from Haynes. A single from Hibbard would then allow Haynes to score, putting Somerset ahead, 7-2. Bigelow tallied the Lady Jumpers’ eighth and final run of the evening after stealing home.
Russell County threatened to retake the lead from the Lady Jumpers in fifth frame, when they scored three runs to cut the Somerset lead to a trio of runs at 8-5. Once again, the Lady Jumpers would hold Russell County from scoring with the bases loaded. On the night, the Lady Lakers stranded 12 runners on base.
Jordan Lafavers, who pitched the entire seven innings for Somerset, earned the victory. In her seven-inning outing, the freshman gave up five runs on five hits and had four strikeouts.
“Jordan made some nice pitches tonight, but she did hit four and walk four, which is not her style,” told the veteran Somerset softball coach.
Somerset had three players finished with two hits in the three-run victory over the Lady Lakers - Edwards, Bigelow, and Hibbard. Bigelow and Richardson both led Somerset with two RBI’s apiece.
“I’m proud of how hard the girls hit the ball tonight,” praised Dorsey “Amanda Haynes, Brynlee Bigelow, and (Kirschten Roberts) all hit the ball hard tonight.”
Somerset, who moved to 18-11 with the victory, will be in action this weekend at their own Sports Den Classic. The Lady Jumpers are scheduled to host Madison Central tonight at 6 p.m., and then return to action tomorrow morning against Glasgow at 10:30 a.m.
RC - 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 - 5 5 1
SHS - 5 3 0 0 0 0 X - 8 9 1
W - Lafavers (SHS)
L - Adams (RC)
2B - Robertson (RC); Haynes (SHS)
RBI - C. Simpson, Hadley, Robertson, Roy, Helm (RC); Bigelow 2, Richardson 2, Haynes, Hibbard, Henderson (SHS)