By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
To get past visiting Corbin, Somerset used “Team Logan” to get the job done.
Logan Ramsey and Logan Combs, both freshmen for the Briar Jumpers, played like veterans in Somerset’s meeting with Corbin on Friday evening at Charlie Taylor Field. With the stellar play from the pair of youngsters, the Briar Jumpers were able to sneak past the Corbin Redhounds by a score of 3-2.
Somerset found themselves in a hole in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Corbin led, 2-1. The Jumpers would get themselves out of that hole with key hits in the frame.
Bryson Jones, a junior, led the inning with a triple to left center field. On the very next pitch, Ramsey blasted a ball over the right field fence for a two-run home run, putting Somerset ahead, 3-2.
“Logan Ramsey has really stepped for us this year,” began Jumper skipper Phil Grundy. “He’s going to have his growing pains because he’s facing pitching that he’s never seen before, but he’s a freshman and he’s making adjustments. That home run was a bomb and one of the first home runs we’ve hit in right field in a long time.”
Combs, who came in to relieve starting pitcher Addison Thompson, pitched the final three innings for Somerset. The freshman gave up three hits in the final three innings, but more importantly, held on to capture the win for the Jumpers.
“I’m really proud of Logan Combs and Addison Thompson - they both battled for us tonight,” praised the veteran Somerset coach. “Addison, who was pitching on six days rest, was a little rusty. We just need to be on the field a little more and get some games in to help us prepare for the postseason.”
Somerset jumped out to a one-run lead in the opening frame after Jacob Pelston scored on a fielder’s choice from Ramsey. Despite having the bases loaded, the Jumpers would manage to score only one run. On the night, Somerset stranded ten runners on the base paths.
Corbin plated a pair of runs in the top of the fourth frame to grab a 2-1 advantage over the Jumpers. Derek Terry (walk) and Taylor Combs (single) would each score on a two-run double from Nick Vorbeck to give the Redhounds their first lead of the contest.
The Redhounds, who fell to 16-14 on the year with the loss, finished with six hits on the night. Combs and Vorbeck led the way for Corbin at the dish, as both had two hits apiece in the loss to Somerset.
Austin Combs was saddled with the loss for Corbin. Combs gave up three runs on seven hits and had two strikeouts in five innings on the hill.
Thompson had a big night at the plate for Somerset, finishing with a game-high three hits. Jacob Pelston chimed with two hits.
Errors have been Somerset’s Achilles heel in 2013, but that was certainly not the case on Friday night, as the Jumpers committed zero errors. Grundy attributes the improved defensive play to the move of Pelston to third base.
“Moving Jacob (Pelston) to third base has really helped us,” Grundy explained. “We were kind of struggling at that third base all-year, but Jacob has kind of sured up that side of the infield with Chandler Purcell at shortstop. Heath (Ehrsam) made a great diving catch and a threw a runner out at the plate to keep a run from scoring - those were both huge plays.”
Somerset upped their overall record to 19-10 with the victory. The Jumpers will return to action Monday night, traveling north to face Lincoln County.
Corbin will be back in action tomorrow night as well, traveling to McCreary Central to face the Raiders.
CHS - 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 2 6 1
SHS - 1 0 0 0 2 0 X - 3 8 0
W - L. Combs (SHS)
L - A. Combs (CHS)
2B - Goins, Vorbeck (CHS); Ehrsam (SHS)
3B - Jones (SHS)
HR - Ramsey (SHS)
RBI - Vorbeck 2 (CHS); Ramsey 3 (SHS)