Commonwealth Journal

April 26, 2014

Lady Jumpers demolish Pulaski County

By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — For the second time in four days and for the third time this season, Somerset defeated Pulaski County.

After downing the Pulaski County Lady Maroons by a score of 5-0 on Tuesday night, the Somerset Lady Jumpers came away with a three-inning, 15-0 victory last night in the Pulaski County Invitational at PC Field.

David Dorsey’s Lady Jumpers came out firing on all cylinders in the crosstown match-up, plating 14 runs in the opening frame of softball. Somerset would get their 15th and final score of the evening in the third inning.

With the win over Pulaski County, Somerset upped their record to 15-6 on the season. The Lady Maroons, meanwhile, fell to 7-14 on the year.

The veteran Lady Jumper softball coach was pleased to see his team perform well at the plate after falling to Rockcastle County on Thursday night by a score of 4-1. Somerset finished the contest with 12 hits.

“The last four or five games, we haven’t hit the ball very well at all,” told Dorsey. “Tonight wasn’t a district game or anything, but we came up with some big hits. I’m really proud of them.”

Somerset sent 17 batters to the plate in an opening frame that saw the Lady Jumpers score 14 runs on 10 hits and a lone Pulaski County error. The Lady Maroons would never recover from the big inning that Somerset had.

The first inning from Somerset included a double from Chloe Henderson, a grand slam from Jordan Lafavers, and a two-run home run from Lauren Hibbard.

After a scoreless second inning, the Lady Jumpers got their 15th run after Jordan Bray scored on a Pulaski County miscue. The Lady Maroons would fail to score in the bottom half of the frame, clinching the 15-run win for Somerset.

Brad Gover, who is in his first season as the head coach of the Lady Maroons softball team, was disappointed in his team’s effort against their district and crosstown rival.

“We got our butts kicked from the first pitch to the last – we weren’t ready to play,” began Gover. “It’s almost like the girls didn’t want to be out here. We are going to have to do some soul searching to figure something out so we can get back to the competitive edge that we had before these last two games.”

“We are going to have to dig down and figure something out before the district tournament starts,” continued the first-year Lady Maroon coach. “We have been in games and have competed in every game that we’ve played except these last two games – the Casey County game and this game.

Brynlee Bigelow led the charge for the Lady Jumpers with a game-high three hits, while also chiming with three RBI’s. Lafavers and Hibbard, who also both had home runs, finished with two hits each. Lafavers had a game-high four RBI’s, while Hibbard tallied three of her own.

On the hill, Lafavers surrendered a lone hit and had two strikeouts in three innings of work. Samantha Randolph had Pulaski County’s only hit on the evening.

The Lady Jumpers will return to action on Monday evening, when they will travel east on Highway 80 to London to take on the South Laurel Lady Cardinals. 

Pulaski County will also be on the road to begin the week, traveling to Lancaster for a meeting with the Garrard County Lady Lions.

 

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SHS – 14 0 1 – 15 12 0

PC –    0  0 0 –  0   1  2

 

W – Lafavers (SHS)

L – Wilson (PC)

2B – C. Henderson (SHS)

HR – Lafavers, Hibbard (SHS)

RBI – Lafavers 4, Hibbard 3, Bigelow 3, Latham 2, Richardson, C. Henderson, R. Henderson (SHS)