By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Southwestern plated one run in the first inning and then another one in the final inning.
Those two runs would more than enough for the Lady Warriors, as they downed the home standing Somerset Lady Jumpers by a score of 2-0 on Monday evening at John W. Barnett Field.
Jim Woodall was really happy with the way his team played against one of the top teams in the 12th Region and was thrilled with the way that Sydney ‘Dozer’ Fourman pitched in the two-run victory over the crosstown Lady Jumpers.
“Our defense was right on and Dozer pitched the game of the year tonight,” began Woodall. “We knew that we were going to have to play well to come out here with a win. This is playoff-type softball – if you can’t beat good teams, then you’re not going to do well in district or region. This is a good game for us to springboard into the postseason.”
In the opening frame, Southwestern took advantage of a walk and a hit batter to grab a 1-0 lead over Somerset. Hope Bruner, who got aboard on a walk, tallied the Lady Warriors’ first run of the night on a sacrifice fly from Fourman.
After five and a half innings of scoreless softball, the Lady Warriors plated their second run of the game in the top of the seventh frame after Bruner – once again – reached home on an RBI single from junior Destiny Molden.
Somerset would fail to score in the bottom half of the seventh inning, allowing the Lady Warriors to escape with a 2-0 victory, which avenged an earlier 4-2 loss to the Lady Jumpers.
The Lady Jumpers would only have one hit on the night, which came from Brynlee Bigelow in the top of the first inning. Over the course of the final six innings, Somerset would have only one base runner, which was Autumn Latham in the third frame.
Veteran Somerset head coach David Dorsey noted that his team did not come up with enough hits to earn their second straight victory over Southwestern.
“We played well, but I don’t think we executed well offensively,” stated Dorsey. “I tip my hat to Southwestern, because they played an excellent ballgame. 2-0 beat us tonight. They’re three and four batters came to plate in a 1-0 ballgame, which usually doesn’t happen very often.”
Jordan Lafavers, who went the distance for the Lady Jumpers in this one, was saddled with the loss. In seven innings of work, Lafavers gave up two runs on six hits and had a game-high eight strikeouts.
Southwestern, meanwhile, had six hits on the night. Fourman led the way with two hits, while Molden, Allie Venable, Madison Cook, and Sarah Smith all had a hit in the victory. Both Molden and Fourman each had an RBI for the Lady Warriors.
In what Woodall called Fourman’s best performance of the 2014 season, the senior pitcher gave up a lone hit and four strikeouts.
“We left 11 runners on base, but I can look at that in one or two ways,” continued the Lady Warrior coach. “We didn’t get the timely hits, but Jordan (Lafavers) did what she needed to do out the in the circle to keep the game close. It was a good game from both of the pitchers, but it was Dozer’s best game of the season.”
Dorsey noted that his team is in a funk right at the moment, but they are working on getting out of it. More importantly, Dorsey and company are working for May 19th, which is the opening round of the 47th District Softball Tournament.
“After the first inning, I thought Jordan threw the ball well,” said the Lady Jumper coach. “This was one of better games for us as of late, and I think positive things will come out of it. Our schedule is going to get tougher as we go, but we’re all playing for May 19th.”
Somerset, who fell to 17-10 with the loss, returned to action last night against Whitley County. The Lady Jumpers will host the North Laurel Lady Jaguars on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at John W. Barnett Field.
The Lady Warriors will be on the road this evening, traveling to Stearns for a 48th District match-up with the Lady Raiders of McCreary Central.
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SW – 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 2 6 1
SHS – 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 1 1
W – Fourman (SW)
L – Lafavers (SHS)
RBI – Molden, Fourman (SW)