Friendly cross-town rivalries are exciting to watch.

Throw in a pitchers’ duel paired with senior night and you really have the fans on the edge of the bleachers.

Both scenarios made for an excellent ballgame, last night, at ‘The Hole’ between the Somerset Lady Briar Jumpers and the Southwestern Lady Warriors.

An extra inning was needed to decide the first game of the double header with the Lady Warriors pulling out the 2-1 victory.

“They gave us all we wanted,” Southwestern head coach Jim Woodall said. “There were two great pitchers battling it out. You hate to have someone lose a game like this — we were fortunate to come out with a win.”

Samantha Dorsey doubled into left field to lead off the game. Somerset (8-22) jumped on the board early as Chelsea Felts singled a hard shot to Shelby Kosmecki at shortstop, and beat out the throw.

Jasi Flynn overthrew Jessica Starnes at third base trying to stop Dorsey, but the error plated Dorsey for the lone run of the ballgame for the Lady Briar Jumpers.

In the midst of the two hits for Somerset, in the first frame, Sarah Hranicky would strikeout the side.

Another run would not be scored by either team over the next five innings as Southwestern (13-12) struggled at the plate due to a nice performance by Paige Gadberry in the circle for Somerset.

“Paige (Gadberry) pitched a tremendous ballgame,” said the Somerset head coach David Dorsey. “She threw her off-speed stuff for strikes – she kept us in the game all night.”

Through five innings, Gadberry had allowed only one hit while striking out four Southwestern batters.

“(Gadberry) pitched her heart out,” added Woodall. “I really think if they play the way they did tonight that Somerset will be in the hunt for the region.”

Hranicky brought her A-game to the rubber as she would strike out 8-of-13 over the first three frames, but Somerset would collect four hits with a pair of doubles over that span.

The fourth inning would see a pair of hits by Somerset, but the double by Polly West and the single by senior Caiti Cowan could not get the Lady Briar Jumpers a run – it would be the final hits of the game for Somerset.

“We have had runners on base early over the last few games,” said the Lady Jumpers head coach. “We just haven’t been able to get the big hits. That happened again tonight, but it was a good ballgame.”

Hranicky continued her dominance collecting three more strikeouts while inducing a trio of pop-ups and groundballs to keep Somerset at bay.

“I feel pretty confident about it,” said Hranicky of her performance. “That was one of the best games that I’ve pitched.”

The sixth frame would be the first run scored for Southwestern as Chasidy Zimmerman reached on an error. A batter later Flynn knocked an RBI single up the middle to score Zimmerman.

Somerset could have been down by a run or two after the sixth, but Kristin Floyd made a nice throw to Dorsey at third to get the first out. Gadberry collected a K and a pop-up for the other two leaving Flynn on second.

The seventh inning was three up, three down for both teams forcing the extra inning.

Starnes would begin the inning with a shot between the third baseman and short stop. Zimmerman advanced her with a nice sacrifice bunt down the first base side.

With Starnes on second, Bethany Beatty laid down a perfect bunt right in front of the plate that ended up scoring Starnes because of the throw to first being mis-handled, but Felts would make a good throw to second where Allyson Childers applied the tag to get Beatty out at second. A pop-up by Flynn would end the extra frame with the Lady Warriors up 2-1.

“We are better than two runs a game,” commented the Southwestern head coach. “We have had to scratch and claw for runs all season – we really need to get the bats going, and understand how our team is made up.”

Woodall would send Kosmecki to the mound for the save opportunity, and face four Somerset batters walking one while striking out the rest to preserve the win for Hranicky.

“She didn’t seem like she was throwing as hard as we have seen her,” said Dorsey of Hranicky’s performance. “She threw her off-speed stuff well, but I take my hat off to her – they played well, played good defense, and got the win 2-1.”

Somerset didn’t get the senior send-off for Cowan that they had hoped for, but the Lady Briar Jumpers will find it hard-pressed to fill the cleats of Cowan next season.

“She has been a six-year starter,” said Dorsey of his lone senior. “We go as she goes. She has had the highest batting average, total bases and on-base percentage over the last three or four years. She leads by example. She will be sorely missed – she is definitely a superstar in my book.”

Southwestern (14-12) would win game two over Somerset (8-23) by a score of 7-1. Kosmecki with nine K’s collected the win and the loss goes to Alianne Tilley who would go without issuing a walk while collecting 4K’s.


SW 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 – 2 4 2

SHS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 1 6 1

WP – Hranicky 7IP 6H 11K. LP – Gadberry 8IP ER 4H 2BB 5K. S – Kosmecki IP BB 3K. Double – Dorsey, West, Floyd. RBI – Flynn, Beatty.

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