For Phil Grundy and the Somerset Briar Jumper baseball team, it’s not exactly been a great week.

After losing seniors Matt Salmons and Andy Cole for the remainder of the season for disciplinary reasons, the Jumpers were blown out at home on Monday night, 14-6 by the Campbellsville Eagles.

Last night, the 15-8 Jumpers were looking to bounce back and put all of the adversity behind them, as they welcomed in the 8-15 Adair County Indians.

However, Somerset’s woes continued in a very lackluster effort.

Joseph Willis handcuffed Grundy’s club all night long, limiting Somerset to only one hit, en route to a stunning, 6-0 victory over the Briar Jumpers, who fell to 15-9 with the loss and dropped their second straight game of the week.

Not exactly the scenario Grundy would have drawn up, headed into tonight’s district showdown with arch-rival Pulaski County at Charlie Taylor Field.

“We came out flat, and sometimes you wonder what these guys are thinking,” stated Grundy, after last night’s lackluster effort. “We’ve got good kids, and it’s not that they don’t want to do well, but it’s just that sometimes, when the going gets tough, they don’t want to step up.”

“We need some leadership,” added the Jumper coach. “We’re not playing any seniors, but I need our juniors and sophomores, guys that have been two and three year starters to step up and lead this team. We had one hit tonight, and (Chris) Fitzpatrick got the ball up a little bit, and when you get the ball up against anybody, they’re going to hit you. Adair County was aggressive at the plate, and they swung the bats great.”

Adair County, coming in seven games under .500, played like a losing team with three errors in the bottom of the first inning.

However, Ryan McQueary’s club shook off that shaky start, and went to work against Fitzpatrick and the Jumpers in the top half of the second frame, swinging the bat with some authority.

Center fielder Kurt Jessie got things started with a leadoff homerun to deep left field, giving the Indians a quick, 1-0 lead.

Later in the frame, designated hitter Andrew Roy made it 2-0 with a run-scoring single, Adair County’s fourth hit of the frame, and that would be all the run support Adair County’s Joseph Willis would need.

Willis threw a complete game, one-hitter at the Jumpers, only giving up Chase Hall’s leadoff single in the fifth inning.

“We’ve lost five games this year by one run, but we feel like we’ve got a pretty good club,” noted Indian head coach Ryan McQueary after his team’s impressive victory.

“We came in 8-15, but we feel like we could just as easily be 15-8,” McQueary added. “We’ve played some tough games, and we’ve played some tough teams this year. It seems like we either show up, or we don’t show up. Joseph (Willis) is our number one pitcher, and his ball really moves a lot, so you never really know what to expect. I thought he threw it really well tonight, and we shut down a pretty good club in Somerset.”

Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick also threw a complete game for the Briar Jumpers, but unlike Willis, he surrendered 13 hits in the defeat; 8 singles, 4 doubles, and Jessie’s homerun.

Already leading the Jumpers 2-0, Adair County padded that lead to 3-0 in the fifth inning, on a Chris Lewis RBI double, that drove in leadoff hitter Blake Hatcher, who had singled with one out in the frame.

The Indians then blew things wide open in the top of the seventh, when Adair County tallied 3 more runs off of Fitzpatrick.

Hatcher had a lead off walk, stole second base, and came home on another RBI double off the bat of Lewis.

Somerset’s lone error of the night allowed another run to come home, and Dustin Morrison had an RBI double, rounding out the scoring for the victorious Indians.

“I don’t think the guys were looking past Adair County tonight, but I just wanted a ballgame tonight to get ready for Pulaski County to swing the bats,” noted Grundy. “But, we didn’t swing the bats. We only had two balls that left the infield. There’s nothing positive to take from this game, except for the fact that we were competing, but in this situation, I don’t think we competed for seven innings. I think we had one or two chances to get back in the game early, when it was 2-0 and 3-0, but we didn’t do it.”

The loss to the Indians dropped Somerset to 15-9 on the year, and gave the Jumpers a two-game losing slide, which they will take into tonight’s game against the Maroons.

Tonight’s game is set to get underway at 8:00 p.m.


Adair Co. 6 13 3

Somerset 0 1 1


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