March 21, 2014

Cards score early in 6-2 win over ‘Jumpers

South Laurel scores all six runs in first three innings to beat Somerset

By Denis House
Sports Editor

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — SOMERSET—South Laurel jumped on top of host Somerset early, scoring all six runs in the first three innings of a 6-2 win.

Even though his team picked up the win, Coach Wynn Harris was a little concerned that after the first three innings his team seemed to let up a little bit.

“We put it in cruise control again,” Harris said. “We’ve had a little bit of a letdown in the fifth and sixth innings. That seems to be our M.O. (method of operation).

The Cardinals (3-0) got to Somerset (2-1) pitching early, knocking starter Brian Rutherford out in the third inning after scoring five runs off of him before he was replaced by Zack Dishman.

South Laurel scored twice in the top of the first inning for the early lead. Trey Martin led off by drawing a walk and stealing second. Daniel Neal then beat out an infield single to bring Zach Allen to the plate. Allen stroked a two-run single to center for the 2-0 lead.

The Cards made it 3-0 in the second when Austin Vigeant led things off with an infield single and Derek Spurlock reached on an error. Tucker Martin beat out a bunt single to load the bases for Trey Martin, who flew out to left, scoring Vigeant.

South wrapped up its scoring in the third by adding three more runs to make it a 6-0 game.

Allen walked to lead off the inning and Braden Miller reached on an error. An infield single by Taylor Morris loaded the bases for Brennan Miller, who singled to right, scoring Allen and Braden Miller to make it 5-0. That was all for Rutherford, who was replaced by Dishman. Vigeant laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored Morris and the lead grew to 6-0.

Somerset had chances early against Trey Martin, leaving seven runners on base through Martin’s four innings of work. The Briarjumpers left two runners on in both the third and fourth innings but could never get that hit needed to drive them in. They would also leave two runners on in both the sixth and seventh innings against reliever Allen.

In the fourth inning Allen, still playing first base, flashed some gold glove leather when with two runners on and one out, he snagged a hard liner off the bat of Addison Thompson for the third out.

“We got ourselves into some jams and we got ourselves out of some jams,” Harris said.

The Cards had a chance to add to their lead but left two runners on in both the sixth and seventh innings. In all South Laurel left 10 runners stranded.

Somerset scored its first run in the bottom of the fifth off Allen when Charlie Dishman took a 3-2 offering and deposited it over the deepest part of the park, 375 feet into left-center to cut the lead to 6-1.

Then in the bottom of the seventh Somerset put its first two runners on with no outs before Allen got Bryson Jones to ground out. Logan Ramsey then singled to center to score a run to cut the lead to 6-2. Allen then got the next two batters to ground out to end the game.

“All in all I’m pleased,” Harris said. “Somerset has a good team and to hold them to only five hits is pretty good. We are still having too many walks but we’ve won three games and I really like our pitching.”

The Cards were scheduled to travel to take on Southwestern last night then be on the road tonight at Harlan County.