By DOUG EADS
Since a season-opening loss to Mercer County, Brad Gover and the Pulaski County Lady Maroon softball team has been on an absolute tear, having not lost a game since.
Last night — facing a Somerset team for the first time this season — Gover and company extended their winning streak to 19 games in a row, with a 16-1 thumping over the Lady Jumpers in a game shortened to five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
And as one might imagine, it was a total team effort.
Eva Gover continued her outstanding season by going 4-4 at the plate with four runs driven in for Pulaski County.
Riley Hull went a perfect, 3-3 at the dish with 3 RBI, and Holly Barron was 3-3 at the plate with three runs driven in.
Bella Ellis banged out a couple of hits and drove in two runs, while Taylor Young went 3-3 at the plate with two RBI.
It was just that kind of night for a PC team that moved to 19-1 on the season and has shown no signs whatsoever of slowing down this year.
“We have a bunch of girls that just love the game of softball and look for ways to get better each game,” stated a very happy coach Gover after the game.
“I thought we hit the ball really well, and we were disciplined at the plate,” added the Lady Maroon coach. “We hit pitches that we could hit, and we were active in the field as well.”
As for Gover’s counterpart in this 47th District matchup, as one might imagine Somerset head coach David Dorsey wasn’t pleased with his club’s play or effort after the contest.
The loss dropped Somerset to 6-16 on the season, and Dorsey says that while he feels his club just isn’t very good right now, they will keep working to try to figure things out coming down the home stretch of the season with a very young team.
“Experience- wise right now, we’re probably a decent middle school team right now,” lamented Dorsey immediately following last night’s contest.
“I’m replacing seniors that have either graduated or quit this year with seventh and eighth graders and freshmen,” Dorsey added. “They’ve had some bright spots and I’m proud of that, but it’s just hard to compete with upperclassmen night in and night out with such a young team.”
Jasmine Peavy was a bright spot for Somerset in the loss with a hit and the Lady Jumpers lone RBI in the game.
Emma Hawk and Addison Langford both had hits in the game for Somerset, while seventh grader Molly Lucas led the Lady Jumpers with a pair of hits in the contest.
Both teams will meet up again tomorrow night at Somerset at 6 p.m. for a rematch — weather permitting.
On the baseball diamond last night, it was Somerset topping Pulaski County in a 47th District contest by a final score of 9-4.