OWENSBORO — The tears in Dave Dorsey's eyes nearly spilled over.
The coach choked them back as he smiled wide and talked about his Somerset team's trip to the state softball tournament.
"We've asked so much of them and they've given me all they've got," he said.
Dorsey beamed like he was the coach of the state champion even though the Lady Jumpers' season ended in a 7-3 loss to Ashland in the consolation bracket at Jack Fisher Park on Friday night.
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The coach had every reason to be proud.
Up until this season, Somerset had never won a game in the post-season. This time they won four to advance to the state tournament for the first time in school history.
There were no nerves in the opener here, with the Jumpers (28-15) beating Jenkins 7-0 behind three hits and two RBI from outfielder Bethany Edwards. First baseman Drewcilla Jackson also had two RBI in the win.
In the next round, No. 7 Allen County-Scottsville won 2-1 to send Somerset to the consolation bracket where they eventually fell.
"In my mind, we're winners," he said. "Just getting here and fighting as hard as they did ... that makes them winners. I'm very, very proud of them."
No. 3 Aces fall in two
The jaw dropper of the state softball tournament happened just two games in for Owensboro Catholic.
The No. 3 Lady Aces, the defending state champions with all of its starters back, fell in the first round to top-ranked Christian County 3-1 at Jack Fisher Park.
"Same team, different results," Coach George Randolph said afterward.
Catholic had come back in these situations before, making its way out of the consolation bracket to advance back to the title game, but not this time.
Ryle upset the Aces 1-0 in the next game.
Cassie Hamilton led the Raiders with two hits. She scored the winning run on a wild pitch after she started the game with a double.
Pitcher Haylee Smith held the Aces to four hits.
Even though he had everyone back from last season, Randolph saw a difference in his team all season.
"The chemistry was totally different this year," he said. "We played some really good ball at times, but we weren't consistent all year.
"For whatever reason today, nothing clicked. It's hard to win any games when you don't score any runs."
Clark County falls
The Cardinals won their first game of the tournament 5-1 over Ashland behind balanced scoring. Eight different players got hits, with Caitlin Collins and Shamy Williams each getting two apiece.
Four different players batted in a run each in the win. No. 6 Mercy sent the Cards to the consolation bracket with an 11-1 drubbing. The Jaguars got 15 hits off of two Clark County pitchers.
Another top 10 team, No. 5 North Laurel, ousted Clark County from the tournament with a 7-0 win.
Estes throws no-hitter
In No. 17 Green County's first trip to the state tournament, Kasey Estes made the most of her appearance, throwing a no-hitter in the consolation bracket quarterfinals against Pleasure Ridge Park, which the Dragons beat 4-0 to advance. Estes didn't walk a batter and she struck out three in the win.
Two separate lightning delays helped prolong the tournament at different times during the day. The first delay, which forced a 30-minute game stoppage, came at 2:12 p.m. Central Time, followed by another delay at 9:36 p.m.
The final delay halted the final four games of the day.