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Opposing hitters can't touch Somerset Legion pitching

The hitters in the Unity and Amery American Legion lineups couldn't touch Somerset's pitching last week.

In the 16 innings of the three games last week, Somerset pitchers stingily allowed five hits. Of course, Somerset was the winner in all three of the games. The wins raise Somerset's record to 9-2 for the season.

The week started with a double-header against Unity last Tuesday. Somerset's Jared Dettman left Unity's hitters quaking in their spikes. Dettman threw a no-hitter, striking out 10 batters in four innings as Somerset won 10-0 on the 10-run rule.

Unity managed only one baserunner in the game and even that came on a strikeout. The Unity player swung at a breaking ball for strike three, but the ball scooted past catcher Rocky Larson and the runner was able to reach base.

"I thought J.J.'s stuff was really electric," said Somerset coach Ron Willett. "Darn near the best I've ever seen from him."

Larson led Somerset's offense with three hits and two runs scored. Zack Warren, Dakota Belter and Sean Conrad each collected two hits.

Conrad handled the pitching in the second game, throwing a two-hitter as Somerset topped Unity 6-4. Conrad also contributed two hits in the second game, as did Belter and Dylan Willett. Willett drove home two runs.

On Thursday Somerset was able to handle Amery, by a 12-4 score. Nick Dvorak pitched the seven innings against Amery, allowing three hits. Two of Amery's runs were earned.

Belter scored three runs to lead the attack against Amery. He also came up with a big defensive play for the final out in the seventh. Amery had the bases loaded and a hard grounder was hit deep in the hole at shortstop. Belter tracked down the ball, firing the long throw across the infield to nip the Amery runner.

Willett had three hits in the game and Conrad two hits. Dettman doubled twice and had three runs batted in.

Somerset resumes its Legion schedule on Friday with a game at Unity. Next Tuesday Somerset will be playing a double-header at New Richmond.