The Yellow Jackets have gone 9-1 over their last 10 games to move to 9-3 on the season. Monday’s win over Bledsoe gave them a 1-0 district mark. They continue to improve and are turning heads. Coach Chase Jones is pleased but says his team still has plenty of work to do.
“You know they’re playing well but we talked this weekend that we’ve got so much to do to improve. The key right now for our kids is confidence and they’re definitely playing with confidence. We hit the hit the ball well this weekend. We’ve started to take a better approach at the plate even though tonight we definitely weren’t stellar at the plate although part of that you have to give credit to the Bledsoe pitcher. He kept us off balance.
Our focus coming into the year regardless of if we were on a losing streak, winning streak or whatever, baseball is a tournament sport. It’s all about how you’re performing when May gets here. When May gets here if you can make it out of the district and make it to a Monday night, Monday night is a one night deal. You have to be on your A game or your season is going to be over. That’s what our focus is. Whether we win or we lose our focus is getting better and understanding how to handle pressure situations. Don’t let one mistake create another mistake. We did that in our first two games. We made seven errors and six errors in the first two games of the season. A lot of those were because we were still thinking about our last one.
The boys are doing a lot better job of just settling and playing. Or focus is just each day getting better and don’t get caught up in the results,” said Coach Jones.
Tuesday Grundy traveled to Bledsoe barring weather. Thursday they begin play in the Rocket Tiger Classic at Marshall County. Today they play Cornersville at 4:30 and Marshall County at 6:30 in the tourney. Saturday they face off against Upperman at noon and Wyoming, Ohio at 7:30. Monday Sequatchie County comes to the Mountain for a 6:00 district game. Tuesday the Jackets go to Dunlap for another 6:00 start. Get out and support the Yellow Jackets this week Yellow Jacket fans!
Sequatchie Co. 5
The Jackets held off an Indian rally in the sixth to take the win. Grundy was up 2-0 after three. Sequatchie tied it up in the top of the fourth but the Jackets posted one in the bottom to get back in front 3-2. Grundy added two in the fifth to push out to a 5-2 lead. The Indians scored three in the top of the sixth but the Jackets’ run in the bottom of the sixth secured the one run win.
Dylan Cleek led the Jackets at the plate going 2 for 4 with a run scored. Chandler Knight hit 1 for 2 with a double, a RBI and a run scored. Elijah Bean was 1 for 3 with a double, a RBI and a run. Ethan Smith went 1 for 2 with a double and a run. Cole Johnson was 1 for 3. Taten McBee and Zach Sanders scored runs.
Chandler Knight pitched five and a third innings notching the win and striking out six. Tanner Foutch pitched the other two thirds of an inning striking out one and getting the save.
The Jackets saw their seven game win streak halted when they faced off against Chattanooga Christian last Thursday. CCS jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one. They added runs in the third and fourth to lead 5-0. Grundy posted two in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh but CCS had put one more up in the bottom of the sixth and prevailed.
Zach Sanders suffered the loss on the mound pitching five innings. He struck out two. Schylar Burgess and Tanner Foutch pitched the last inning striking out one each.
Cole Johnson had the hot bat going 3 for 3 with a run scored. Elijah Bean was 1 for 3 with a RBI and a run. Zach Sanders hit 1 for 3 and scored a run. Ethan Smith was 1 for 3 with a RBI. Chandler Knight went 1 for 4 with a RBI. Dylan Cleek was 1 for 4 with a run. Taten McBee went 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Schylar Burgess scored a run.
Grundy 14 –
Signal Mountain 1
It took the Jackets a little while to get warmed up in this one as Signal led 1-0 after one and held that lead through four innings. Grundy got hot at the plate in the top of the fifth scoring six runs. They added eight more in the sixth to turn the game into a blowout.
Elijah Bean went 4 for 4 to lead the way with 2 doubles, a RBI and 2 runs scored. Schylar Burgess was 2 for 3 with a double, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Cole Johnson was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs. Dylan Cleek was 2 for 5 with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Brady Meeks hit 1 for 1 with a RBI. Chandler Knight was 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs and a run. Zach Sanders was also 1 for 3 with 2 runs. Ethan Smith went 1 for 4. Taten McBee scored 2 runs and Tanner Foutch scored one and had a RBI.
McBee went the distance on the mound notching the win. He struck out two.
Notre Dame 6
The Irish and the Jackets battled back and forth in this one but Grundy’s eight runs in the third were the biggest difference. Notre Dame was up 4-0 through one and a half innings before the Jackets scored one. Grundy then put up those eight runs to take a 9-4 lead. Notre Dame scored two more in the fourth to cut it to 9-6. The Jackets’ insurance run came in the bottom of the fifth.
Three Jacket pitchers combined to pitch this game. Houston Mainord pitched two and a third striking out three. Elijah Bean went the next one and two thirds striking out three and notched the win. Tanner Foutch went the last two innings striking out two.
Several Jacket batters notched two hits. Schylar Burgess was 2 for 3 with a double, 3 RBIs and a run scored. Tanner Foutch went 2 for 3 with a RBI and 2 runs. Chandler Knight was 2 for 4 with a double, 2 RBIs and a run. Brady Meeks hit 1 for 2 with a RBI and a run. Cole Johnson was 1 for 2 with a RBI and a run. Taten McBee hit 1 for 3 with a RBI and a run. Dylan Cleek and Zach Sanders each scored runs.
In their first official District 7AA contest the Jackets prevailed with runs late in the game in Coalmont Monday night. Grundy posted one in the fifth and 2 in the sixth to notch the win. Houston Mainord pitched the distance and threw a no hitter, striking out six Warrior batters.
Chandler Knight led at the plate hitting 2 for 4. Schylar Burgess was 1 for 2 with a run scored. Tanner Foutch went 1 for 2 with a RBI. Zach Sanders hit 1 for 3 with a run. Dylan Cleek was 1 for 4 with a RBI. Ethan Smith scored the other Grundy run.