Baseball Jackets Advance to Region Tourney
No matter the outcome of Tuesday’s district final the Yellow Jackets will advance to the region tournament. Grundy played Signal Mountain for the title. The winner of that game hosts a region first round game on Monday against the District 8AA runner up. The loser will travel to their #1 team. The Jackets have moved to 28-11 on the season.
“If we can win Tuesday that means the Region will be here Monday and that will be huge. We haven’t hit the ball very well. We haven’t been consistent hitting the baseball. We’ve left a lot of runners on going all the way back to the Marion County game. We’ve had quality at-bats. Balls we hit just happened to find leather.
Against Whitwell we had several scoring opportunities. Against Sequatchie in both games we really had opportunities to blow both games open and we never did. We’re going to have to capitalize on those opportunities or it’s going to come back and bite us this time of year.
Now the championship game Tuesday is just a one game winner take all. We were talking to the kids that it’s a big honor to win the district tournament but the huge thing is having an opportunity to host a region game Monday night. Monday night is win and advance or lose and go home game. To have the opportunity to play that one at home in front of the home crowd that makes Tuesday huge for us to try and get out of there with a district championship,” said Coach Chase Jones.
Chandler Knight was named the District 7AA player of the year for the regular season. Dylan Cleek, Elijah Bean, Cole Johnson and Schylar Burgess made the all-district team. Coach Jones was also named coach of the year for the district.
Be prepared to back the Jackets come Monday in the start of the region. Look for schedule updates on who and when Grundy plays on the Grundy County Herald web site and Facebook page. Get out and support the Yellow Jackets this week Yellow Jacket fans!
Grundy 3 – Whitwell 1
Rain pushed Grundy’s senior night game against the Tigers to last Thursday. The Jackets got down 1-0 after one but tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Their two runs in the next inning secured the win.
Dylan Cleek was 1 for 2 at the plate with 2 runs scored. Elijah Bean was 1 for 2 with a run. Cole Johnson was also 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs. Cameron Caldwell had the other hit for Grundy going 1 for 3.
Houston Mainord, Chandler Knight, Tanner Foutch, Schylar Burgess, Taten McBee, Zach Sanders and Cameron Caldwell all pitched one inning each against the Tigers. McBee was on the mound in the fifth and got the win. The pitchers combined for five strikeouts.
Grundy 3 –
Sequatchie Co. 1
These teams have battled tight all year and this one was no different. Grundy posted runs in the bottom of the first, third and fourth to go up 3-0. The Indians’ one run in the top of the seventh wasn’t enough and the Jackets took a 1-0 lead in the best of three series on Friday.
Chandler Knight led at the plate going 2 for 4 with a homerun, a double, a RBI and a run scored. Cole Johnson was 1 for 3 with a RBI and a run. Elijah Bean was also 1 for 3 with a run. Zach Sanders also hit 1 for 3. Taten McBee had the other RBI.
Elijah Bean went the distance on the mound and notched with win striking out eight.
Grundy 6 –
Sequatchie Co. 4
Saturday the Jackets traveled to Dunlap for the second game in the three game series and decided they weren’t going to need a third game. In a back and forth battle Grundy went up 1-0 after one but Sequatchie tied it in the bottom of the second. The Jackets responded strong with three runs in the third to go up 4-1. The Indians would trim off one in the fourth and take the other two back in the fifth to tie it up. Grundy’s two runs in the sixth would be the difference.
Elijah Bean swung big hitting 3 for 4 with a double and 2 runs scored. Tanner Foutch was 2 for 3 with a run. Dylan Cleek was 2 for 4 with a double, 2 RBIs and a run scored. Chandler Knight went 2 for 4 with 2 runs. Cole Johnson had 2 RBIs.
Houston Mainord got the win pitching five innings and striking out four. Tanner Foutch came in for the last two innings and got the save striking out two more.