The Grundy County Yellow Jacket baseball team dropped four games last week by a combined six runs. The week started with a 2 – 1 home loss to the Sequatchie County Indians last Tuesday. Monday’s district contest at Sequatchie County was washed out and will be made up on Saturday, April 29, at Sequatchie County. Game time will be 1 p.m. Friday, the Jackets began their participation in the Rebel Classic in Franklin County with a 4 – 2 loss to the Tullahoma Wildcats. On Saturday, they lost to the McMinn County Cherokees 4 – 2 and they concluded the Rebel Classic with a 1 – 0 loss to the Community Vikings.
The Jackets overall record stands at 5 – 9, and their District 7-AA record is 2 – 6. They were set to entertain Signal Mountain Monday, and travel to Signal Mountain on Tuesday, for a district series. The Jackets host the Mountain Valley Classic beginning today through Saturday. The Jackets play tonight at 7:15 p.m., against the Huntsville Falcons. Friday, the Jackets play Coffee County at 11 a.m., and Marshall County at 8 p.m. Saturday, the Jackets play Tullahoma at 8 p.m., to conclude the classic. Next Monday and Tuesday, the Jackets play Notre Dame in a district series. Monday’s game is at home at 5 p.m., and Tuesday’s game is at Notre Dame at 3 p.m.
Sequatchie County 2 Jackets 1
The Yellow Jackets’ junior southpaw ace Blaine Harris went toe to toe with Indian ace Sidney Shultz in the pitching duel loss. Harris scattered four hits and gave up an unearned run in the sixth and seventh innings to suffer the loss. Harris struck out five and walked one batter. Trent and Trey Hampton, Kaleb Meeks, and Noah Bean all managed hits, while Harris went 2 – 3. Harris scored the lone Yellow Jacket run on Trey Hampton’s run scoring single in the first inning.
Tullahoma 4 Jackets 2
The Jackets took a 2 – 1 lead to the bottom of the sixth inning before the Wildcats rallied for three runs and the victory. Thomas pitched five strong innings before giving up the three runs. In all, the Wildcats scored only one earned run on the day. The Jackets outhit the Wildcats 10 -7, but only managed two runs. Bean went 3 – 4 with an RBI.
McMinn County 8 Jackets 6
The Jackets’ bats came alive against the Cherokees scoring six runs in the first three innings and getting 10 hits for the game. Trent Hampton went 3 – 4, scored a run and drove home two runs. Bean and Jacob Thomas had two hits each. Bean had a double, scored a run, and had an RBI. Kenzie Hill had a hit and two RBIs. Hunter Sylvester and Jacob Thomas scored each scored a run. Kollyn Cooper started and went four innings giving up three earned runs on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Trey Hampton pitched the fifth and took the loss. Hill pitched the sixth.
Community 1 Jackets 0
Once again, the Jackets outhit their opponents 5 – 2, but couldn’t score in the tough 1 – 0 loss. Sophomore Steven Yates was the hard luck loser on the mound going the distance. Yates gave up two hits, walked two and struck out five. Harris went 3 – 3, while Trey Hampton and Thomas had the other two Jacket hits. The Jackets outhit three of their four opponents and equaled the other opponent in hits. They are looking for those timely hits to produce runs that in turn will produce victories.
Jacket baseball is in the same position as the Lady Jacket softball team. They are on the verge of great things. It’s just a matter of time before the key hits will turn their fortunes around.