The Grundy County Lady Jacket softball season came to an abrupt end last Tuesday night in the District 7 AA tournament with a pair of 8 – 2 losses at Chattanooga Christian. In the first game, the Lady Jackets fell to the top seeded Lady Chargers of Chattanooga Christian. Then the Lady Jackets had to turn around and battle the Sequatchie County Lady Indians in a rematch from the previous night. The Lady Jackets lost this time and the 2017 season was over. The Lady Jackets record for the year was 12 – 16.
In the winner’s bracket finals the Lady Jackets scored first with a run in the top of the second. After their hosts tied the game in the bottom half of that inning, the Lady Jackets once again scored in the top of the third. In the bottom of the third the Lady Chargers scored two runs and never looked back. They added three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth and that would be all the scoring on the evening and more than enough to advance to region play.
Makayla Nunley took the loss going three and two thirds. Nunley gave up five runs, three which were earned. She also gave up eight hits. Bailee Sweeton finished the game giving up three earned runs. Chloe Scissom had three hits including a double, scored a run, and drove home one run.
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In the loser’s bracket final the Lady Indians avenged their loss from the previous night with three run innings in the bottom of the fourth and fifth to break loose from a 2 – 2 tie and advanced to region play.
Nunley took the loss again. This time she went the distance. Kara Meeks had a double, while Kristin Weaver had a single and two RBIs.
Head coach Jason Evans reflected on the season and had this to say. “I’m very proud of this year’s team. When we started, we had some big shoes to fill and some key holes to fill. As the season progressed, our upperclassmen really stepped up their game and committed themselves to this team. As a result, some of our younger kids really jumped on board and became solid contributors. Chloe, Emilee, and Makayla were outstanding leaders this year.
“They did whatever was needed to help the team. Chloe and Emilee both had several position changes this season because that is what the team needed. This truly was a team. They didn’t bicker about playing time or stats. They just wanted to compete at the highest level, and in the end, that is exactly what this team did.
“Makayla has sacrificed her body for this team since they were little girls and this year she fought through more aches and pains than any other player in the region. But, she made it count. We really hate seeing these four seniors (Chloe, Emilee, Makayla, and Brooke) leave our program but they have raised the bar for our program to another level.
“Now as we prepare for next season, it will be time for Teah, Kara, Liz, and Kristin to lead us over the hump and take our program to the next level. We’re losing four senior bodies, but their leadership and examples will guide this program into next year’s season.
“I’d like to thank everyone that came out and supported us this year as well as those families and businesses that sponsored us financially. We truly have some of the best fans around. I’d also like to thank our booster club officers and my assistant coaches for all of their hard work this year. Monte and Jaylen have really poured their hearts into this program over the past several years and spent countless hours working for this program while sacrificing time at home. My final thanks goes to our players. My family and I have truly been blessed to have these girls in our lives. Words cannot express how proud I am of them and how excited we are to see what the future holds for them.”