The 2019 Grundy County Yellow Jacket baseball team will have a brand new look this year, not only with the players on the field, but the coaching staff as well. First year head coach Bryan Morris inherits a young group of Yellow Jackets with very little experience as the 2019 team ventures into the new baseball season.
Coach Morris has a group of young men that he feels has a good mental approach to baseball and have shown improvement during the preseason, but contends they still have a long way to go.
The Jackets have four seniors in Ethan Chouinard, Kenzie Hill, Jaden Nance, and Steven Yates. Yates has an injured arm and is day to day. Chouinard and Hill were regulars in 2018 when the Jackets advanced to the Spring Fling and the Class AA state baseball tournament.
Jayden Marcom is the lone junior on the team and will play the infield and pitch. Sophomores makeup the majority of the team and they are led by Alex Killian, Jaden Ruehling, and Bailey Hill that started a large portion of the 2018 season. Other sophomores that will be called upon to help will be Jarom Huntley, Dalyn Pickett, Austin Thomas, and Braxton Norris. Two freshmen round out the roster. They are Tyler Byers and Peyton Huntley.
Bailey Hill will handle the catching duties, while Ruehling and Killian will play on the infield. Killian, Chouinard, Kenzie Hill, Huntley, and Marcom will be relied on to lead an inexperienced pitching staff. Coach Morris will use almost everyone on the team to build depth on the mound.
Coach Morris feels the team has shown the ability to handle the bat on offense and he plans to be aggressive on offense.
The Jackets opened their season with a home game Monday against Whitwell. The Jackets play tonight (Thursday) in Sequatchie County against the Indians at 6:30 p.m., in the Early Season District Tournament. They will play tomorrow at 3 p.m., against Bledsoe County at Sequatchie County. Saturday afternoon the Jackets return to Sequatchie County and will play Cumberland County at 3 p.m., and Marion County at 5:30 p.m., to round out the Early Tournament that is used for tie – breaking purposes later in the season for district tournament seeding.
The Jackets will return to action next Thursday as they travel to Woodbury to take on the Cannon County Lions at 5 p.m.