Last Monday was the official starting date for baseball and softball seasons in Tennessee. The weather had other plans. It was obvious winter wasn’t through as frigid temperatures and some precipitation pushed the start of the seasons back a few days. The Jackets’ baseball team had a two-day series with South Pittsburg postponed last Monday and Tuesday. Softball postponed their home opener with Bledsoe County until tomorrow night at 5 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets were able to play their early season District 7-AA Early Tournament. They went 2 – 3. They received a forfeit victory over Bledsoe County, who chose not to participate and defeated Sequatchie County 4 – 3. They lost a tough 4 – 3 game to District 7-AA favorite Signal Mountain, a 7 – 3 decision to Notre Dame, and an 11 – 9 decision to Chattanooga Christian.
Yellow Jacket ace, junior lefty Blaine Harris, was the tough luck loser on the mound against the talented Eagles. Harris went the distance scattering four hits, while giving up two walks and striking out two batters. All of Signal Mountain’s runs were unearned as the Jackets made five errors. Junior Noah Bean was 2 – 4 at the plate for the Jackets with a double and two RBIs.
Jackets 4 Sequatchie County 3
The Jackets were able to hold off their rivals 4 – 3 behind the pitching of Kollyn Cooper and Jacob Thomas. Cooper, a sophomore lefty was the winning pitcher, while Thomas got the save.
Notre Dame 7 Jackets 3
The Jackets outhit the Irish 8 – 5, but came up short on the scoreboard. Junior right-hander Kasen King took the loss, giving up four runs in the first inning. Only one run was earned. Harris was 3 – 4 at the plate, while Hagen Cash was 2 – 3 to help the Jacket offense.
CCS 11 Jackets 9
Sophomore lefty, Steven Yates went three innings and gave up six runs on six hits. Four of the runs were earned. Bean, Harris, and Kaleb Meeks all went 2 – 3 for the Jackets. Bean and Meeks each had a double.
The Lady Jacket softball team dropped two games last week. Thursday they traveled to Chattanooga Christian and lost 3 – 2. Friday they traveled to Moore County and lost 13 – 8. Head coach Jason Evans stated, “We had too many early season errors and strikeouts.” He added, “With several games this week, we will get lots of work to eliminate the errors and cut the strikeouts in half.”
The baseball team doesn’t hit the diamond again until Monday, when they travel to Chattanooga Christian for a 5 p.m., game. Tuesday, they will host Chattanooga Christian at 5 p.m.
The Lady Jackets will host Bledsoe County tomorrow night at 5 p.m., in a makeup game from last Monday.