Grundy’s rebuilding year came to an end Saturday, when Chattanooga Christian eliminated Grundy from the District 7AA tournament. The Jackets won more than expected this season and finished with a 14-23 record.
“I felt we were ready going into the tournament but unfortunately over those last three games we scored a total of two runs. We beat Bledsoe 2-1 to get into the tournament and then CCS beat us 10-0 and 12-0.
“It was a great year. I enjoyed every second of coaching our kids. As much as we lost from last year coming into this season, I really didn’t know what to expect. I don’t ever judge the success of a year on the amount of wins that we have. I was surprised that we got over 10 wins after coming after the way that we looked coming into the season.
“I’m very proud of the two seniors we had. Brady Meeks and Paul Freeman did everything they could to keep the ship righted over the course of the year. I think every kid and every coach on the team would say it was a very enjoyable year. It would have been great to advance on through the district tournament but I’m very excited about where our program is heading,” said Coach Chase Jones.
Grundy 2 – Bledsoe Co. 1
Grundy won the play in game Thursday over Bledsoe to advance to the best of three series with Chattanooga Christian. The Jackets took a 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the 3rd and then added one in the 4th. Bledsoe attempted a rally in the 7th but came up a run short.
Paul Freeman got the win on the mound going the distance. Freeman gave up four hits and a walk while striking out three.
Bailey Foutch led at the plate hitting 2 for 2. Noah Bean was 2 for 3 with a run scored. Paul Freeman and Trey Hampton both it 1 for 3. Kaleb Meeks scored the other run.
CCS 10 – Grundy 0
The Jackets got shut out Friday against Chattanooga Christian. The Chargers took a 2-0 lead after two innings and added one in the 4th. They blew the game open with seven runs in the bottom of the 6th to run rule the game.
Blane Harris got the start and the loss pitching five innings. Harris gave up 9 hints and 2 walks while striking out 5. Casen King pitched in relief giving up a hit and 2 walks.
Blane Harris, Brady Meeks and Noah Bean were all 1 for 3 at the plate.
CCS 12 – Grundy 0
Saturday the Chargers came to the mountain and shut out the Jackets again to end Grundy’s season. CCS scored 2 in the 1st, 1 in the 2nd and the 3rd, 2 in the 4th and 6 in the 5th to advance to the tournament finals.
Kollyn Cooper, Kenzie Hill and Bailey Foutch combined for duties on the mound. The group gave up 11 hits and 7 walks while striking out 1.
Paul Freeman notched Grundy’s only hit going 1 for 2.