The GCHS baseball team and Coach Chase Jones have had an amazing season that came to an end last week in the AA State Tournament in Smyrna. The Jackets end their season with a 23-12 overall record.
Riverside 5 – Jackets 4
Grundy’s first game of the tournament didn’t get started until after 10 p.m. due to a rain delay and didn’t end until after midnight. That didn’t stop the Jacket fans from showing up and showing support for these young men. The Jackets fell to Decatur County Riverside 5-4 in a heartbreaking loss.
The Panthers of Riverside struck first scoring 1 in the first inning and added another run in the fifth for a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the sixth, Noah Bean led off reaching on an error and advanced to second on a single from Kenzie Hill. A sac fly from Trey Hampton put the two in scoring position. Bean found home plate on a single from Jacob Thomas for the first run of the game for the Jackets.
The Jackets rallied in the top of the seventh to take the lead. Blane Harris and Jaden Ruehling started the Jackets off with singles and Bean loaded the bases after drawing a walk. Hampton ripped a double with 2 outs to clear the bases giving the Jackets a 4-2 lead.
The bottom of the seventh was looking good for the Jackets as they only needed one more out for the win. The Panther’s capitalized on a couple of mishaps from the Jacket defense to score 3 runs for the 5-4 win.
Thomas suffered the loss on the mound, giving up 7 hits, 5 runs with only one earned run, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts.
Harris and Hill were 2 for 4 with Harris scoring a run. Thomas was 1 for 1 with a RBI. Hampton and Evan Jaynes both hit 1 for 3 with Hampton ripping a double with 3 RBIs. Ruehling went 1 for 4 with a run scored. Bean scored 2 runs.
Elizabethton 12 – Jackets 0
The second game ended in just 5 innings with Elizabethton defeating the Jackets 12-0 for their final game of the season.
After a late night and an upsetting loss from the previous night, the Jackets never found their rhythm in their second game of the tournament. Elizabethton scored 12 runs off of 8 hits to end Grundy’s season.
Blane Harris suffered the loss starting on the mound for the Jackets pitching the first 2 and two-thirds innings, giving up 4 hits, 6 runs with only 3 of those being earned runs, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Evan Jaynes gave up 2 hits, 3 runs, and walked 1 in two-thirds inning. Jayden Markum walked 2 and gave up 2 runs. Kenzie Hill pitched the last inning and two-thirds, giving up 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and striking out 1.
Jacob Thomas hit 1 for 1 and Casen King was 1 for 2 for the only hits of the game from the Jackets.
The support the Jackets seen from all the fans was incredible. It didn’t matter how far the drive was or how late the game was, the Grundy faithful filled the stands to cheer for their Yellow Jackets. It was a season and team Grundy will remember for a long time.