While the school system was enjoying a weather friendly spring break, the Yellow Jacket baseball team kept on working and played three games last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to close out Spring Break Week under beautiful weather conditions. The outcomes weren’t as pretty as the weather, although they started that way. The Jackets rallied in the late innings to defeat their hosts, the Cannon County Lions of District 8 AA, 8 – 5 last Thursday. However, their visit to DeKalb County on Friday against the Tigers, another District 8 AA foe, wasn’t as enjoyable. The Jackets suffered their worst defeat to date with an 18 – 5 five inning loss to their hosts. The Jackets returned home on Saturday to host the Coffee County Red Raiders and lost a tough 3 – 2 decision on a beautiful springtime afternoon.
The Jackets are now 4 – 3 on the season. They were set to begin District 7 AA play with a Monday and Tuesday series with Cumberland County. They were to travel to Crossville on Monday and then hosts the Jets on Tuesday. However, impending inclement weather may have changed that schedule somewhat. The Jackets are set to travel to Unionville this weekend to play in the Community High School baseball tournament. Tomorrow (Friday) they will play Richland at 5 p.m. On Saturday, they will play Hubbard, Ohio at 5 p.m., and the host, Community High School at 7 p.m. The Jackets will play a district series with Bledsoe County on Monday, April 1 and Tuesday, April 2.
Jackets 8 Cannon County 5
The Jackets fell behind 4 – 0 after three innings and didn’t produce much offense until the fifth inning. Head coach Bryan Morris said, “We made some adjustments at the plate and put the bat on the ball and started making things happen.” The Jackets didn’t have a hit until sophomore right fielder Austin Thomas led off the fifth with a single. The Jackets plated three runs in the inning as sophomore third baseman Alex Killian and senior center fielder Ethan Chouinard contributed singles to help the cause. After surrendering another run in the bottom of the fifth, the Jackets kept it rolling in the sixth with five runs on only three hits as they rallied for their fourth win in five starts. Thomas and Killian each scored two runs for the Yellow Jackets.
DeKalb County 18 Jackets 5
The Jackets suffered their second defeat of the season and a rough one as the host Tigers plated 10 runs in the decisive third inning to coast to the five inning 18 – 5 victory. Killian had three hits and scored two runs for the Jackets, while Chouinard also scored two runs in the tough loss.
Coffee County 3 Jackets 2
The young Jackets put their bad performance from less than 24 hours earlier behind them with a gritty battle with the Class AAA Red Raiders. After giving up a run in each of the first two innings, sophomore hurler Dalyn Pickett scattered five hits, struck out four, and walked four in the tough luck loss. The Jackets scored a run in the fourth to cut the deficit in half 2 – 1. After a Red Raider home run in the top of the fifth, the Jackets scored a run in the sixth, and got the first four batters on base in the seventh, but couldn’t even the score. In the sixth, a double play on a fly ball to left and gunning down the runner at the plate left the Jackets one run behind. In the seventh, a leadoff single by sophomore leadoff hitter Jaden Ruehling was wiped out when he was tagged out in a run down between first and second base on a pickoff play. The next batter Alex Killian reached on an error, moved to second on a passed ball, but was thrown out at second on a come-backer to the pitcher by Kenzie Hill for the second out. The Jackets managed to get runners on second and third when Ethan Chouinard doubled to right center. After an intentional walk to Pickett to load the bases, Bailey Hill grounded to short to end the game.