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Jacket baseball splits district series with warriors 

Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10:28 am

 

SPORTS CORRESPONDENT 

Jody Hargis 

The Grundy County Yellow Jacket baseball team went 2 – 2 on the week including splitting a two game series with the Bledsoe County Warriors. The Jackets took the first game of the series at home last Monday night 7 – 3. On Tuesday at Bledsoe County, the Jackets couldn’t hold onto a 4 – 0 lead and lost 7 – 6 in the bottom of the seventh for their first district defeat on the season. Last Thursday, the Jackets made it a season sweep of Cannon County out of District 8 AA with a 3 – 2 decision. On Saturday, the week ended on a disappointing note as the team made the trek to Cleveland to face the Blue Raiders and dropped a five inning decision 10 – 0 to their Class AAA hosts.

The Jackets are now 10 – 5 on the season overall. They are 3 – 1 in District 7 AA play. They were set to host the Marion County Warriors on Monday and was to travel to the Warriors on Tuesday for yet another District 7 AA series. Tonight (Thursday), the Jackets will play Huntland at South Pittsburg at 7 p.m., in the Mountain Valley Classic. On Friday (tomorrow), the Jackets will go back to Marion County for a 3:15 p.m., contest with Marshall County in the classic. On Saturday, five games will be played in the classic at Grundy County High School. The Jackets will play at 10 a.m., against Coffee County and in the nightcap scheduled at 8 p.m., against Middle Tennessee. 

Other games on Saturday at GCHS will be at 12:30 p.m., Marshall County versus Coffee County; 3 p.m., Huntsville, Alabama versus Marshall County; and 5:30 p.m., Middle Tennessee versus Huntsville, Alabama. 

Jackets 7 BCHS 3 

The Jackets used a four run fourth inning to vault them to their third district win in as many games on their way to the 7 – 3 victory. Sophomore Alex Killian was a star on the hill as well as at the plate in leading the Jackets to the victory. Killian pitched six strong innings striking out nine and walking four. He went 3 – 3 at the dish, while driving home four runs and scoring a run himself. Two of his three hits were doubles. Senior Kenzie Hill drove home two runs and pitched a scoreless seventh inning, striking out one to close out the win.  Sophomores Dalyn Pickett and Bailey Hill had a single each. Fellow sophomore Jaden Ruehling scored two runs on the evening. 

BCHS 7 Jackets 6 

The Jackets jumped out to a 3 – 0 lead after one inning and was in control of the contest until the host Warriors erupted for five runs in the fourth inning to take the lead. A single run in the fifth and two more runs in the sixth put the Jackets back in front 6 – 5 going to the bottom of the seventh. The Warriors scored two runs in the home half of the seventh to rally for the victory without the benefit of a hit. The Jackets managed eight hits. Bailey had two of those hits including a double. Ruehling, Killian, Pickett, Jarom Huntley, Ethan Chouinard, and Jaden Nance had the other hits all singles. Ruehling, Chouinard, Huntley, Bailey Hill, and Nance had rbis. Junior Jayden Marcom pitched the first four innings and Pickett pitched the final three innings. 

Jackets 3 Cannon Co. 2 

The Jackets put their terrible loss to Bledsoe County behind them last Thursday with a tough 3 – 2 win over the Lions. Seniors Ethan Chouinard and Kenzie Hill combined on a three hitter to give the Jackets the much needed victory after their loss on Tuesday. Chouinard threw four innings giving up the three hits and two runs. He had one strike out and one walk.  Hill threw the final three innings and overpowered the Lions with five strikeouts and one walk, while holding them hitless in the final three innings to preserve the victory. Offensively, the Jackets had six hits and scored three runs in the first two innings and it was just enough to support the great pitching outing by the two seniors. Killian was hot again, going 3 – 3 with a run scored and an rbi. Huntley added a double and two rbis, while fellow sophomore Braxton Norris had two hits and scored a run. Killian also had a double. 

Cleveland 10 Jackets 0 

The Jackets were shut out by the Class AAA Blue Raiders 10 – 0 on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland. The Jackets managed only three hits on the day.  Ruehling, Pickett, and Norris were able to get singles. The Jackets gave up runs in each of the five innings except the second inning. The Blue Raiders scored four runs to walk off with the five inning victory.