The Grundy County Yellow Jacket baseball team started the week off with two big District 7 AA victories over the Marion County Warriors. However, the rest of the week saw the team go through their worst slump of the season so far. They dropped three decisions in the Mountain Valley Classic and the other game was cancelled in the fourth inning due to lightning.
The Jackets shut out the Warriors 6 – 0 on Tuesday night in Jasper. They rallied on Wednesday to defeat the Warriors 8 – 5 at home. Thursday they rallied in the late innings to tie the Huntland Hornets in South Pittsburg, before losing 5 – 4 in eight innings. Friday, they lost to Marshall County 14 – 0 at Marion County High School and Saturday lost 12 – 1 to Coffee County at home. Late Saturday night, the game against Middle Tennessee was cancelled when lightning was in the area.
The Jackets were off Monday and Tuesday, which probably came at a good time. Tomorrow (Friday), they play against the Champions of Cascade, who are hosting the Walking Horse Tournament. Game time is 5 p.m., at Cascade High School. Saturday the Jackets will play Moore County at 11 a.m., and Middle Tennessee at 1:30 p.m. Both of these games will also be played at Cascade. The Jackets will host Sequatchie County Monday at 5 p.m., and travel to Sequatchie County on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. game. These games will decide the top seed in the District 7 AA tournament and the regular season championship. The Jackets are 5 -1 in district play and 12 – 8 overall.
Jackets 6 MCHS 0
Sophomore Alex Killian hurled a one hitter and a six run fifth inning ignited the Jackets to their 6 – 0 over the Warriors in the first game of the series at Marion County. Killian also led the offense going 3 – 3, while scoring a run and driving home two more. Jaden Ruehling added two hits, a run scored, and two rbis. Jarom Huntley, Kenzie Hill, Dalyn Pickett, Steven Yates, and Bailey Hill each had singles. Huntley, Yates, Bailey Hill, and Braxton Norris scored the other runs. Pickett and Huntley had rbis. Killian struck out 11 Warriors and yielded three free passes via the base on balls.
Jackets 8 MCHS 5
The Jackets once again came alive in the fifth inning. They trailed the Warriors 5 – 2 through four and a half innings, as they continued to stay behind their visitors. However, the offense came alive with five runs in the pivotal fifth inning and added an insurance run in the sixth to sweep the series. Junior Jayden Marcom went five innings, giving up eight hits and five runs. He had five strikeouts and two walks. Senior Kenzie Hill pitched three strong innings, striking out seven, walking one, and limiting the Warriors to two hits to seal the win. Offensively, Jarom Huntley was the catalyst from the second batting position with a sacrifice bunt in the first and a bunt single loading the bases in the fifth to spark the comeback. He was 3 – 3 with a run and an rbi. Jaden Ruehling, Kenzie Hill, and Steven Yates each had two hits. Ruehling and Yates doubled, while Yates also had a triple. Braxton Norris and Killian had a single each. Ruehling scored three runs, while Killian, Kenzie Hill, Yates, and Norris scored single runs.
Huntland 5 Jackets 4 8 innings
The Jackets pitching yielded a double and a triple, but six walks and five errors on defense put the Jackets in a tough situation all night. The Jackets managed four hits and took a 3 – 2 lead to the bottom of the sixth. After yielding two runs in the bottom of the sixth, the Jackets scored in the seventh to tie the game. In the eighth, the Hornets scored a run on an error to walk off with the win.
Marshall County 14 Jackets 0
Even though there aren’t any statistics for this game, it was obvious the Jackets couldn’t get back up after their tough walk off loss from the night before. The Tigers, who are perennially one of the best teams in the Midstate made the Jackets pay.
Coffee County 12 Jackets 1
The Jackets once again struggled on both sides. Offensively, they managed five hits and one run. Defensively, they committed five errors, while the pitching gave up four walks, four hit batsmen, and seven hits. Ruehling, Kenzie Hill, Ethan Chouinard, Pickett, and Norris each had singles. Chouinard scored the run on the single by Norris in the second inning.