Grundy righted the ship and have rolled off three straight wins over the last week. The team moved to 23-5 on the season and 7-3 in district play.
“The goal at the beginning of the year was trying to place first or second in the district to get the bye and avoid the play-in game. We’ve done that by placing second. We’ll most likely face Signal Mountain in a best of three series. Winning the last three was key in this with the two district wins.
“The last few weeks has been crazy with rainouts and rescheduling. We were supposed to travel to Huntland, but they were gracious enough to come to our place to give us a senior night when ours got cancelled by Marion who had to make up a district game.
“We’ve worked to instill in the team to make it out of the district and on to the state. In the district tournament, it’s where the men are separated from the boys. Everything we’ve done since last year had been to prepare for what starts on Friday. I feel good where we’re at. We’ve had a good year.
“I’d like to challenge the community to come out and fill the bleachers. These kids feed off of the enthusiasm in the stands and I don’t think they’ll be disappointed with the effort of their team,” said Coach Jones Monday night.
Grundy was set to go to DeKalb County on Tuesday. Senior night was moved to Wednesday night against Huntland for the final regular season game. The district tournament begins Friday and the Jackets will host at 5 p.m. Get out and support the Jackets this week!
Grundy 5 – Signal Mountain 4
The Jackets got redemption April 21, when they traveled to Signal Mountain and notched a one-run win to avenge the loss from the night before. Grundy jumped on top 3-0 in the top of the 1st and never trailed the rest of the way. The Eagles scored one in the bottom of the inning. Grundy added their other two in the 3rd. Signal posted one more in the 3rd and two in the 5th but the Jackets defense held and notched the win.
Tanner Foutch started on the mound and got the win pitching four innings and striking out three. Houston Mainord tossed the last three and got the save, striking out one.
Dallas Bryan led the Jackets at the plate going 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored. Hogan Holland hit 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs. Taten McBee was 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and a RBI. Tanner Foutch was also 2 for 4. Chandler Knight went 1 for 3. Elijah Bean was 1 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Noah Bean scored the other run.
Grundy 1 – South Pittsburg 0
Last Thursday Grundy got a win over the Pirates. The winning run was scored in the top of the 5th. Chandler Knight went the distance on the mound for the win and struck out 12 of the 27 batters he faced.
Paul Freeman led at the plate going 2 for 3 and scored the run. Chandler Knight hit 1 for 3 with a double and a RBI. Brady Meeks went 1 for 1 and Elijah Bean was 1 for 3.
Grundy 9 – Notre Dame 1
Grundy followed up the win over the Pirates with a big district win over the Irish Friday night in Chattanooga. Grundy dominated scored 2 in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd and 3 in the third to lead 7-0. They added runs in the 4th and 6th. The lone run the Irish put across the plate was in the 5th.
Houston Mainord started and pitched the win going six innings and striking out four. Elijah Bean tossed the last inning and struck out one.
Taten McBee led in hits going 2 for 4 with a double and 2 runs scored. Paul Freeman was 1 for 3 with a RBI and 2 runs scored. Tanner Foutch was 1 for 5 with a run. Chandler Knight hit 1 for 5 with a RBI. Elijah Bean had a RBI and a run. Hogan Holland also scored a run.