The Yellow Jacket baseball team traveled to Sequatchie County this past weekend and won two big games in the Early Season District Tournament. The tournament is used for breaking ties for seeding purposes in the postseason District 7 AA tournament. The Jackets first game last Thursday was cancelled with Sequatchie County. On Friday, the Jackets dropped a 4 – 3 decision to the Bledsoe County Warriors. The Jackets rebounded on Saturday to out slug the Jets of Cumberland County 14 – 8 and hold off the Marion County Warriors 7 – 3.
The Jackets are 3 – 1 on the young season. The team had a few days to get ready for this weekend. Today (Thursday) the Jackets travel to Cannon County to take on the Lions at 5 p.m. Tomorrow, they travel to DeKalb County to battle the Tigers at 5 p.m. On Saturday, they will host the Red Raiders of Coffee County at 5:30 p.m. Next Monday and Tuesday they will battle the Jets of Cumberland County in the opening District 7 AA series. They travel to Cumberland County on Monday and host the Jets on Tuesday. Both games will have the first pitch at 5 p.m.
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The Jackets had an answer for the Warriors matching their single run in the first inning and their two runs in the third, but the Warriors were able to plate a run in the top of the seventh and got the Jackets on a fly ball and two strikeouts in order to send the Jackets to their first defeat of the season. Sophomore Alex Killian hit a two run homer to highlight the Jackets’ effort. Senior Kenzie Hill and sophomore Austin Thomas each had two hits.
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The Jackets offense had their best game of the season to date as they scored 14 runs on 12 hits to defeat the Jets. Sophomore Jaden Ruehling went 3 – 3, scored three runs and drove home two more to lead the way. Kenzie and Bailey Hill each had two hits as did Thomas. Killian, Kenzie and Bailey Hill also had two RBIs. Killian got the win on the mound.
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The Jackets backed the pitching of junior Jayden Marcom by scoring two runs in the first, one in the second, and four big runs in the fifth to give them the breathing room they needed to defeat the Warriors. The Jackets led 3 – 2 going to the bottom of the fifth when the Jackets batted around to score four runs. Killian, Ethan Chouinard, Daylen Pickett, and Austin Thomas scored in the decisive fifth inning. Ruehling and Killian scored runs in the first inning, while Thomas scored in the second inning. The Jackets pitching struck out 10 Warriors, while also walking 10.