The young and rebuilding Yellow Jackets are stacking up district foes as they have rolled up three wins against no losses in the district. Grundy won 3 of the 4 they played over the last week and are over .500 for the season. The Jackets are 8-7 on the season and 3-0 in District 7AA.
“We’re still up and down. The winning part of it is great. The one game we lost was a learning experience for a young team. We jumped out on Huntland 6-0 in two innings and then just kind of lost our focus at the plate offensively and they ended up winning 8-7.
“Even with the loss that’s probably the most important game we played of the four just for the fact for a young team they’ve got to learn that when you jump out on a team you can’t take a break. Hopefully we’ll learn from that.
“We’re getting quality innings from a lot of young pitchers. We’re getting a lot of young pitchers a lot of experience. I’m proud of them. Like I said from the get-go, I didn’t know what kind of baseball players we had, but I think we’re going to have some really good ones before it’s all said and done. But I knew we had a lot of great kids and this is a very enjoyable team to be around. When the kids are having fun and it’s spontaneous with each other and encouraging each other it makes this game a whole lot easier and that’s what they’re doing right now,” said Coach Chase Jones.
Grundy hosted Notre Dame Tuesday. Today, they play in the Rebel Classic at Franklin County against St. Mary, Kentucky at 7:15 p.m. Friday, they play Upperman in the tournament at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, they play hosts Franklin County at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, it’s district action against Bledsoe County. Monday the Warriors are on the mountain for a 5 p.m. start and Tuesday Grundy goes to the valley for the same start time.
Grundy 9 – Sequatchie Co. 3
The Jackets completed the sweep of the Indians last week defeating the district foe in Dunlap 9-3. The teams tied 1-1 after one but Grundy took charge with 5 runs in the 2nd inning. They put the contest out of reach with 3 more in the top of the 5th. Sequatchie’s 2 runs in the bottom of the inning made no difference.
Steven Yates pitched the first four innings and notched the win, giving up 2 hits and 4 walks while striking out 2. Kenzie Hill pitched an inning in relief and gave up no hits and Paul Freeman pitched the final two innings giving up 2 hits.
Brady Meeks had a career night at the plate going 4 for 5 with 3 doubles, 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Noah Bean hit 1 for 1 with a double, 2 RBIs and a run scored. Kaleb Meeks hit 1 for 2 with a double. Steven Yates was 1 for 3 with a RBI. Blane Harris went 1 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Paul Freeman was 1 for 4. Trey Hampton hit 1 for 5 with 2 RBIs. Trent Hampton, Jacob Thomas and Ethan Nunley scored runs.
Huntland 8 – Grundy 7
Friday Grundy took a commanding lead at Huntland over the Hornets going up 6-0 after one and a half innings. The Jacket bats went to sleep after that however and the Hornets got back in it and took a lead with 2 in the bottom of the 2nd, 3 in the 4th and 3 in the 6th. Grundy tried to rally with one run in the top of the 7th but couldn’t get any more across the plate.
Grundy used four pitchers in the game. Paul Freeman pitched the first three and two thirds giving up 6 hits, a walk and striking out one. Kollyn Cooper went the next one and a third giving up a hit, a walk and striking out 2. Casen King pitched a third of an inning and Blane Harris pitched the last two thirds.
Noah Bean was 2 for 3 with a RBI and a run scored. Blane Harris hit 2 for 4 with 2 runs. Brady Meeks was also 2 for 4 with a run. Paul Freeman was 1 for 2 with a double and 3 RBIs. Hunter Layne hit 1 for 2. Kaleb Meeks was 1 for 3 with a double. Trey Hampton went 1 for 4 with a RBI and a run. Trent Hampton and Jacob Thomas scored runs.
Grundy 11 – Whitwell 3
Grundy got back in the win column Saturday at home downing the Tigers. The contest was tight early as the Jackets posted 1 in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd and 1 in the 3rd. Whitwell posted 1 in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd. Grundy’s bats put 5 runs across in the 4th to take command and added 2 in the 6th for insurance.
Trey Hampton got the start and pitched two innings giving up 2 hits, 3 walks and striking out 2. Trent Hampton tossed the next four innings and got the win. Trent gave up one hit, one walk and struck out 6. Steven Yates pitched the last inning striking out 2.
Blane Harris went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Paul Freeman was also 2 for 4 with a RBI and 3 runs scored. Jacob Thomas also hit 2 for 4 with a RBI. Trent Hampton was 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Noah Bean was 1 for 3 with a RBI and a run. Brady Meeks also went 1 for 3 with a run. Steven Yates hit 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs.
Grundy 3 – Notre Dame 1
Grundy traveled to Chattanooga Monday and downed the Fighting Irish to move to 3-0 in district play. Notre Dame led 1-0 after one but the Jackets drove 2 across the plate in the top of the 2nd. Grundy added one for insurance in the 7th to take the win.
Blane Harris went the distance on the mound and got the win. Harris gave up 5 hits and 5 walks while striking out 5 on the way to the win.
Trey Hampton led at the plate going 2 for 4 with a RBI. Brady Meeks was 1 for 3 with a RBI. Steven Yates, Kaleb Meeks, Trent Hampton and Hunter Layne all hit 1 for 3. Blane Harris and Noah Bean were both 1 for 4 with Bean scoring a run. Jacob Thomas scored the other run.