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Jackets Season Ends with Double Heartbreak

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 11:41 am

The Grundy County Yellow Jackets did what all teams want to do at the end of the season. They were playing their best baseball entering postseason play.  After reeling off eight consecutive wins, the Jackets were set to face District 7 AA top seed Chattanooga Christian after losing three times to the Chargers during the regular season.

The Jackets would need to continue their hot streak if they were going to extend their season into the region. They played their talented foes toe to toe in three games that were all decided in the last at bat by the home teams after trailing with two outs. However, the difference was the Chargers were home twice and the Jackets only once. Therefore, the season ended for the Jackets at 16 – 16, including nine wins in their last 11 games.

CCS 8 Jackets 7

In game one at Chattanooga Christian, the Jackets rallied from a 5 – 2 deficit with a five run sixth to take a 7 – 5 lead going to the bottom of the sixth. The Chargers added a run in the sixth and then scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to secure the victory in game one. Kaleb Meeks had two hits including a double, while Trent Hampton added a two bagger of his own. Blaine Harris had three RBIs.

Jackets 4 CCS 3, 8 innings

Game two was a reversal of fortune when the Jackets rallied from a 3 – 1 deficit in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game. Once again, there were two outs and the Jackets were down to their last out of the season, but refused to give up.  The Jackets scored in the bottom of the eighth to even the series at one game each. Harris went the distance scattering nine hits, three runs, two earned runs, with no walks, and five strikeouts. Noah Bean had two hits and two RBIs. One of his hits was a double. Trent Hampton had a double for the second game in a row.

CCS 6 Jackets 5, 8 Innings

The rubber game of the match would not disappoint. The Jackets scored three runs in the top of the sixth to take a 5 – 2 lead. After the Chargers scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to trim the lead to 5 – 3, they proceeded to add two more in the bottom of the seventh with, you guessed it! two outs and forced free baseball for the second night in a row. A run in the bottom of the eighth sent the Chargers to the district final against second seeded Signal Mountain. Trey Hampton, Hunter Layne, Meeks, Bean, and Harris had hits for the Jackets. Hagen Cash had two RBIs.