The Yellow Jackets baseball team are on a hot streak winning their first five games. Grundy defeated South Pittsburg 10-6 in their first regular season game. The Jackets dominated in the District 7AA Early Tournament winning all four games defeating district foes Cumberland County 12-1, Bledsoe County 9-4, Sequatchie County 5-0, and Marion County 15-15.
“The first week of the season went well, but we have plenty of areas we are going to need to improve on if we are going to be the team we want to be in May. I was very pleased with our offensive production and defensive play. The biggest area to improve on right now is our pitching depth and consistency. We have to do a better job of getting strike one and working ahead in counts. We have a lot of arms and our goal is to have a pitching staff that has 8 to 10 pitchers we can depend on to throw strikes in tough ball games,” says head coach Chase Jones.
Jackets 10 South Pittsburg 6
Grundy jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. They continued putting more points on the board with 2 in the second, 1 in the third, 2 in the fourth, and 1 in the fifth and six to take the win over the Pirates. Senior lefty Blane Harris pitched the first 3 and a half innings getting the win. Harris gave up 5 hits, 3 runs, a walk and a homerun while striking out 3. Kenzie Hill came in for relief giving up 3 hits, 2 runs and 2 walks while striking out 4.
Harris hit 2 for 3 with 2 doubles, a RBI, 2 runs scored, and 2 stolen bases. Evan Jaynes went 3 for 5 hitting 3 singles, a RBI, and a run scored. Noah Bean was 1 for 3 with a single, a run scored, and a stolen base. Alex Killian hit 1 for 3 with a RBI and a run scored. Hill had a single and 3 RBIs. Steven Yates hit a single. Trey Hampton scored a run and had 2 stolen bases. Ethan Chouinard had 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored. Jacob Thomas scored 2 runs.
Jackets 12 Cumberland Co. 1
The Jackets finished the game in 5 innings with 10 hits and 12 runs while holding the Jets to only 1 run that came in the first inning. Steven Yates got the win on the mound pitching 4 innings and only giving up 2 hits, a run and a walk with 5 strikeouts. Trey Hampton pitched the last inning giving up no hits.
Noah Bean was 2 for 2 at the plate with 2 RBIs, a stolen base, and 2 runs scored. Yates went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs, and 2 runs scored. Jacob Thomas was 2 for 4 with 2 doubles, a stolen base and a run scored. Blane Harris hit 1 for 3 with a RBI, 3 stolen bases, and scored 2 runs. Kenzie Hill was 1 for 3 with a RBI and a run scored. Alex Killian hit a double and scored a run. Hampton had a single and scored 2 runs. Tyler Patrick notched 2 RBIs off of a hit by pitch and a sacrifice. Jacob Dixon scored a run and had a stolen base.
Jackets 9 Bledsoe Co. 4
The Jackets scored 9 runs off of 9 hits while holding the Warriors of Bledsoe scoreless until the sixth inning. Senior Jacob Thomas got the win on the mound pitching 4 innings and only giving up 3 hits and striking out 1. Alex Killian took over the mound in the sixth giving up 4 hits, 3 runs, walking 4 and striking out 5. Ethan Chouinard started the seventh inning giving up 1 run and walking 2. Braxton Norris took over and finished the game giving up 2 hits and striking out 1.
Blane Harris hit 2 for 2 with 5 stolen bases and 3 runs scored. Noah Bean was 2 for 4 with a double plus a triple, 2 RBIs, a stolen base, and 2 runs scored. Kenzie Hill went 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI. Trey Hampton had a single, a RBI, and a stolen base. Thomas hit a single, had a RBI, and scored 3 runs. Killian notched a double with 2 RBIs, and scored a run.
Jackets 5 Sequatchie Co. 0
Grundy scored 1 in the first, 2 in the second, and 2 in the third while holding Sequatchie County to 0. Blane Harris got the win on the mound pitching 5 innings, giving up 5 hits and striking out 6. Kenzie Hill pitched the last 2 innings only giving up one hit while striking out 3.
Harris went 3 for 4 at the plate with 2 RBIs, 3 stolen bases, and scoring a run. Evan Jaynes hit 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored. Noah Bean was 2 for 5 with a double, 2 stolen bases and a run scored. Hill hit 1 for 3 notching 2 RBIs. Jacob Thomas went 1 for 4 with a RBI and 3 stolen bases. Alex Killian was 1 for 4 with 3 stolen bases and a run scored. Steven Yates scored a run.
Jackets 16 Marion Co. 15
Grundy was down 2-0 before putting 7 runs on the board in the second. Marion County tied the game in the fourth 7-7. Both teams put 1 run up in the fifth. Grundy took the lead in the sixth after scoring 7. Marion again tied it in the top of the seventh but Grundy was able to score in the bottom for the win. Tyler Patrick started the game on the mound pitching 3 innings, giving up 4 hits and 6 runs, and striking out 2. Ethan Chouinard was the first relief pitcher in giving up one hit and a run. Trey Hampton came in and pitched 2 and a half innings giving up 6 hits and 8 runs with 6 strikeouts. Jayden Markum finished the game for the win with 2 strikeouts.
Steven Yates went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double, 2 RBIs, and a run scored. Blane Harris was 2 for 4 with a triple, 2 RBIs, 3 stolen bases, and scored 3 runs. Evan Jaynes hit 2 for 5 with a RBI and 2 runs scored. Alex Killian went 1 for 2 with a double, a stolen base, and a run scored. Bailey Hill was 1 for 2 and scored 2 runs. Noah Bean hit 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs, 3 stolen bases, and scored 2 runs. Kenzie Hill was 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Jacob Thomas hit1 for 4 with 2 RBIs, 2 stolen bases, and scored 2 runs. Hampton notched RBIs after drawing a couple of walks, had a stolen base, and scored a run.
The Jackets play tonight (Thursday) at Huntland at 5:00 p.m. Friday they will host South Pittsburg with a start time of 5:30. Monday and Tuesday they will face district opponent Cumberland County with Monday night’s game being at home. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. for both games.