Grundy baseball won their second matchup against Cumberland County 5-4. After having some early leads, the Jackets couldn’t pick up a win in the Community Viking Classic. They lost to Hubbard, OH 8-2, Ross, OH 3-0, University, IN 9-7, and Community 6-5.
“Last week was not a good week for our baseball program. We went 1 and 5, but the losses are not what concerns me, how we lost is what is concerning. In four of the five losses, we had the lead and when the other team answered we did not. That is a mental toughness issue and it is on me to get that corrected. We have tremendous young men in our program and good baseball players, but we were hit with adversity last week, and failed to get up off the matt.
“In talking to our guys, we explained to them that great teams are forged by adversity and pressure. Baseball is an extremely easy game when things are going your way, but it can become the toughest game in the world when things go airy. In baseball, you have to embrace failure and know that you are going to fail, so when you do (and you will) it does not affect your mindset or how you play.
“Last week is going to be the defining week of our season. We are either going to bounce back and be much better for the tough lessons we learned, or we will go the other direction and get worse. Knowing our young men like I do, I think we are going to become a much better team. We have a big series with Bledsoe in district play this week and then go to Franklin County and play three really good teams in the Rebel Classic, says Coach Jones.
Jackets 5 – Cumberland Co 4
The Jackets won their second matchup of the series with Cumberland County 5-4. Grundy had a 3-1 lead at the end of the first inning. Cumberland County tied the game 3-3 in the second inning and took the lead in the fifth 4-3. Grundy tied it in the sixth and scored 1 run in the seventh for the 5-4 win. Jacob Thomas pitched the first 6 innings for the Jackets giving up 8 hits, 4 runs, and striking out 5. Kenzie Hill finished the game for the win giving up no hits and striking out 1.
Alex Killian hit 3 for 3 with double, a RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored. Blane Harris was 3 for 4 with a RBI, 3 stolen bases, and a run scored. Evan Jaynes went 1 for 3 with a stolen base and a run scored. Noah Bean, Trey Hampton, Thomas and Hill were all 1 for 4 with Bean and Thomas scoring a run. Hill had 2 RBIs and Thomas had 1. Hampton had a stolen base.
Hubbard, OH 8 – Jackets 2
Grundy’s only runs came in the first inning off of a hit from Trey Hampton. After only getting 4 hits in the game Grundy lost 8-2 in their first game of the Viking Classic. Steven Yates was on the mound in the first four innings giving up 5 hits, 2 runs and striking out 2. Kenzie Hill suffered the loss pitching the last 3 innings giving up 8 hits, 6 runs, and striking out 1.
Hampton hit 2 for 3 with a RBI. Jacob Thomas was 1 for 2 with 3 stolen bases and a run scored. Blane Harris went 1 for 4 with 3 stolen bases and a run scored.
Ross, OH 3 – Jackets 0
They Jackets faced tough pitching from Ross County and were only able to produce 5 hits and no runs. Casen King went the distance on the mound for the Jackets suffering the loss giving up 3 hits, 3 runs, and striking out 3.
Blane Harris led at the plate hitting 2 for 2 with 3 stolen bases. Evan Jaynes went 1 for 2. Noah Bean and Kenzie Hill were 1 for 3 with Bean hitting a double.
University, IN 9 – Jackets 7
The Jackets scored 7 runs in the first inning off of 2 hits, a bunt, and 5 walks. Those hits ended up being their only hits of the game as they lost 9-7 in their third game of the tournament. Tyler Patrick took the loss on the mound pitching 3 innings giving up 11 hits, 9 runs, and striking out 5. Alex Killian pitched 1 inning striking out 1.
Evan Jaynes hit 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs, 2 stolen bases, and a run scored. Blane Harris also hit 1 for 2 with a RBI, 4 stolen bases, and a run scored. Trey Hampton was 1 for 3 with a RBI and a run scored. Kenzie Hill had a RBI, a stolen base, and scored a run. Noah Bean and Jacob Thomas each had a stolen base and a run scored. Killian had a RBI and scored a run.
Community 6 – Jackets 5
Grundy scored 1 in the first, 1 in the second, and 1 in the third to take a 3-0 lead. Community scored 4 in the fourth to take the lead before Grundy tied it up 4-4 in the bottom. Grundy put 1 run across the plate in the sixth to regain the lead. Community scored 2 in the seventh and kept Grundy scoreless for the 6-5 win. Jayden Marcom pitched the first 6 innings for the Jackets giving up 8 hits, 4 runs, and striking out 3. Alex Killian suffered the loss pitching the last inning giving up 3 hits and 2 runs.
Kenzie Hill led at the plate going 3 for 4 with a double, a RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored. Blane Harris and Killian hit 2 for 4 with Harris getting a double and a stolen base and Killian with 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored. Evan Jaynes was 1 for 3 with a RBI. Noah Bean, Casen King, and Trey Hampton were all 1 for 4 with Bean getting a RBI, 2 stolen bases, and a run scored. Jacob Thomas had a stolen base and Bailey Hill scored a run.
The Jackets played Bledsoe Monday and Tuesday night. They will play in the Rebel Classic in Franklin County this weekend. Their district series with Marion County will be played Monday and Tuesday with Tuesday night’s game being at home. Both games will begin at 5:30 p.m.