The Grundy County Lady Jacket softball season came to a close Sunday afternoon in the loser’s bracket semi – finals against Marion County. However, before they were ousted from the postseason they let the district know they weren’t going to just go quietly, as they blasted the Lady Jets of Cumberland County 20 – 7 in five innings last Thursday in the play – in game. In the other game, the Lady Jackets fell to the Lady Indians of Sequatchie County.
The Lady Jackets pounded out 20 hits in scoring 20 runs against the Lady Jets, a team that had swept them during the regular season. Jeresha Meeks led the hit parade with five hits in a perfect night at the plate. She had a double and scored four runs. Emily Rhea and Katie Brown both went 3 – 5 on the evening. Rhea scored three runs, while Brown had a double and scored one run. Morgan Mooney and Jadan Campbell had two hits each. Mooney had a double and scored three runs. Meleah Stevens, Emma Seagroves, Jenna Helton, Hanna Tate, and Destiny Stevens all had a hit each. Seagroves had a double and scored three runs. Meleah Stevens, Helton, and Tate scored two runs.
It was probably the best game of the year and it came at the perfect time. After going winless in the regular season in district play, the Lady Jackets were ready to show Cumberland County they weren’t ready to put the equipment in storage. It was great job by a group of hard working young ladies.
The double elimination part of the tournament wasn’t as kind. The Lady Jackets suffered back to back no hit games against two of the best softball programs around. Sequatchie County defeated the Lady Jackets 11 – 0 in a five inning no hit contest on Friday night. After getting rained out on Saturday, the Lady Jackets played a surprise opponent in the loser’s bracket in Marion County on Sunday afternoon. The Lady Warriors were upset by Bledsoe County Friday night 4 – 2. The Lady Warriors rebounded for a 12 – 0 six inning win over the Lady Jackets. A walk off homer ended the Lady Jackets season.
The Lady Jackets ended the season with an overall record of 5 – 21. Even though, the record wasn’t what they would have liked, the young ladies battled all year long. The team says goodbye and a job well done to seven seniors. Leaving via the graduation route is Latrice Anderson, Delaney Hughes, Haylie Lucy, Morgan Mooney, Emily Rhea, Hanna Tate and Meleah Stevens. These fine young ladies will venture into their next chapter of life and with the hard work they gave Coach Jason Evans, they will be successful at whatever they plan to do.