Grundy softball seen plenty of field time last week playing 2 regular season games and 4 games in the Lookout Valley Tournament. The Lady Jackets lost to Whitwell 8-2 and picked up their only win for the week against South Pittsburg 13-12. In the tournament, the Lady Jackets lost all 4 games falling to Silverdale Academy 6-2, Redbank 19-0, Whitwell 9-2 and Lookout Valley 7-5.
“Right now we are still struggling with a lot of inexperience. Defensively we are getting much better. We have been able to cut down on our errors and that has allowed us to be much more competitive against some quality teams. Offensively, we worked hard this past week on being more aggressive at the plate and it really paid off with an increase in hits, but timely hitting is still a problem for us. We are leaving to many runners stranded in scoring position.
“I’m really pleased with the improvement our young players have made in the short time we have been able to work with them. Our juniors and seniors are really carrying us right now with their play and attitudes and we are striving to improve.
“Bailee has been pitching really well for us… well enough to win if we can eliminate the errors and play solid defense. I’m looking forward to the next few weeks to see what this team is going to become,” stated Coach Evans.
Whitwell 8 – Lady Jackets 2
The Lady Jackets scored 1 run in the first inning to Whitwell’s 2 runs. Whitwell scored 1 more in the second, 2 in the fourth and 3 in the sixth to take an 8-1 lead. The Lady Jackets were only able to put 1 more run across the plate in the seventh and lost 8-2. Bailee Sweeton took the loss in the circle giving up 5 earned runs and striking out 2.
Teah Bosio and Kristin Weaver both hit 1 for 2 with a walk and a run scored. Emma Seagroves, Liz Morgan and Kara Meeks all went 1 for 3 with Meeks and Morgan getting a RBI.
Lady Jackets 13 – South Pittsburg 12
Both teams were putting plenty of runs across the plate and Grundy was finally able to take the lead in the fifth inning 13-10. The Lady Jackets held on to the lead to get their second win of the season 13-12. Bailee Sweeton got the win in the circle.
Kara Meeks had a big night at the plate going 2 for 2 with a homerun, 5 RBIs, and 2 runs scored. Kristin Weaver hit 2 for 3 with a triple, 2 runs scored, and a RBI. Emily Rhea was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs, and a run scored. Emma Seagroves went 2 for 4 with a double, 3 runs scored and a stolen base. Liz Morgan hit 2 for 5 with a double, a RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base. Kristen Stiefel was 1 for 2 and scored a run. Morgan Mooney went 1 for 3 with a double and 2 RBIs. Teah Bosio hit 1 for 4. Sweeton was 1 for 5 with a double and a run scored. Jeresha Meeks scored a run.
Silverdale 6 – Lady Jackets 2
For the first game in the Lookout Valley Tournament the Lady Jackets had 8 hits and scored only 2 runs for the 6-2 loss. Bailee Sweeton suffered the loss in the circle giving up 2 earned runs and striking out 1.
Emma Seagroves led at the plate going 2 for 3 with a double, a RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored. Sweeton was also 2 for 3. Meleah Stevens went 2 for 2. Liz Morgan hit 1 for 2 with a double. Hannah Schild was 1 for 1. Teah Bosio scored a run.
Red Bank 19 – Lady Jackets 0
Red Bank finished the game in only 3 innings as the Lady Jackets were playing mostly their JV team to help give them some experience and to rest their starting pitcher. Kristin Weaver took the loss in the circle. Meleah Stevens, Liz Morgan, and Kristen Stiefel all seen time in the circle also.
Whitwell 9 – Lady Jackets 2
Both teams went scoreless in the first. Whitwell scored 2 in the second, 3 in the third, 1 in the fourth and 3 in the fifth. Grundy’s only runs came in the sixth inning falling to the Lady Tigers 9-2. Bailee Sweeton suffered the loss in the circle giving up 7 earned runs and striking out 1.
Teah Bosio hit 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Emma Seagroves went 1 for 3 with a RBI and a run scored. Liz Morgan, Hannah Schild, and Emily Rhea also went 1 for 3 with Morgan having a stolen base. Kristin Weaver was 1 for 2 with a RBI. Morgan Mooney hit 1 for 1.
Lookout Valley 7 – Lady Jackets 5
The Lady Jackets had a 3-0 lead until the bottom of the third inning when Lookout Valley scored 4 runs to take the lead. Grundy scored 2 runs in the fourth to regain the lead before Lookout Valley sent 3 more across the plate for the 7-5 win. Bailee Sweeton took another loss in the circle giving up 6 earned runs and striking out 3.
Teah Bosio hit 2 for 3 with a stolen base and 2 runs scored. Meleah Stevens and Emma Seagroves were 2 for 4 with Seagroves having 2 RBIs and Stevens scoring 2 runs and stealing a base. Kristin Weaver and Liz Morgan went 1 for 2. Sweeton hit 1 for 4. Kristen Stiefel scored a run and had 2 stolen bases.
The Lady Jackets played Bledsoe County Monday night and Sequatchie County on Tuesday night. Friday and Saturday they will travel to Cookeville to play in the Jackson County Tournament. Next Monday they will host Moore County at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday night’s game will start at 5:00 p.m. against Marion County at home.