The Grundy County Yellow Jackets baseball team is red hot, and it couldn’t come at a better time. District 7 AA play-in games are set to start today, and the Jackets are riding a six game winning streak. After winning the second game of their series with Notre Dame, the Jackets swept district rival Bledsoe County 13 – 0 and 11 – 3 last Monday and Tuesday. On Thursday, the Jackets defeated Whitwell 4 -2 at home. Friday, at GCHS, the Jackets used a seven-run sixth to break a 4 – 4 game with Huntland, to win 11 – 4. The Jackets capped off their run with a 4 – 1 district win over Sequatchie County on Saturday.
The win over Sequatchie County gave the Jackets the home field advantage today, as they host the Indians. Game time was not set at press time pending the District 7 AA meeting. The team hosted South Pittsburg on Tuesday to tune up for post-season play.
The Jackets are 13 – 14 overall and 4 – 6 in district play. They will be seeded fourth in the district tournament.
Tough luck Yellow Jacket ace Blaine Harris needed only 52 pitches to get the district win. Harris limited the Warriors to three hits with three strikeouts in the five-inning victory. The Jacket bats came alive with 17 hits. Noah Bean went 4 – 4, scored two runs and drove in three. Harris helped his own cause with three hits, three runs scored, and an RBI. Trent Hampton, Hunter Layne, Jacob Thomas, Steven Yates each had two hits. Yates had three RBIs and Hampton had two runs driven in.
Jackets 11 Bledsoe County 3
Due to heavy rain totals, Bledsoe County wasn’t able to host the rematch on Tuesday. So, the Warriors returned to GCHS for the second game of the series and lost 11 – 3. Thomas went six innings allowing two hits and one unearned run. He had six strikeouts. Kollyn Cooper pitched the seventh giving up two hits and two runs. Offensively, Bean had another big night as he went 3 – 4 with three runs scored and five RBIs. Thomas also had three hits. Harris, Layne, and Trent Hampton had two hits each. Layne added three RBIs.
Jackets 4 Whitwell 2
The Jackets’ bats were cooled a little, but the pitching of Cooper and Kenzie Hill helped the Jackets keep their winning streak alive. Cooper went six innings allowing six hits and two runs with five strikeouts. Hill pitched the seventh inning for the save. Trey Hampton, Cody Esslinger, and Bean had RBIs, while Harris, Trent Hampton, Layne, Thomas, and Kaleb Meeks had hits.
The Jacket bats came alive as they banged out 14 hits. A seven run sixth broke open a 4 – 4 game and the Jackets kept their winning streak going. Harris went five innings scattering seven hits and allowing three earned runs. Steven Yates pitched the sixth and seventh innings and earned the victory. Harris, Trey Hampton, Layne, Thomas, Meeks, and Cooper all had two hits. Cooper had a home run, while Meeks had a double. Layne had three RBIs, while Bean and Cooper added two each.
Jackets 4 Sequatchie County 1
The Jackets secured home field advantage with the 4 – 1 pitching duel between the Jackets’ Thomas and the Indians’ Ethan Barker. Thomas limited the Indians to a pair of hits and one earned run. He went the distance and didn’t walk a batter. Offensively, the Jackets pushed across two runs in the first inning and added single runs in the fourth and sixth. Trent Hampton scored two runs, Trey Hampton and Harris scored one each. Harris, Trent Hampton, Hunter Sylvester, and Hagen Cash had one hit each.