The Yellow Jackets have put in good work over the last week, winning four of six games and notching their first district win Monday night at home over Sequatchie County. Grundy is 5-6 on the season and 1-0 in District 7AA.
“We’re still rebuilding, but we’ve won four out of the six in the last week. The two losses were definitely humbling losses. We got taken to the woodshed by Signal Mountain last Wednesday. With CCS they end up beating us by 12. It was back and forth, and then everything came unraveled in the 7th inning against them.
“I told the kids just because it’s a rebuilding year that doesn’t mean we can’t have a lot of fun. We can have games like we had today where whoever wants it the most and whoever can make the most plays. We definitely had a little bit of luck. Blane Harris pitched his tail off today. I don’t know that you can get a much better job out of a pitcher. Someone like Blane isn’t going to be overpowering. He’s going to be dependent on working ahead in the count, getting ground balls, and he pitched a gem today and we got just enough run support to pull the win out.
“We’ve got two weeks in the books. I’ve told anybody I’ve talked to about this team that I really like young men we’ve got playing for us. We’re going to struggle at times. We’re going to have moments my blood pressure will probably go through the roof and I’ll be pulling my hair out. But, as far as liking a group of young men, I really like this team,” said Coach Chase Jones.
Grundy traveled to Dunlap for the second game with the Indians. Today they play at Marion County at 5:30 p.m. Friday they pay at Huntland at 6 p.m. Saturday the Jackets host Whitwell at 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday it’s another district matchup with Notre Dame with Monday’s game in Chattanooga at 4 p.m., and Tuesday’s on the mountain at 5 p.m.
Grundy 12 – Sequatchie Co. 5
The Jackets downed the rival Indians in the annual Mountain-Valley Classic March 22. Grundy held a 3-2 lead after three innings but began to pull away with 4 in the 4th and 4 more in the 5th to go up 11-4. The Indians just couldn’t catch up.
Steven Yates pitched the win tossing three and two thirds innings. Yates gave up 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out one. Trent Hampton and Bailey Foutch pitched in relief with Hampton giving up 3 hits and striking out 2 and Foutch striking out one.
Blane Harris led at the plate going 4 for 4 with a double, 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Hunter Layne was 2 for 3 with a RBI. Steven Yates was 2 for 4 with a run. Trent Hampton hit 1 for 3 with a double, a RBI and a run. Noah Bean was 1 for 3 with a double, 2 RBIs and a run. Trey Hampton was 1 for 4 and scored a run. Brady Meeks hit 1 for 5 and scored 3 runs. Bailey Foutch scored two runs.
In a second game March 22, the Jackets hammered Bledsoe County with heavy sticks. Grundy took a 5-0 lead after one inning and never looked back. The Jackets added one in the 2nd, one in the 3rd and 4 in the 4th to run away with it. The Warriors’ runs came in the 2nd.
Paul Freeman got the win on the mound tossing six innings. Freeman gave up 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6. Kenzie Hill pitched one inning of relief and struck out one batter.
Brady Meeks was perfect at the plate going 4 for 4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Noah Bean hit 2 for 3 with a double, a RBI and a run. Trey Hampton was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a run. Blane Harris hit 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Cody Esslinger hit 1 for 2. Jacob Thomas and Hunter Layne were 1 for 3 with Layne notching 2 RBIs and scoring a run. Trent Hampton was 1 for 4 with a double, a RBI and a run. Paul Freeman had a RBI while Ethan Nunley and Hagen Cash scored runs.
Signal Mountain 15 – Grundy 0
Things didn’t go as well the following day as the Jackets got run ruled by the Eagles in four and a half innings. Signal tallied 6 runs in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd, one in the 3rd and six in the 4th on the way to the win.
Grundy threw five pitchers at the Eagles. Casen King, Kenzie Hill, Kollyn Cooper, Bailey Foutch and Cody Esslinger combined to give up 7 hits and 8 walks while striking out 5.
Blane Harris was 2 for 3. Paul Freeman, Steven Yates and Jacob Thomas all went 1 for 2.
Grundy 5 – Whitwell 3
The Jackets got back in the win column Friday with 2 runs in the top of the 7th to down the Tigers in the tournament.
Again Grundy threw five pitchers with Steven Yates, Kenzie Hill, Kollyn Cooper, Casen King and Blane Harris combined duties. They gave up 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out 8.
Noah Bean hit 1 for 2 with a double and a RBI. Blane Harris was 1 for 2 with 2 runs scored. Kaleb Meeks was also 1 for 2. Brady Meeks was 1 for 3 with a RBI. Trent Hampton hit 1 for 3 and scored a run. Paul Freeman and Trey Hampton scored runs.
Saturday Grundy battled a strong offense from Chattanooga Christian. The Chargers scored 5 in the 2nd and added 2 in the top of the 4th to take a 7-0 lead. Grundy scored 2 in the bottom of the 4th but CCS kept adding runs. The Chargers scored 4 in the 6th and 8 in the 7th. Grundy’s 5 in the 6th just weren’t enough.
Trey Hampton, Jacob Thomas and Trent Hampton pitched for Grundy combining to give up 12 hits and 6 walks while striking out 3.
Hunter Layne was 2 for 3 with a RBI and a run. Blane Harris was 2 for 4 with a RBI and a run. Noah Bean was 1 for 3 with a homer, 3 RBIs and a run scored. Kaleb Meeks was 1 for 3. Brady Meeks went 1 for 4. Trey Hampton, Joelton Dees, Ethan Nunley, and Hagen Cash all scored runs.
Grundy 2 – Sequatchie Co. 0
The Jackets notched their first district win of the year blanking Sequatchie County Monday night on the mountain. Grundy scored one in the 1st and one in the 6th for insurance to take the win.
Blane Harris went the distance on the mound and taking the win. Harris gave up 6 hits, no walks and struck out 2 in the win.
Paul Freeman hit 2 for 3 with a RBI. Brady Meeks was also 2 for 3 with a run scored. Trey Hampton hit 1 for 2 with a double and a RBI. Steven Yates was 1 for 2. Blane Harris was 1 for 3. Ethan Nunley scored a run.