The No. 1 seed in the District 6-A baseball tournament was within reach last week for the Trousdale County baseball team, but a 6-2 home loss to Monterey on April 23 left the Yellow Jackets at No. 3 instead.
The Jackets stumbled early, giving up two runs in the first inning and three more in the second. Trousdale County got on the scoreboard with one run in the second and another in the third before Monterey tacked on another in the fifth.
The Jackets managed just three hits and committed five errors in the loss. Junior Will Holder belted his first career home run, while senior Houston Stafford and sophomore Eli Henderson each had singles.
Sophomore Taylor Ellis overcame a slow start to record eight strikeouts in six innings on the mound.
Prior to the game, Coach Travis Humes recognized four Yellow Jacket seniors: Keyvont Baines, Dyson Satterfield, Stetson White and Stafford.
On Friday, the Jackets committed six errors that led to a 3-0 loss at Macon County despite outhitting the Tigers 5-4. Holder had a pair of hits, while junior Ben Chumley, Stafford and sophomore Cameron Rankins also had hits.
Trousdale County traveled to Westmoreland on Saturday, where the Yellow Jackets split a doubleheader with the Eagles.
In the first game, the Jackets’ bats got hot with 10 hits in a 7-5 victory.
Chumley went 3-for-4, while Stafford and Baines each had two hits. Rankins, junior Chandler Barton and sophomore Robert Butcher had the other three hits for the visitors.
Chumley also went five innings on the mound, earning the win.
The Jackets struggled both at the plate and on the mound in the second game, falling 12-2.
Holder, Chumley, Stafford and Barton each had hits for Trousdale County.
The Jackets will travel to Monterey on Friday to open the district tournament and will take on Jackson County at 7 p.m. Trousdale County finished as runner-up in last year’s district tournament.