Ri­vals to clash one last time at sea­son’s end, Sports

Cedar­town will host the sec­ond matchup against Rock­mart this sea­son Fri­day at 5:30 p.m.

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - From staff re­ports

Cedar­town and Rock­mart f ans have been wait­ing a while for this matchup. It was sup­posed to take place at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, way back in what seems like for­ever ago in Fe­bru­ary.

The first of two ri­valry matchups be­tween the Polk County base­ball clubs was pushed back from a Feb. 16 date be­cause of weather and sched­ul­ing con­flicts with the Jack­ets host­ing state tour­na­ment bas­ket­ball.

At the time, coaches Doyle Kel­ley and Kenny Yanzetich agreed to move the game back to March 26.

Spring weather got in the way again, forc­ing a move in the sched­ule once again for Cedar­town and Rock­mart to meet again, af­ter the Jack­ets got a 3- 1 win over the Bull­dogs in what was sup­posed to be the sec­ond game in the reg­u­lar sea­son be­tween the two.

Now it is fi­nally time the ri­vals to meet again to de­ter­mine brag­ging rights un­til the 2019 sea­son comes around and Rock­mart and Cedar­town can bat­tle again.

Cedar­town hosts the sec­ond round of the never-end­ing saga be­tween the Bull­dogs and Jack­ets on Fri­day, April 20 with a 5:30 p.m. start.

The games dur­ing the past years have usu­ally been big wins for the Bull­dogs. Since 2014, Cedar­town is 10-1 over the Jack­ets, with this year’s win the first time in the 11 out­ings that Rock­mart has notched a win over the Bull­dogs. (Based on in­for­ma­tion avail­able at press time.)

Rock­mart has a chance to ce­ment their po­si­tion as one of the top teams in Class AA base­ball in the state if they can grab the win over Cedar­town this com­ing week, and it would also be the first time in re­cent mem­ory the Jack­ets will have swept the series be­tween the two teams in a sea­son in sev­eral years.

It would ad­di­tion­ally im­prove upon a 14-6 record held at press time for the Jack­ets.

Cedar­town mean­while can use the game to boost their record and their spir­its by forc­ing a split be­tween the ri­valry series this year, and im­prove upon their record which at press time be­fore this week stood at 9-12.

Check back i n next week’s edi­tion for more ahead of the up­com­ing game and com­ments from the coaches as the reg­u­lar sea­son winds down for Cedar­town and Rock­mart.

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