Rock­mart dom­i­nat­ing Re­gion 7-AA play

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The Rock­mart Yel­low Jack­ets had a good week of re­gion play in and out of Polk County, with the ex­cep­tion to the end. De­spite pick­ing up early week wins, the Jack­ets took a loss to the Dade County Wolver­ines, who up­set the ap­ple cart for Rock­mart and took away their chance of go­ing un­de­feated through the re­gion in 2018.

It doesn’t change the facts on the ground: Rock­mart (14-6 over­all) is the best team in 7-AA. Even with the loss, the Jack­ets re­main in the lead ahead of Dade County, who stood at 8-2 com­pared to Rock­mart’s 8-1. The Jack­ets de­feated the Wolver­ines ear­lier in re­gion play on a trip to Tren­ton 8-4 on March 13. Dade also has a loss to Pep­perell on the record.

Rock­mart’s only bump in the road so far in the re­gion has been against the Wolver­ines, and oth­er­wise they are ex­celling above and be­yond ex­pec­ta­tions for the year. In early week play be­fore Spring Break, Rock­mart con­tin­ued a win­ning streak to 11 games, with a 17-4 win over Gor­don Cen­tral on the road on April 3, then turned around the next day and beat Gor­don Cen­tral at home 4-3.

The Jack­ets put up some dra­mat­ics over Gor­don Cen­tral at the start of the week, bust­ing up a 4-all tie with the War­riors on a run scored on stolen bases.

Cody Par­ramore drove in four runs in the game and went 3- for- 4 at the plate, putting up a sin­gle in the sec­ond, two in the fifth when he came to bat twice against the War­riors. Bray­den Cole also had a big day af­ter he hit a first pitch homer dur­ing a third in­ning at bat and scored two runs.

The Jack­ets ended up pulling in 12 runs in the fifth, with Par­ramore, Ty Floyd, Johnathan Sup­pes and walks by Cole and Sam San­ders.

Floyd didn’t get the win on the mound dur­ing the April 3 road game against the War­riors. That was earned by Luke Queen, who lasted for three in­nings, al­low­ing a hit and no runs while pick­ing up six strike­outs. That was af­ter Grif­fin Pace started the game, but only af­ter he gave up four runs on four hits over two in­nings, with five strike­outs.

The Jack­ets to­taled 11 hits over the War­riors.

The next day in a home game against a peren­nial qual­ity team in North­west Ge­or­gia, the Jack­ets picked up a 4-3 win over the Tro­jans.

Rock­mart and Gor­don Lee tied the game up in the sec­ond in­ning, and then the Tro­jans took the lead by a run in the top of the fourth and added one more in the top of the sixth and looked to close out the Jack­ets for the af- ter­noon.

In­stead, the home team stormed back with a strong sixth in­ning three­run push for the come­back.

Watch­ing the big game at home over Gor­don Lee were sev­eral Di­vi­sion I scouts com­ing to check out the game of Floyd, the sopho­more pitcher and in­field util­ity man who is ex­pected to be a big fac­tor for the Jack­ets in the years to come. He’s al­ready drawn the at­ten­tion of a num­ber of col- leges across the coun­try for his skill on the di­a­mond, and at the plate. Scouts from schools — es­pe­cially those in the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence — in­cluded Van­der­bilt, Ten­nessee, Florida, North Carolina, Ge­or­gia and Clem­son.

Floyd earned the win over the Tro­jans af­ter two in­nings of work, al­low­ing no hits and only a sin­gle run, and strik­ing out five. He got help from the bullpen from Cole and Sup­pes as re­liev­ers to close out the game.

On Fri­day, Rock­mart gave up two runs in the top of the first and four more in the top of the sec­ond dur­ing the loss to Dade County.

The Wolver­ines added two more in the fourth on 10 hits over­all in the game for the win.

Rock­mart had only the week­end to re­cover. By Mon­day af­ter press time, they were back to work with a non- con­fer­ence game against Pauld­ing County, fol­lowed by a road trip to Chat­tooga.

They round out t he week af­ter a break to­day on the road Thurs­day in a re­match against Gor­don Lee, then a Fri­day road trip to Pep­perell.

Next week fin­ishes out the reg­u­lar sea­son, spring weather per­mit­ting. They’ve got a road trip on April 16 ahead, fol­lowed by a home game and se­nior night host­ing Coosa on April 17, then one more re­gion game and trip to Floyd County to face Ar­muchee on April 19.

Rock­mart rounds out the sea­son at Cedar­town to end the sea­son on April 20. (See more about that game in this week’s edi­tion on B1.)

Con­trib­uted by Sherry Pres­ley

Evan Rat­cliff con­grat­u­lates Bray­den Cole at home plate.

Con­trib­uted by Shelly Cul­ver

Cody Par­ramore dives back to­ward first to avoid get­ting thrown out.

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