Sports

Rock­mart, Cedar­town get­ting base­ball sea­sons un­der­way at home and away

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By KEVIN MYRICK Editor

Cedar­town and Rock­mart take to the ball field, travel to Dar­ling­ton over the week­end.

Pitch­ing and smart at-bats led Rock­mart past Dar­ling­ton as the vis­it­ing Yel­low Jack­ets picked up a 2-0 non-re­gion win over the Tigers to open their sea­son.

Kole Holder got the win on the mound as he and team­mate Chet Miller worked to keep Dar­ling­ton score­less and give first-year Rock­mart coach

Kenny Yanzetich his first win as the Jack­ets’ skip­per.

“The pitch­ing was out­stand­ing. Kole worked ahead in the count all day, I think he had maybe one or two three ball counts,” Yanzetich said. “Chet over his four years has done noth­ing but go in and throw strikes for us and work the count. But we also had good de­fense be­hind those guys to­day.”

Rock­mart (1-1) opened the scor­ing in the top of the se­cond when Dar­ling­ton pitcher Jake Wo­mack gave up a bases-loaded walk with two outs.

The Jack­ets picked up their se­cond run in the sixth when Daw­son San­ders hit a two-out RBI dou­ble off of the Tigers’ Sam Hunt to bring in Cam Jones.

“We’ve done a good job of work­ing on hit­ting the ball the other way, and we got some hits the other way that al­lowed us to be ag­gres­sive on the base pads,” Yanzetich said.

Miller — who came in to fin­ish the game in the sixth in­ning — re­tired the sides in the sixth and sev­enth with­out drama. Dar­ling­ton brought in Nolan Wil­son in the sev­enth. He re­tired the side with a pair of in­field grounders and a pop fly to right field.

Yanzetich, who was pre­vi­ously at Lanier County, said he was happy with his first win with the Jack­ets.

“I’m ex­cited,” he said. “I told the boys af­ter the game I ap­pre­ci­ated my first win at Rock­mart and hope­fully we’ll have a few more be­fore it’s over with this year.”

Over the week­end, the Cedar­town Bull­dogs got their se­cond game of the sea­son un­der their belts.

The Bull­dogs came to visit the Tigers and ended up drop­ping a 3-0 shutout on the road.

Dar­ling­ton scored their first run in the bot­tom of the first, then added two more in the bot­tom of the third and fourth in­nings and were able to hold of the Bull­dog of­fense through the top of the sev­enth and closed out the game.

The Bull­dogs were set to host Model in a makeup con­test Mon­day af­ter press time, but the game was called off due to wet weather. Cedar­town’s com­ing sched­ule in­cluded a Tues­day and Fri­day home stand against Dar­ling­ton and Chat­tooga, fol­lowed by a Satur­day game at Ara­bia Moun­tain and a March 1 game at home host­ing Bre­men.

Rock­mart’s up­com­ing sched­ule in­cludes a Fri­day away game at Tat­tnall County in Rei­dsville, a Satur­day away game at Clax­ton High School, and a March 1 away game at Pauld­ing County. The Jack­ets will host Pauld­ing on March 2 for their first re­turn home.

Kevin Myrick/SJ

Above: Rock­mart’s Kole Holder takes a swing at a Dar­ling­ton pitch from Jake Wo­mack on Feb. 19 in their first game of the sea­son. Right: Cedar­town’s Cruz Ro­driguez took the mound on Feb. 20

Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

Cedar­town pitcher Cruz Ro­driguez grabs a fly ball, but not with­out a col­li­sion be­tween him­self and fel­low team­mate Casey New­some at Dar­ling­ton on Satur­day, Feb. 20. The Bull­dogs lost 3-0.

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