Base­ball around the cor­ner for Bull­dogs and Jack­ets

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - From staff re­ports

It might still be early Jan­uary, but in just a few weeks time play­ers will be head­ing out onto the ball field in chilly weather to get back into the swing of spring.

That’s right, base­ball sea­son is right around the cor­ner. So get out the peanuts and cracker jacks and mark the cal­en­dar now for the Bull­dogs and Jack­ets sea­son open­ers. Both teams open their sea­sons on Feb. 12, with the Bull­dogs host­ing Coosa and Rock­mart trav­el­ing to Cass when the base­ball sea­son opens next month.

A full base­ball sched­ule was posted for Rock­mart, with the rest of Cedar­town’s sched­ule to fol­low. But one thing is for sure: both teams will face one an­other early. Af­ter the Bull­dogs host Coosa on Feb. 12, and Rock­mart faces Cass and then hosts Pauld­ing County on Feb. 13, the Bull­dogs host the Jack­ets in the first of the pair of ri­valry show­downs on the base­ball di­a­mond.

The Jack­ets will host the sec­ond game on Feb. 27. Rock­mart un­der the lead­er­ship of Kenny Yanzetich is look­ing to build off a big year, making it deep into the play­offs af­ter win­ning the Re­gion 7- AA cham­pi­onship in 2017, even­tu­ally fall­ing to Jeff Davis in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

The Bull­dogs are seek­ing to im­prove af­ter a big 2016 sea­son, and fall­ing be­hind a bit in 2017. Cedar­town un­der head coach Doyle Kel­ley fin­ished fourth in the re­gion in spring 2017, go­ing 20-7 on the sea­son and 8-4 in 5- AAAA be­fore get­ting knocked out in the first round of the play­offs by Marist. He re­turns for this sea­son as well as tak­ing on his football coach­ing du­ties.

Go o n l i n e to see the full sched­ule for Rock­mart, and what’s avail­able so far for Cedar­town on­line this week at Polk­stan­dard­jour­

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