Dominant Lady Jackets keep top ranking
The Rockmart Lady Yellow Jackets regular season is winding down just the way they hoped it would this year. Oh sure, they aren’t going undefeated (thanks Chattooga) but one thing is for sure: it won’t be easy to topple the defending state champion in 2018.
Especially after the Lady Jackets swept rival Cedartown for the second and final time this season, marking the second year in a row they’ve toughed out hard fought victories over the Lady Bulldogs.
This past Wednesday’s game saw the Lady Jackets take a 6-1 victory through seven innings of work at home. Rockmart quickly took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, and then their bats went quiet until the fifth and sixth, when the Lady Jackets added a pair of runs for each bottom half of the innings. They gave up the sole run to Cedartown in the top half of the fourth inning.
That was the only run Rockmart gave up in a trio of games last week. They kicked off play against Model on shortened trip to Shannon in 7-AA play on Sept. 11. They put up 13 runs alone in the first inning, went scoreless in the second and added two more to close out the game after keeping Model’s bats quiet through the afternoon.
It marked the second time this season that Rockmart put up a 15-0 shutout over the Lady Blue Devils. On Aug. 16, the Lady Jackets had the same result, only at home.
Following their win over Cedartown, Rockmart took a 8-0 shutout at home over the Armuchee Lady Indians. They put up a three-run first, a two-run second and then went quiet again on offense until a sixth inning, threerun rally to finish out a game that didn’t make it to the seventh inning.
Rockmart, now sitting at 17-1, remained also for the fifth week in a row the top team in Class AA softball.
With another 3-0 run through the week, Rockmart finally got a weekend breather before they were set to be right back to work on Tuesday after press time on a trip to Coosa.
On Thursday, the Lady Jackets have a second road trip to Trenton before they head this weekend to the LFO tournament in Catoosa County, where they have Calhoun, Ringgold, Coahulla Creek and Sonoraville on the schedule on Friday and Saturday.
The regular season rounds out next Monday, Sept. 24, at home for senior night against Gordon Central, then the Lady Jackets hit the road one more time before region playoffs to face Heard County on Sept. 25.
Safe slides into the plate were the result of big base-running plays for the Lady Jackets in their home win over Cedartown.
Rockmart sent a runner across home plate in three of the seven innings against Cedartown at home last week.