Dom­i­nant Lady Jack­ets keep top rank­ing

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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.

/ Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

Safe slides into the plate were the re­sult of big base-run­ning plays for the Lady Jack­ets in their home win over Cedar­town.

By Gail Con­ner / Con­trib­uted

Rock­mart sent a run­ner across home plate in three of the seven in­nings against Cedar­town at home last week.

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