Rock­mart base­ball starts swing­ing this week

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Lorene Parker loren­[email protected]

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful sea­son last year, the Jack­ets base­ball team is look­ing to go fur­ther in game play this year.

Last sea­son, Rock­mart fin­ished as Re­gion Run­ner-up with a 20-10 (12-2 7-AA) sea­son record, fall­ing af­ter be­ing tied with Dade County for first place.

“We made it into the first round I’m that far­ther coach kind we of Kenny than state of didn’t dis­ap­pointed we play­offs, Yanzetich did,” go head any but said, end­ing. is to re­fer­ring win “Our the goal to re­gion last this year’s year and host aswe­can.” play­off games as long “I think that go­ing deep into the Elite Eight or Fi­nal Four is a pos­si­bil­ity with this group if we can get off to a good start and keep putting in the work,” he added.

Yanzetich pre­dicts that Dade County will re­turn with a great base­ball pro­gram and will be “big com­pe­ti­tion” as Dade was the 7-AA Re­gion Cham­pion last year.

He also named Pep­perell, Chat­tooga, and Ar­muchee as schools he sees hav­ing suc­cess­ful base­ball pro­grams for the spring sea­son.

Yanzetich said that all of the var­sity mem­bers from last year re­turned, with the ex­cep­tion of Kole Holder who grad­u­ated in 2018. He also added that his en­tire pitch­ing staff is back, which is a to­tal of seven boys.

“Just about ev­ery one of them will have an op­por­tu­nity to pitch in col­lege one day,” Yanzetich said. “They’re a pretty spe­cial group.”

“Pitch­ing-wise, we’re one of the bet­ter teams in the re­gion, if not the state,” he said.

The Ge­or­gia Dugout Club Pre­view mag­a­zine ranked Rock­mart as fifth in Ge­or­gia Class AA dur­ing the pre­sea­son rank­ings, and stated “there is enough pitch­ing for this team to make a run at the re­gion ti­tle.”

The mag­a­zine specif­i­cally rec­og­nized play­ers Dy­lan Bai­ley and Cody Par­ramore, both se­niors, and Ty Floyd, a ju­nior. Bai­ley and Floyd both made the Class AA Pre­sea­son All State team, and Par­ramore made the sec­ond team.

Aside from ath­letic abil­ity, Yanzetich bragged on the aca­demic records of his team.

“It’s one of the things I’m proud­est of,” he said. “For the fall se­mes­ter, our team cu­mu­la­tive GPA was a 3.77, and 13 of the play­ers had a 4.0,” Yanzetich said.

/ Lorene Parker

Rock­mart play­ers were get­ting ready for the up­com­ing sea­son in their in­door fa­cil­i­ties last week.

/ Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

YOUTH BAS­KET­BALL: It’s not just lo­cal schools who are keep­ing the courts busy with bas­ket­ball this win­ter. Youth are drib­bling all over the place and were play­ing in re­cent days at the Nathan Dean Gym at Bert Wood Youth and Ath­letic cen­ter in re­cent days. In­cluded th­ese con­trib­uted pho­to­graphs from lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher Gail Con­ner are a game be­tween the FBC Green Co-Ed team and Recre­ation league’s black teams. Send in recre­ation pho­tos any­time to [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­ for in­clu­sion. Don’t hear back from us? Check with the news­room at 770-748-1520, ex­ten­sion 2.

/ Lorene Parker

Left: Rock­mart’s base­ball team were in­doors for prac­tice last week amid chilly weather and used the time to get in time hit­ting in the school’s bat­ting cages. Right: Rock­mart Yel­low Jacket base­ball play­ers were prac­tic­ing their hit­ting in­doors as the weather was too cold to be out­doors.

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