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