Jack­ets split in play with Rome, play in Bar­tow tour­na­ment this week­end

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

The Jack­ets hosted a dou­ble header and split the games against the Wolves last week.

The first game of the night was won by Rock­mart with a 7-4 score and the sec­ond game was won 4-1 by Rome af­ter go­ing into ex­tra in­nings.

Dur­ing the first game, head coach Kenny Yanzetich said they had a re­ally good pitch­ing ef­fort. He noted that Grif­fin Pace, Luke Queen, and Lo­gan Shel­ton led the pitch­ing dur­ing the first game.

“Also, we had a to­tal of 10 hits,” Yanzetich said. “I was very pleased with our de­fense and our hus­tle on and off the field.”

Dur­ing the sec­ond game, Yanzetich said the Jack­ets didn’t lose their ef­fort but lost against Rome’s tal­ented pitch­ers.

“The kids played re­ally hard,” Yanzetich said. “They faced some qual­ity pitch­ers. Rome had two guys throw­ing in the mid eight­ies, which is re­ally good for a high schooler.”

Over­all, Yanzetich noted the bat­ting ef­forts of An­drew Mor­ris, Dy­lan Bai­ley, and Braden Cole. He added that Jonathan Sup­pes has pitched very well through­out the sea­son.

How­ever, though, Yanzetich said the team needs to work on swing­ing their bats.

“We knew com­ing in that there were some things we needed to work on at the plate but again, with the sched­ule we’ve played, I think things will keep get­ting bet­ter from here on out,” he said.

“We’ve played noth­ing but schools that are big­ger than us. It’s been good ex­pe­ri­ence for us,” Yanzetich said. “I’m very pleased with where we stand with the com­pe­ti­tion we’ve played. We haven’t played any­body easy.”

Dur­ing the re­cent home game, Yanzetich reached a spe­cial ac­com­plish­ment as a coach. Yanzetich was rec­og­nized for reach­ing 200 ca­reer wins, with 65 of those be­ing while he has coached at Rock­mart. He also has ex­pe­ri­ence coach­ing at other schools, in­clud­ing Hous­ton County and Lanier County.

“I’m for­tu­nate that since I’ve been here in a lit­tle over 3 years we’ve won 65 games,” Yanzetich said.

“I re­ally just ap­pre­ci­ate my kids. They were real good to me af­ter­wards and (ac­knowl­edged) the ac­com­plish­ment for me,” he added.

Af­ter press time, the Jack­ets loaded a bus and trav­eled to Lake­Point Sports Com­plex in Emer­son, Ga to face Har­ri­son, a top-ten ranked 6A school.

“It’s a big deal and I hope­fully our boys will come out and play re­ally hard,” Yanzetich said.

They ended up with a 8-3 loss to Har­ri­son to put the team at 3-4 over­all as the pa­per went to bed.

This week, Rock­mart will play at Ar­muchee on Tues­day at 4 p.m., will face Har­al­son County at home on Wed­nes­day at 4 p.m., and will host Ar­muchee for a sec­ond time at home on Fri­day at 5:30 p.m.

Lorene Parker is a cor­re­spon­dent for the Stan­dard Jour­nal.

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Rock­mart’s Ty Floyd takes a swing at Rome’s de­fense last week.

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Rock­mart catcher Bray­den Cole snaps up a strike over the plate.

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