Rock­mart teams seals 7-AA ti­tle, ready for state

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal. net

The Rock­mart Yel­low Jack­ets needed just one more win in Re­gion 7-AA play to com­plete a cham­pi­onship run for the 2019 sea­son. They got that and more as they com­pleted a clean sweep of ev­ery team in the area with just Dade County left on the sched­ule as of last week.

A 12-0 7-AA run put the Jack­ets in the driver seat head­ing into Class AA state tour­na­ment play as the first seed for sure with a pair of wins last week over Gor­don Cen­tral, a 17-0 shutout on the road against the War­riors last Tues­day and a 8-1 win over the the re­gion foe on Se­nior Night at home to com­plete a nearly clean run.

Now it’s just a mat­ter of mak­ing it through two games against the Wolver­ines be­fore they can call it a fully un­de­feated re­gion sched­ule for the year.

That last hur­dle was one that Coach Kenny Yanzetich said was one he looked for­ward to see­ing his Jack­ets ball club over­come this week. Es­pe­cially with the state tour­na­ment right over the hori­zon.

“We’ll get to host here for the first round, and if we win we’ll get to host again for the sec­ond,” he said. “But then when we get into round three we’ll prob­a­bly face an­other num­ber one seed, so we’ll have a coin flip.”

When they play their first round se­ries at home, they’ll face the Re­gion 6-AA fourth place fin­isher, which at press time over the week­end was Wash­ing­ton with a 7-6 record over­all and 7-4 in re­gion play.

Though not of­fi­cially the 7-AA cham­pion un­til they com­pleted the se­ries (set to start Tues­day at home against Dade, then the team heads to Tren­ton com­ing up on Fri­day af­ter press time) they have good rea­son to be­lieve they’ll be able to fin­ish out the re­gion ti­tle run with­out hard­ships. They are three games ahead of Dade head­ing into the end of the sea­son as the Wolver­ines in sec­ond place stand at 9-3 and on a two game win­ning streak.

Rock­mart al­ready cleared their path of a third place Chat­tooga and fourth place Pep­perell in re­gion play, and even if the Jack­ets were to drop their fi­nal two Dade would still be a game be­hind the lead.

Head­ing into press time, the 18-6 Jack­ets over­all were on a three-game win­ning streak.

Yanzetich said the team was get­ting an ad­di­tional boost from the per­for­mance of Dy­lan Bai­ley this sea­son.

“He’s been con­sis­tent all year long for us as our se­nior catcher,” he said. “He’s hit­ting .439 cur­rently. What can you say about a guy like that? He had a great year in foot­ball, and is hav­ing a great year here with us in base­ball. He’s been a big part of both of these pro­grams at the school over the last four years.”

“I think Dy­lan has got 79 wins in his ca­reer in base­ball, and had at least 33 in foot­ball. He’s won over 100 games here at Rock­mart High School,” Yanzetich con­tin­ued. “It’s just a tes­ta­ment of what he’s done for our pro­grams and our com­mu­nity. He’s just been an out­stand­ing young man and it’s been a plea­sure coach­ing him and the rest of my se­niors.”

The team cel­e­brated the Class of 2019 pend­ing grad­u­ates against the War­riors in their 8-1 win last Fri­day, which in­cluded three Jack­ets headed off to col­lege with of­fi­cial sign­ings this fall.

The Rock­mart Yel­low Jack­ets cel­e­brated ce­ment­ing a Re­gion 7-AA cham­pi­onship on Se­nior Night, and still have two games left against Dade County on the sched­ule.

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