After a start to the week for Rockmart and Cedartown that had both teams battling for bragging rights in Polk County, they settled down and got back to the business of playing ball.
The Jackets stood at 4-4 and the Bulldogs at 4-5 with the most up-to-date information available at press time, and both teams now only have a few games left before they start region play.
Cedartown took two more losses on Saturday, first to Walton in an 11-0 rout and then an 11-1 loss to Calhoun in early season play, moving the Bulldogs just below .500 for the season after nine games.
They were supposed to play Model, but that March 1 game didn’t get underway as expected due to the Polk School District lockdown that extended late into the afternoon. That game was set to be made up Monday, but head coach Doyle Kelley said that was weather pending at the Rome-area school.
After last Saturday double header, Cedartown has a chance to rest through this early week and to get ready for a trip to Haralson County to face the Rebels on Friday, followed up by a trip next Monday to Summerville to play Chattooga.
Then the Bulldogs get into region play starting on March 13 at LaGrange, and follow up hosting Troup County on March 15.
A trip to Central on March 16, followed up by hosting Arabia Mountain in a game moved around on the schedule on St. Patrick’s Day will round out an upcoming busy stretch for the Bulldogs.
Region play will continue following through March 26, when rivals face down again.
After press time on Monday when Model travels to open the region against Rockmart, the Jackets will get a short break again as they get into a busy schedule as well. They’ll host Gordon Central on Friday, a non-region game against Berrien on Saturday, then travel on March 13 to Dade, host Chattooga on March 1, and a non-region double header against Social Circle back to back on St. Patrick’s Day.
That’s just fine by head coach Kenny Yanzetich, who knew coming into the season that Rockmart was going to be tested a lot with a young crew.
“We play 10 ranked teams this year,” he said. “I setup a tough schedule... We’re just trying to get ready for region and late April and May.”
His team at 4-4 wrapped up last week on Friday against 8th ranked Harrison and played to a 4-3 loss.
As Rockmart gets deeper into the season, he’s hoping to have Cody Parramore back in the rotation after he was hurt during the Heard County game in February.
Parramore dislocated his shoulder sliding back into first base.
“Hopefully we’ll have him back in 10-14 days,” Yanzetich said following Rockmart’s win over Cedartown on Feb. 27. “We’re hoping to have him back soon because he was off to a hot start for us.”