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BASEBALL: Rockmart dominates Cedartown, 9-0

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In their last meeting in baseball last season, the Cedartown Bulldogs blew out the Rockmart Yellow Jackets 18-3.

On Thursday in Cedartown, Rockmart got their revenge.

Rockmart (1-2) banged out 12 hits en route to a convincing 9-0 win over the Bulldogs. The game was stopped in the top of the sixth inning due to lightning, and eventually the game was declared a final.

"We finally hit the ball tonight," Rockmart head coach Courtney Hammock said. "We are young at spots, but the kids are coming along. I thought we hit well and got good pitching, so I can't  complain. The kids played well."

Rockmart was led offensively by Tritt Fennell, who had a three run home run, an RBI single, a walk, and he reached base on a fielder's choice. Not only did Fennell reach base on all four at-bats, but he also scored four times and stole a base.

"Tritt's bat is coming around," Hammock said. "He hit real well tonight."

Rockmart scored two runs in the first inning, another in the second, and then blew the game open with a four run third inning. During that decisive inning, the Yellow Jackets had four hits with another player reaching base on an error and another on a fielder's choice. The big blow in the inning was Fennell's home run over the right field wall.

Rockmart added two more runs in the fifth inning before the game was stopped in the sixth frame.

"I'm not sure of our thought process today," Cedartown head coach Shane Williams said. "We had seven strikeouts in five innings, and our pitching was off. We just were not very disciplined."

Luke Hembree finished 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and two RBI for Rockmart while Will Deem finished 2-for-4. Alex Baldwin had an RBI double for the Yellow Jackets and Greyson Carter had an RBI single. Caden Smith, Dalton Gowens, Tristan Wright and Chet Miller each added a single as well.

Baldwin got the win on the mound for Rockmart, pitching the entire game, striking out seven while allowing only two hits.

"Baldwin pitched a great game for us," Hammock said.

The veteran coach also pointed out that he had three freshmen start against their Polk County rivals - Deem, Wright and Miller - and all three had at least one hit.

For Cedartown (1-1), Jimmy Hand had a fourth-inning single and Kory Lindsey connected for a fifth-inning single.

Both teams play again Monday, with Rockmart hosting Adairsville and Cedartown traveling to Armuchee.