Rome Braves edge Kannapolis, 5-4. Media release: The Rome Braves walked off a win Saturday night at State Mutual Stadium
with a run in the bottom of the ninth before a crowd of 2,593. The Braves took an early 1-0 advantage in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Jean Carlos Encarnacion. In the fourth, Kannapolis took the lead 2-1 on back to back homers from Tate Blackmon (8) and Tyler Frost (8). The lead didn’t stand long as Rome scored three times in the bottom of the inning on Drew Lugbauer’s (7) three run shot to right for
the 4-2 score. In the sixth, the Intimidators made it a 4-3 game on a wild pitch by Rome reliever Daysbel Hernandez to plate a run and tied the game in the seventh on Blackman’s RBI single. In the bottom of the ninth, Drew Lugbauer singled to start the inning and moved to
second on Derian Cruz’s bunt single. Justin Smith then walked to load the bases setting the stage for Austin Bush. With the count full, Bush lined a single to right field to score Lugbauer from third to give Rome the walk off victory. Brandon White (1-2) earns the win in relief for the Braves. Kannapolis’ Jhoan Quijada (0-1) gets the loss.
Next: Home today vs. Kannapolis at 2 p.m. Monday: Rome at Greenville, 7:05 p.m.; Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.; Wednesday, 5 p.m.
Race for first place: Through Saturday night, the Rome Braves were in first place in the South Atlantic League’s southern division (1.5-game lead over Augusta). The top team as of June 17 earns a spot in the SAL playoffs in September.
Roster moves: The Rome Braves announced the following roster moves: LHP Drew Harrington has been released from the organization. The Braves receives RHP Daysbel Hernandez from Danville
Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery for the 2018 season and before.
Rome Braves send a league-leading six players to the South Atlantic League All-Star game June 19. The Rome All-Stars are: Pitchers – Bruce Zimmermann, Walter Borkovich, Kelvin Rodriguez and Freddy Tarnok. Position players include: Riley Delgado (infield) and Drew Waters (outfielder). All-Stars
Shorter Football: The Hawks open the season on Thursday, Aug. 30, at Samford in Birmingham. Schedule
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June 16: F&P is having its annual charity 5K on June 16 and this year, all of the proceeds this year will benefit Harbor House. “This is a great opportunity to support us and the community. You can use this link to register: https://bit.ly/2JFEdsu. Also, you can print the waiver form and take it to Garner and Glover Company, F&P Main Plant or Cycle Therapy. F&P Georgia Mfg
Aug. 18: 2018 Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower 5K & 2 mile Health Walk, 8 a.m., Heritage Park. For more