Rome Braves earn 10-4 win, now 3.5 games up in race for first playoff spot. Media release: The Rome Braves jumped out to a big lead early in Tuesday night’s contest against the Greenville Drive and never looked back in a 10-4 victory at Fluor Field.
After a scoreless first inning, the Braves (39-25) offense came alive for seven runs over the next two innings. A three-run homer by Austin Bush off Alex Scherff (1-5) was the big blow in a five-run second, and RBI hits by Drew Lugbauer and Isranel Wilson came in the third inning.
Rome plated their final three runs of the night on a three-run home run by Wilson in the top of the seventh.
Samuel Miranda‘s two-run single highlighted a three-run eighth for the Drive.
Jasseel De La Cruz (2-2) allowed just one run in five plus innings of work to get the win for the Braves. He struck out four and gave up three hits.
The Drive received four scoreless innings from Dominic LoBrutto prior to the seventh inning homer, and the southpaw struck out seven on the night. Lukas Young relieved LoBrutto and retired all seven hitters he faced.
Miranda drove in two runs and reached base three times for Greenville, while Acosta went 2-5 with an RBI.
Next: Rome at Greenville, 5 p.m. double header today; 7:05 p.m. Thursday.
Race for first place: Through Tuesday night, the Rome Braves were in first place in the South Atlantic League’s southern division 3.5-game lead over Augusta). The top team as of this Sunday earns a spot in the SAL playoffs in September.
Roster moves: The Rome Braves announce the following roster moves: LHP Dilmer Mejia has been transferred to extended spring in Orlando; RHP Jaseel De La Cruz has been activated from the disabled list.
Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery for the 2018 season and before.
Rome Braves send 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
More honors for Shorter Hawks: The Gulf South Conference announced the spring All-Academic teams and Honor Roll honorees for the 2017-18 academic year. Shorter was well represented this year, with a total of 71 students on the GSC’s Honor Roll and five Hawks made their respective All-Academic teams. Three teams were represented on All-Academic rosters with one from baseball, three from men’s track & field, and one from women’s lacrosse. On the honor roll, softball (15) placed all eligible roster members to the list. Baseball added 19 honorees, men’s golf (2), women’s golf (6), men’s tennis (4), women’s tennis (6), men’s track & field (5), women’s track & field (5) and women’s lacrosse had nine represented from their teams. Expanded release
Shorter Football: The Hawks open the season on Thursday, Aug. 30, at Samford in Birmingham. Schedule
Berry Football: The Vikings open at home on Saturday, Sept. 1, vs. Maryville, 6 p.m. Schedule
Sports summer camps: You’ll find a closer look at all our summer camps, including sports, by click 2018
June 16: F&P is having its annual charity 5K on Saturday 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