Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves give up 16 hits as RiverDogs win, 11-3. Series finale tonight at 7; home stand starts Saturday. Updated look at local high school football schedules for this fall.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves give up 16 hits as RiverDogs win, 11-3. Series finale tonight at 7; home stand starts Saturday. Updated look at local high school football schedules for this fall.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report
Mount Berry Mall, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Riverside Parkway, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Designated hitter Dermis Garcia by Zach Bland/Charleston RiverDogs

Rome Braves lose again to RiverDogs, 11-3.  Media release: Designated hitter Dermis Garcia hustled around for an inside-the-park home run as the Charleston RiverDogs tied a season-best 16 hits en route to claiming the series against the Rome Braves, 11-3, in front of a rowdy 5,712 at Riley Park on Thursday.

Garcia smoked a hit to left center for his third of the night in the sixth inning. A failed diving effort from center fielder Drew Waters allowed the ball to trickle to the wall, giving Manager Julio Mosquera the confidence to send Garcia home. The round-tripper was the third inside-the-park four-bagger that Rome’s (43-34, 3-5) defense has surrendered this season.

The 20-year-old nearly hit a second home run with a double high off the centerfield wall in his final at-bat, finishing the night 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs. The Dominican Republic native got his cardio in as he also stole his first base of the season.

Center fielder Pablo Olivares continued to tear the cover off the ball with a 2-for-3 night in which he got on base four times. The reigning SAL Player of the Week is batting .500 (13-for-26) in the second half and is raking at a league-best .380 clip since the start of May. The Venezuelan outfielder also collected his 12th RBI in six games.

Altogether, eight Holy City hitters had base hits, including six multi-hit nights. With Garcia’s home run, Charleston (37-36, 4-1) has 12 in their first six games of the second half.

The RiverDogs reached the 10-run mark for just the sixth time this season and are now averaging 8.2 runs in the second half. Charleston has also laced double-digit knocks in every game post-All-Star break.

Right-hander Deivi Garcia (1-1) earned his first Class-A victory with his five innings of work in which he struck out seven. Garcia allowed a run in each the first and third but found a groove and retired the last eight Braves he faced.

Alexander Vargas made his third relief appearance, recording his second save by going the final four innings, surrendering a run.

Next:  In Charleston, tonight at 7:05 p.m. Home on Saturday through Tuesday vs. Kannapolis.

Roster moves:  The Rome Braves announce the following roster move:

  • Left-handed pitcher Bruce Zimmermann has been transferred to Mississippi (AA). The roster is at 24 players

Mills Fitzner’s photos from this season … and nine earlier ones. Click photo gallery.

An updated, team-by-team look at the 2018 high school football season. Just added: Unity, GSD. For a look at all the schedules — for teams in Floyd, Bartow, Polk, Bartow and Chattooga counties — please click High School 2018.

Rome to host the 2018 USA Track & Field Georgia Region 4 Junior Olympic Championships next week. Competition is set for July 5 through 8 at Barron Stadium. Nick Bridges,  Rome High’s track and field coach, will join us at 7:40 a.m. Friday on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM and online at to give us an overview of what to expect. Bridges anticipates as many as 2,500 student athletes in town taking part in some of the championships. They’ll come from Georgia, Florida and South Carolina — and that number doesn’t include family and friends, Bridges adds.  What you need to know:

Tentative schedule

Age divisions and eligibility requirements

Look for results here.


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


‘Dead Dead’ next week: Each summer, the Georgia High School Association suspends all athletics training (workouts, camps and clinics)  for the week including Independence Day. The official word: “The ‘Dead Week’ for the 2017-18 school year is Sunday, July 1, through Saturday, July 7, 2018. The GHSA office will be closed during the Dead Week.”


Atlanta Falcons Training Camp will take place at the club’s Flowery Branch training facility for the 14th consecutive year and they will have select practices open to the public from July 27-Aug. 4. Dates and times are subject to change. For additional information regarding changes in practice times or weather delays, please call: 770-965-2752. Expanded details

Thurs. 7/26 – – Players Report
Fri. 7/27 Practice: 9:20AM OPEN – Gates: 8:20AM
Sat. 7/28 Practice: 9:20AM OPEN – Gates: 8:20AM
Mon. 7/30 Practice: 9:20AM OPEN – Gates: 8:20AM
Tues. 7/31 – – CLOSED
Wed. 8/1 Practice: 9:20AM OPEN – Gates: 8:20AM
Thurs. 8/2 Practice: 9:20AM OPEN – Gates: 8:20AM
Fri. 8/3 Practice: 9:20AM OPEN – Gates: 8:20AM
Sat. 8/4 Practice: 9:20AM OPEN – Gates: 8:20AM



Some of the best junior tennis players in the country are in Rome this weekend to compete in the USTA National L2 16’s & 18’s Championships.    Players are here from 29 states plus Puerto Rico and British Columbia. Great tennis for the community to come out and watch for free. (From Tom Daglis, Executive Director, Rome Tennis Center at Berry College). For more

Aug. 18: Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower 5K & 2 mile Health Walk. Registration is now open.  To register, please click Registration Page.   This year’s race will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 8 a.m. The start and finish are at  Heritage Park at the confluence of the Etowah and Oostanaula rivers. For more

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