Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves hang on to beat River Dogs, 1-0. Back home tonight for four-game series with Kannapolis.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves hang on to beat River Dogs, 1-0. Back home tonight for four-game series with Kannapolis.

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

Rome Braves hang on 1-0 to beat River Dogs. (photo from Kevin Karel)

Rome Braves hang on to beat RiverDogs, 1-0.  Media release:  The Charleston RiverDogs’ offensive outburst came to a halt on Friday as they were shut out, 1-0, by the Rome Braves in the series finale, failing to capture the three-game sweep in front of a rowdy 5,652 at Riley Park. Right-handed starter Jio Orozco dealt 5 2/3 scoreless frames with six strikeouts and no walks, leaving the 0-0 contest in the sixth. The Tucson, AZ native has thrown 9 2/3 innings without allowing a run in the RiverDogs’ (38-37, 5-1) second half. Reliever Braden Bristo (0-4) gave up the lone Rome (44-34, 4-5) run in the eighth. A Riley Delgado infield chopper snuck under first baseman Chris Hess‘ glove, scoring Drew Waters from second. Bristo fell to a misleading 0-4 with an impressive 1.50 ERA in 30 innings.

Shortstop Oswaldo Cabrera and SAL Player of the Week Pablo Olivares extended their hit streaks to 11 and 8 games, respectively. Cabrera can tie Leonardo Molina for the RiverDogs’ team-high 12-game streak with a knock in his next game. Both Cabrera and Olivares finished the series with five hits, an RBI, and three runs. Left fielder Mitchell Hansen made his Holy City debut, collecting a pair of hits in his first South Atlantic League contest. The 2015 second round selection of the Los Angeles Dodgers was signed to a Minor League contract on Tuesday.

Charleston’s offense had been supreme in the first week of the second half, averaging 8.2 runs and 12.2 hits while racking up double-digit hits in each of the first six games. The RiverDogs had scored in the first or second innings of every second-half contest before Rome hung all zeroes on Friday.

The RiverDogs had their chances on Friday but went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. The Dogs also had two runners caught stealing and left the tying and winning runs stranded in the bottom of the ninth.

Next:  Home on Saturday through Tuesday vs. Kannapolis. Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Roster moves:  none. 

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.

‘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.”

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, 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


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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