Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves fall to Kannapolis, 6-4. Rematch today at 2 p.m.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves fall to Kannapolis, 6-4. Rematch today at 2 p.m.

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 fall to Kannapolis, 6-4. Media release: The Kannapolis Intimidators topped the Rome Braves 6-4 Saturday evening
before a crowd of 3,055 at State Mutual Stadium.The game was scoreless until the fifth when Nolan Brown laid down a sacrifice bunt and
Rome pitcher Odalvi Javier made a throwing error allowing the first run to score. Later in the inning, Johan Cruz added a sacrifice fly RBI, Tate Blackman doubled home a run, Tyler Frost doubled home two runs, Evan Skoug added another run scoring double and when the
smoke had cleared, Kannapolis had a 6-0 lead. Three of the runs in the inning were unearned. The Braves began to chip away by plating two runs in the sixth on Jefry Ramos’ (6) two run homer to left for the 6-2 score. Rome made it a 6-4 game in the eighth thanks to
another two run home run from Ramos (7) to close to within two. Unfortunately for Braves fans Rome was held scoreless the rest of the way for the 6-4 final. Drew Harrington (4-3) gets the win for the Intimidators while Rome starter Odalvi Javier (2-
5) gets the loss. Javier went 4.2 innings allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven.

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

Roster moves:  Rome receives LHP John Curtis from Danville (Appalachian League).

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’ week begins: 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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