Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves win rain shortened game, 6-5. National honors for Cartersville baseball player.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves win rain shortened game, 6-5. National honors for Cartersville baseball player.

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

Heavy rains halt Rome Braves game on Sunday. (Braves photo)

Rome Braves win 6-5 in rain shortened game. Media release: The Rome Braves were a winner Sunday over the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-5 after the game was called in the middle of the eighth due to an onslaught of rain. In the first inning Kannapolis got an early 1-0 advantage thanks to Michael Hickman’s run scoring single. The Braves bounced back in the bottom of the inning with two runs on RBI base hits by Jefrey Ramos and Austin Bush. The lead didn’t hold for long as the Intimidators made it a 5-2 game in the second on Luis Curbelo’s two run double and another two RBI double by Craig Dedelow. Rome tied the game in the third thanks to William Contreras’ (7) three run homer for the 5-5 score. In the fourth, the Braves regained the lead on Marcos Almonte’s single to score a run for the 6-5 lead.

The rains came and came hard in the middle of the eighth halting play and eventually giving Rome the victory. Relief pitcher Walter Borkovich (4-1) picks up the win for Rome going 4.1 innings with three strikeouts, two hits and no runs. Kelvin Rodriguez (8) gets the save. Kannapolis starter Jhoan Quijada (0-2) receives the loss.

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

Roster moves:  none

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


Cartersville High’s Anthony Seigler (Catcher) has been named the National High School Position Player of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Seigler was drafted by the New York Yankees last month. Details


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 now through Saturday: 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 this 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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