Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves beat Kannapolis, 7-5. Next up: At Asheville. Honors for two Berry women golfers.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves beat Kannapolis, 7-5. Next up: At Asheville. Honors for two Berry women golfers.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report
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Rome Braves donned their patriotic jersey’s for their Independence Day celebration on Tuesday night. (photo from Matthew McConnell)

Rome Braves beat Kannapolis, 7-5. Media release: The Rome Braves get the win 7-5 in the last game of the series against the Kannapolis Intimidators Tuesday night at State Mutual Stadium before a patriotic sellout crowd of 5,105.

Rome jumped on the scoreboard in the first inning on Greyson Jenista’s RBI triple and a run scoring groundout by William Contreras for the 2-0 score. It was Jenista’s second triple in as many games. Rome added three more runs in the fifth thanks to Jefry Ramos’(8) three run shot to right-center giving the Braves a 5-0 lead. The home run by Ramos tonight was his third of the series.

The Intimidators came back in the sixth to score four runs on a fielding error by Jean Carlos Encarnacion allowing a run to score, a force out and another fielding error by Encarnacion pushing two more runs across the plate. Carlos Perez then blooped a single to right to plate the fourth run of the inning making it a 5-4 game. Three of the four runs were unearned. Rome’s misplays continued into
the seventh with two errors allowing Kannapolis to tie the game 5-5. It was the fourth unearned run of the game.

In the bottom half of the seventh, the Braves regained the lead 7-5 on a sacrifice fly RBI by Contreras and Drew Lugbauer’s single to score a run. Despite a shaky ninth, the Braves held on for the 7-5 final. Relief pitcher Cutter Dyals (3-1) takes the win while Jake Elliott (1-0) will get the loss. Kelvin Rodriguez (9) gets the save. The Braves defense struggled making six errors in the game.

Next:  Braves on road at Asheville tonight through Friday, 7:05 p.m.

Roster moves:  none

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

Atlanta Braves: The Braves’ could have three players int he National League’s starting lineup for the All-Star game. According to latest ballot update, Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis are still sitting pretty, but Ozzie Albies has a slim lead ahead of Reds’ Scooter Gennett.  Fans may cast votes for starters online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. The All-Star Game is Tuesday, July 17.


HIGH SCHOOLS

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.


COLLEGES

Berry College: Berry College’s Brittany Hadden and Jorie Hodapp have been named Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars, the organization announced on Tuesday. To earn recognition, student-athletes must maintain a 3.50 GPA while competing for their respective programs. Berry

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


THE PROS

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

 


COMMUNITY

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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