Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves fall on road to Asheville, 6-8. USA Track & Field Georgia championships begin today in Rome. Final day for MLB All-Star voting.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves fall on road to Asheville, 6-8. USA Track & Field Georgia championships begin today in Rome. Final day for MLB All-Star voting.

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 donned their patriotic jersey’s for their Independence Day celebration on Tuesday night. (photo from Matthew McConnell)

Rome Braves fall on the road to Asheville, 6-8. Media release: The Asheville Tourists moved back into first place in the South Atlantic League Southern division with an 8-6 win over the Rome Braves on July 4. McCormick Field was sold out and the fans watched fireworks on the field and again after the game.

Asheville blasted three Home Runs in the win; including back-to-back long balls by Bret Boswelland Ryan Vilade Chad Spanberger also added a two-run shot in the victory.

The two teams were tied up 1-1 until the Tourists went to work in the third. Spanberger’s two-run blast coupled with a Vilade RBI double gave Asheville a 4-1 lead. In the fourth, Boswell and Vilade hit-back-to back Home Runs that capped a four-run frame and the Tourists led the Braves 8-1.

Rome began their comeback attempt with a four-run fifth inning. The Braves then received a solo Home Run from Drew Waters in the sixth to make it a two-run game. Asheville’s bullpen buckled down and Nate Harris Hayden Roberts , and Tommy Doyle combined to close out the win.

Frederis Parra made his Tourists debut and looked strong through four innings before finding trouble in the fifth. Parra did not factor in the decision. Rome’s starter Jasseel Del La Cruz suffered the loss by allowing all eight of Asheville’s runs over 3.1 innings.

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: Voting ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. EST for All-Star Game. Fans may cast votes for starters online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot. 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.”


The 2018 USA Track & Field Georgia Region 4 Junior Olympic Championships begin today in Rome. Competition continues through Sunday 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

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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