Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves drop another game to Asheville, 2-1. Rematch tonight. USATF Georgia Junior Championships continue at Barron Stadium today.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves drop another game to Asheville, 2-1. Rematch tonight. USATF Georgia Junior Championships continue at Barron Stadium today.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report
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Rome Braves return home for three game series with Augusta on Saturday.

Rome Braves drop another to Asheville, 2-1. Media release: The Asheville Tourists knocked off the Rome Braves 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel on Thursday night. Lucas Gilbreath once again was brilliant for Asheville and Taylor Snyder ‘s seventh inning Home Run proved to be the difference.

Gilbreath retired the first nine batters he faced until an infield single off the bat of Drew Waters led off the top of the fourth. After Waters stole second and third, he scored on a groundout to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.

Asheville had multiple base-runners in both the third and fourth innings but it was the sixth when the Tourists finally broke through. Bret Boswell began a two-out rally with a single into right-center. Ryan Vilade then worked a walk and Casey Golden followed with an RBI double up the third base line.

The Tourists took their first lead with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Snyder squared up an Odalvi Javier fastball and launched it over the left field wall for a 405-foot Home Run.

Austin Moore , who worked a perfect top of the seventh, picked up the win. Tommy Doyle took care of business in the eighth and Robert Tyler earned his fifth save of the year with a one, two, three ninth inning.

Gilbreath did not factor in the decision but finished with six innings pitched and allowed only one run on four hits while striking out six.

Next:  Tonight at Asheville, 7:05 p.m. Back at home vs. Augusta, Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. and Monday at 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’ 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 continues today 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.


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



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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