Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves swept by Asheville, back home for 3-game series with Augusta. USA Track & Field Georgia Junior championships continue at Barron Stadium.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves swept by Asheville, back home for 3-game series with Augusta. USA Track & Field Georgia Junior championships continue at Barron Stadium.

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

The USA Track & Field Georgia Junior Olympic Championships at Barron Stadium on Friday. Event continue today and Sunday. See schedule below (Hometown photo)

Rome Braves swept by Asheville, 7-4 in Friday’s game. Media release: The Asheville Tourists won their fourth consecutive ballgame on Friday night with a 7-4 victory over the Rome Braves. The win capped a series sweep over the Braves; the first time Rome has been swept all year.

Nick Kennedy pitched a season-high seven innings and recorded the win. Kennedy struck out eight batters on the night and received plenty of early run support. Asheville plated four runs off Rome’s Freddy Tarnock in the bottom of the first.

The scoring began on a Sean Bouchard RBI double off the right field wall. Chad Spanbergerfollowed with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. Two batters later, Ramon Marcelino hit a two-run Home Run to give the home team a 4-0 lead.

Rome plated one in the second but Asheville answered in the fourth. With two outs and two runners on, Bret Boswell launched a three-run Home Run over the centerfield wall to give the Tourists a 7-1 lead.

Rome hit a couple of Home Runs down the stretch to pull within three; however, Asheville’s bullpen combination of Derrik Watson and Robert Tyler closed the door in the eighth and the ninth innings.

Next:  Tonight at home vs. Augusta, 6 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m.

Roster moves: The Rome Braves announce the following roster moves:

  • INF Austin Bush has been released from the organization
  • Rome receives INF Brendan Venter from Danville (Appalachian League).  Venter was the Atlanta Braves 13th round selection out of Auburn University.

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 ends today: 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 and 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

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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