Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves take both games of Friday’s doubleheader with Charleston. Rematch at 6 p.m. New football press box for Model High.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves take both games of Friday’s doubleheader with Charleston. Rematch at 6 p.m. New football press box for Model High.

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 take both games of Friday’s doubleheader with Charleston, 4-1 and 8-1. Game release: The Rome Braves got their fourth and fifth straight wins by sweeping the Charleston Riverdogs 4-1, 8-1 in a doubleheader Friday night before 3,051 fans at State Mutual Stadium.

In game one, a three run fourth inning gave Rome what it needed to pick up the win 4-1 and get their fourth win in a row. Charleston took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI groundout by Oswaldo Cabrera. The Braves crossed the plate three times in the fourth on a bases loaded triple by Jefry Ramos. Rome added to their lead in the fifth on Drew Waters’ RBI single for the 4-1 score. Braves pitching shut down Charleston the rest of the way holding on for the 4-1 final. Alan Rangel (3-6) gets the win going six innings scattering four hits and allowing one run. Miguel Yajure (2-2) is hit with the loss.

Rome picked up where they left off in game two scoring four times in the first inning on back to back jacks by Jean Carlos Encarnacion (9) and Drew Lugbauer (9). Encarnacion’s home run was a three run shot. The Braves added three more runs in the third on Greyson Jenista’s RBI single, Encarnacion’s run scoring double and a fielding error allowing the third run of the inning to cross the plate for the 7-0
score. In the sixth, Charleston got on the scoreboard on Carlos Vidal’s sacrifice fly RBI for the 7-1 score. Rome added another run in the bottom of the inning but the Braves bullpen did a great job holding on for the 8-1 final. Rome starter John Curtis (1-1) had a solid outing going five perfect innings holding Charleston hitless while striking out four to get the win while Jio Orozco (1-3) is the loser for the Riverdogs.

Next:  Today-Sunday vs. Charleston; game times at 6 p.m. tonight, 2 p.m. Sunday. July 23-26, the Braves host Columbia. All games at 7 p.m. except July 25, 1 p.m.

South Atlantic League playoff tickets on sale: The Rome Braves announce that 2018 South Atlantic League playoff tickets are on sale.  Rome would host game two of the best-of-three league championship series on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. Rome also would host game three if a third game is needed. In the best of five finals round, Rome would host games one and two, Sept. 10 and 11. Ticket prices range from $5 to $11 in advance or $6 to $13 the day of the games.   Rome clinched a playoff berth by winning the Southern Division in first half of the season. For more: 706-378-5100.

July 26: Shrine Night at the Rome Braves. Gates open at 6 p.m., parade at 6:15, first pitch at 7. Shriners will be collecting funds for the Children’s Hospital at the Braves game as everyone comes in the gate, and in the breezeways up until the fifth inning. All cash funds collected at the game will be matched by the Rome Braves. Shriners provide transportation for the patient and the family to the Cincinnati Shrine Hospital for burns or to the Greenville Shrine Hospital for orthopedics. We pay for all housing, meals, etc. for the families during the appointment or hospital stay, as well as, all of the costs associated with the hospitalization. Last year, our Shrine made 433 trips and traveled more than 122,000 miles to provide care for the children in the area. All the money collected goes to support these children’s medical needs. Details: Bob Mount at 770-324-7080.

Roster moves: None

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


From Model High: The new football press box is almost complete at stadium.

Rome, Calhoun preparing for separate games in Corky Kell Classic at Barron Stadium on Aug. 16: For football fans in Northwest Georgia who can’t wait for the start of the 2018 season, The Corky Kell Classic is delivering an early start — five weeks from tonight. On Thursday, Aug. 16, Rome’s Barron Stadium will host a double-header featuring four playoff teams, two of which are defending State Champions, when 3A Calhoun faces 4A Ridgeland and 5A Rome takes on 7A Marietta. Tickets are available online at at the advance price of $12 per ticket. That price increases to $17 on game day. Those prices include both the 5:30 p.m. matchup between Ridgeland and Calhoun as well as the 8:30 p.m. tilt between Rome and Marietta. If tickets any tickets remain they will be available at the Barron Stadium box office.

Cartersville High: Canes’ reserved seat football tickets now on sale in the attendance office at CHS. Tickets on sale, Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. We have seven home games this year and tickets are $125 each. Cash, check or credit card.

An updated, team-by-team look at the 2018 high school football season. For a look at all the schedules — for teams in Floyd, Bartow, Polk, Bartow and Chattooga counties — please click High School 2018.


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

Heroes are getting ready to run, walk, fly and maybe even crawl into Rome for the 2018 edition of the Harbin Hero Hustle 5K and two-mile health walk on Sept.  29. But before the race can soar into action, the Harbin Heroes need your help in selecting five local charities to participate in the Harbin Hero Challenge. These charities are superheroes for the community and will receive a portion of $4,250 in donations from Harbin Clinic. The nomination period ends at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 27. To nominate a charity, individuals need to post the charity name and include the hash tag,#HarbinHeroChallenge to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  A quick note: Shares and likes don’t count, as nominations and creating an image with the hashtag and charity name won’t work either. The hashtag “#HarbinHeroChallenge” must be in the text of the post or comment, or the vote doesn’t count. For expanded details, please click Harbin Hero Hustle.

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