Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves win both games of Friday’s doubleheader over Greenville. High school football returns.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves win both games of Friday’s doubleheader over Greenville. High school football returns.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report
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Rome Braves take first game of Friday’s doubleheader at Greenville. (photo courtesy of Kevin Karel)


Rome Braves win both games of Friday’s doubleheader over Greenville, 7-6 and 6-3. Media release: The Rome Braves swept the Greenville Drive in Friday’s doubleheader in front of 5,295 fans at Fluor Field. They defeated the Drive 7-6 in the opener before coming away with a 6-3 win in the nightcap.

In both contests, the Braves (19-21, 58-51) used a four-run inning late in the game to take the lead. In game one, a pair of sixth-inning homers by Brendan Venter and Marcos Almontepowered the big inning off Lukas Young (0-4).

Rome took a 3-0 lead in the opener after the first of Venter’s two homers of the day, an RBI single by Greyson Jenista and a sacrifice fly by Venter.

The Drive (22-20, 47-64) plated a run in the fourth when Pedro Castellanos singled and later scored on a double play. In the fifth, Jarren Duran walked and moved to third on a single by Ryan Fitzgerald. Duran and Fitzgerald then pulled off a double steal of home and second to cut the lead to 3-2, and Fitzgerald was able to escape a rundown on a fielder’s choice by Marino Campana to score the tying run.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Drive answered Rome’s four-run frame with three runs of their own to get back within one. Zach Sterry walked, moved to third on Kervin Suarez‘s single and came home on a Rome error. Suarez scored when Duran smacked a double off the Green Monster, and Campana singled home Duran two batters later.

In his Drive debut, Duran went 2-3 with two runs and two stolen bases.

Daysbel Hernandez (1-0) got the win for Rome, and Troy Bacon picked up his first save.

The nightcap was marred by a 90-minute rain delay in the second inning of a 1-1 game. Fitzgerald walked, moved to second on Campana’s single and scored on a Braves error in left field to put the Drive ahead, and a bases-loaded walk right before the rain delay knotted things up at one.

Isaias Lucena put the Drive ahead 2-1 in the fourth inning with a single to plate Jordan Wren, but that lead was erased in the fifth when Drew Lugbauer belted a grand slam off Devon Fisher (3-7).

Greenville’s final run of the night came on Tanner Nishioka‘s RBI single in the fifth. Rome countered with an RBI hit from Justin Dean in the sixth.

Next:  In Greenville today through Sunday. Saturday at 7:05 p.m., Sunday at 4:05 p.m. Off Monday. At home Tuesday vs. Delmarva.

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.

Roster moves:

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


Rome High’s Varsity Squad plays in the “soap game” at Barron Stadium on Friday. (photo from Kimberley Harrison)
Pepperell traveled to Temple for a scrimmage game on Friday. (photo from Jamey Alcorn)

Georgia High School Football Daily is back for a new season: Please use the following link to get a free email subscription.

‘Meet the Tribe’ Block Party set for Saturday at the Armuchee High field. 7 p.m. What’s available: Barbecue plates with sides, $10; by the pound, $10 per pound; or whole Boston butt, $35 each (pickup at 6 p.m.)

Preseason Scrimmages:  All teams may play one scrimmage against another opponent. In addition, teams who did not conduct spring practice may play a second scrimmage. Here is the preseason scrimmage schedule for 2018 (from John McClellan).

Aug. 9

  • Whitefield Academy at Darlington
  • Northwest Whitfield at Calhoun
  • Trion at LaFayette

Aug. 10

  • Southeast Whitfield at Armuchee
  • Coosa at Bowdon
  • Mt. Zion at Model
  • Pepperell at Cass
  • New Manchester at Rome
  • Adairsville at Woodland
  • Cedartown at Chattooga
  • Temple at Rockmart
  • Sonoraville at Gordon Central

Aug. 18

Unity Christian School v. Twiggs Academy at John Hancock Academy

John McClellan on high school football: A look at coaching changes, scrimmage schedules and what you need to know about the 2018 season. For more, please click McClellan

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 at 5:30 p.m. and 5A Rome takes on 7A Marietta at 8:30 p.mAdvance tickets will be sold at the Barron Stadium ticket booth on Aug. 2-3, Aug. 9-10 and Aug. 13-16. Ticket booths will open at noon and close at 3 p.m. and are $12. Purchasing tickets the day of will cost $17. Tickets can also be purchased online at

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.


Honors for Berry baseball: The American Baseball Coaches Association honored a record number of college and high school programs with the 2018 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award, with Berry earning its third consecutive distinction. Berry College was among the 293 college and high school programs who received the award, including 78 teams from NCAA Division III. The ABCA awards teams coached by ABCA members that posted a GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the 2017-18 academic year. Teams from every level of college and high school baseball were recognized. Coaches were able to nominate their team for the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award at the conclusion of the spring semester, prior to the nomination deadline of July 18.To be honored, teams had to meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a high school or college team.
  • Head coach must be a current ABCA member.
  • Team must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale during the 2017-18 academic year.

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 takes place at the club’s Flowery Branch training facility for the 14th consecutive year and they will have select practices open to the public through Saturday. Gates open at 8:20 a.m., practice starts at 9:20 a.m. For additional information regarding changes in practice times or weather delays, please call: 770-965-2752. Expanded details / Schedule



USTA girls championship starting this weekend at the Rome Tennis Center: “The best junior tennis players in the country playing competitive tennis in the Girls’ 14 Division are coming to Rome to compete in the USTA Girls’ 14 National Hardcourt Championships at Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. Nearly 40 states will be represented, including Washington, D.C., as these junior athletes fight for the right to be the National Champion for their age group. The USTA Girls’ 14 National Hardcourt Championships has a very rich history with past junior players reaching the pinnacle of tennis. Play will commence on Saturday, Aug. 4, and run daily through Saturday, Aug. 11. Admission is Free!

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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