Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Greenville adds five in the sixth inning, downs the Rome Braves 9-2. John McClellan takes a closer look at regional play for area high schools; first games.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Greenville adds five in the sixth inning, downs the Rome Braves 9-2. John McClellan takes a closer look at regional play for area high schools; first games.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report
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It was a two-homer day forTanner Nishioka, who notched three hits and three RBIs. Greenville photo.

Rome Braves fall 9-2 after sixth-inning surge by Greenville. Media release: For the second day in a row, the Greenville Drive offense was in full force, as they produced a season-high 19 hits in a 9-2 defeat of the Rome Braves on Sunday afternoon at Fluor Field.

With the win, Greenville (24-20, 49-64) keeps pace with the Lexington Legends atop the second-half Southern Division standings.

The Drive’s 19-hit attack was paced by a 5-for-5 day from Jarren Duran, and a two-homer day from Tanner Nishioka, who notched three hits and three RBI.

The Drive struck early with a run in each of the two opening innings. Ryan Fitzgerald hit an RBI single in the bottom of the first, while Nishioka belted a 411-foot solo homer to right-center in the second.

Rome (19-23, 59-52) scratched back within one in the third after Justin Dean tripled off Enmanuel De Jesus to open the inning and later scored on a RBI groundout from Greyson Jenista.

Dean, a Mauldin native, went 3-4 at the plate atop the Braves lineup.

Coming off a complete game shutout on Tuesday, De Jesus (6-3) gave the Drive another solid effort over six innings. He scattered eight hits, which only materialized into two runs, while striking out five batters to pick up the win.

Greenville scored on a Braves error in the fourth, but Rome took the run right back in the fifth after Jefrey Ramos doubled home Jenista.

The Drive did most of its damage in a five-run sixth inning that featured a two-run triple from Marino Campana, an RBI single from Zach Sterry and a two-run home run from Nishioka, his second of the afternoon and seventh of the season.

Fitzgerald had a big day at the plate as well, going 3-5. Lozada, Sterry and Pedro Castellanoschipped in with two hits apiece.

Marcos Lantigua pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the Drive, and Austin Gloriusfollowed with a scoreless ninth in his 2018 Greenville debut.

Next:  Off today. At home Tuesday-Thursday vs. Delmarva, 7 p.m. starts. Friday-Aug. 13, West Virginia.

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.


John McClellan: Closer look at region play for area high schools — plus the first games of the new season for each one.  McClellan

From the Charleston, S.C., Post & Courier: A closer look at Cartersville graduate Trevor Lawrence as he prepares for his first game as a Clemson Tiger. Lawrence

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).


  • Whitefield Academy at Darlington
  • Northwest Whitfield at Calhoun
  • Trion at LaFayette
  • Adairsville at Woodland, 730 p.m.


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

Aug. 18

Unity Christian School v. Twiggs Academy at John Hancock Academy

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.


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 preseason schedule. The first game is this Friday vs. the New York Jets on the road. Schedule



USTA girls championship at the Rome Tennis Center: Play runs daily through Saturday, Aug. 11. Free admission.

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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