Chick-fil-A Sports game time:  That’s the season for the Rome Braves. Lexington wins, 6-0, and takes the southern division title, two games to none.

Chick-fil-A Sports game time: That’s the season for the Rome Braves. Lexington wins, 6-0, and takes the southern division title, two games to none.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report
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This was a look at State Mutual Stadium from Homerun Hill in late February at the 2018 season was beginning to come together. Seven months later, the Rome Braves face the Lexington Legends tonight to keep that season alive in hopes of another South Atlantic League Championship.

 

FINAL: Lexington Legends sweep the Rome Braves, two games to one, to take the southern division title in the South Atlantic League. Final score Friday night: Legends 6, Braves 0. Lexington will face Lakewood in the opening game game of the SAL championship next week.

9:28 p.m. Three outs, six runs down.

9:21 p.m. Top of the ninth and Lexington leads it 6-0.

9:16 p.m. The winner of this series will face Lakewood, the northern division champion which also won both halfs of the season. Lakewood swept Kannapolis in that series, two games to one.

9:06 p.m. Costly eighth inning — and there’s only one out. Legends score three. 6-0 Lexington.

9 p.m. At the top of the eighth and the score is holding at 2-0.

8:26 p.m. Five in the book and Legends hold 2-0 lead. Rain staying north and west.

8:20 p.m. Legends knock on the door but key catch of pop up ends it. 2-0 middle of fifth. Braves up.

8:11 p.m. Oh too close call on second; Rocket protests; still an hour. End of four, 2-0 Legends.

8:07 p.m. Braves threatening. Runners on first, 0 second; one out. Venter up. Out on strikes. Two outs.

8 p.m. One more Legend hits home; 2-0 Lexington at the midpoint of the fourth.

7:53 p.m. End of three, 1-0 Legends.

7:42 p.m. Legends get one across the plate. 1-0 Lexington, middle of the third.

7:38 p.m. Storm to our north, near suburban Plainville, drifting toward Summerville. Weather Channel reporting some lightning 15 miles north of the stadium. All good here; actually a temperature drop. Nice.

7:34 p.m. Third out, no score, so why not the hug cam to start the third.

7:29 p.m. Venter walks toward first, thinking he was hit. No, says blue. Rocket Wheeler, Braves’ manager, see red. Venter’s revenge: a hit. Two Braves on with two outs.

7:28 p.m. The Braves’ Owenby breaks up the Lynch no hitter bid (in the second inning but still ….)

7:25 p.m. Airplane flyover no. 1 (tribute to Bob Berry’s legendary call at Darlington football games).

7:21 p.m. Scanning the crowd: Rome attorney Emily Matson is here. She sang the National Anthem a few games ago — and did quite well.

7:16 p.m. End of one, 0-0.

7:08 p.m. Three up, three down. Braves next. But first: The Hot Dog Squad on the third base dugout. Tail feathers?

7:04 p.m. Borkovich opens with a strike to Kyle Isbel.

7 p.m. Scanning the crowd: 16 years strong, members of the original K Club are front and center in Section 206.

6:55 p.m. National Anthem performed by Lauren Smith.

6:50 p.m. The teams and managers are introduced. Crowd is building. A warm night but a nice breeze. Great night for baseball. Here we go.

The key story points tonight:

  • Braves’ pitcher lefty Walter Borkovich (4-1 ERA 1.83 regular season). For the Legends: Lefty Daniel Lynch (5-1, 1.58 ERA regular season).
  • Lexington leads the best-of-three series, 1-0.
  • Rome needs to win tonight to stay in the playoffs.
  • If Rome wins: Game three is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at State Mutual Stadium.
  • If Lexington wins: The Legends move on to the South Atlantic League championship vs. the northern division champion. (Lakewood leads Kannapolis, 1-0; they’re playing tonight as well).
  • South Atlantic League scoreboard:  Friday

 

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