Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Model High to name new football coach this morning (watch it live).  Rome Braves open with a huge win. High school baseball results, schedule.  U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team to train again at Darlington next week.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Model High to name new football coach this morning (watch it live). Rome Braves open with a huge win. High school baseball results, schedule. U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team to train again at Darlington next week.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports

Truett’s Chick-fil-A, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Mount Berry Mall, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Riverside Parkway, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

HEADLINES


The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team will be back at Darlington next week for a training camp. They were here three years ago to train before they competed in the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Says a post on the team’s Facebook page: “We finished the last camp in the West; next we head East to Rome, Ga.”

  • The above video, from The Atlantic, was produced while the team was at Darlington. It lasts just over three minutes.

New football coach for Model High to be named this morning: Floyd County Schools is planning a Facebook Live introduction at 9:30 this morning “to meet Model High School‘s new head football coach.” He’ll replace Ricky Ross who’s leaving the post after one season. Join the Watch Party by clicking here.

HIGH SCHOOL/baseball

Thursday

Rome 12, Chattooga 2. What’s next: Rome plays at Villa Rica Monday with home games against Villa Rica on Wednesday and Kell on Friday.

Model edged by Christian Heritage, 3-1.

Darlington 11, Cass 2.

Gordon Lee 6, Rockmart 0.

Cedartown 13, Central.

Catersville 6, Lassiter 3.

Friday

Model at Rockmart

Coosa at Armuchee

Monday

Rome at Villa Rica


BASEBALL

The Rome Braves did their first post-game high-five walk Thursday thanks to a 9-1 pounding of the Kannapolis Intimidators. Photo courtesy of Kevin Karel, 99.5 FM The Jock.

 

Rome Braves’ open 2019 season with a huge 9-1. Media release: Justin Dean ripped an inside-the-park homerun on the first pitch of the game and the Rome Braves never looked back, opening the 2019 season with an impressive 9-1 win over the Intimidators in North Carolina on Thursday evening.

After adding a second run in the first inning on a Brendan Venter RBI 1B, Rome erupted for four runs in the 3rd thanks to a Griffin Benson RBI 2B and a three run homer from Venter.  Trey Harris added a solo shot in the fifth and Rome completed their scoring with two runs in the sixth inning on back to back RBI singles by Harris and Venter, extending the lead to 9-0. Kannapolis got its lone run in the eighth inning on a 2B from Steele Walker into centerfield to pull it to 9-1.   Rome never trailed in the game.

Venter finished his night 4-5 with a homer, double and 5 RBI.  Harris, Dean, and Andrew Moritz all contributed multi-hit efforts as well and Greg Cullen had a hit and two walks.

As the Rome offense sizzled, their pitching staff enjoyed a successful night of its own.  RHP Nolan Kingham got the win, tossing five scoreless innings and allowing only three hits, with a strikeout and no walks.  Former position player-turned reliever Kurt Hoekstra was dominant on Thursday out of the bullpen, recording four strikeouts in 1.1 innings.

Game two of the series and season is scheduled for 7 pm Friday evening at Intimidators Stadium in Kannapolis.  Rome puts RHP Jasseel De La Cruz on the mound.  Kannapolis will start LHP Taylor Varnell.

Stats:

  • Rome (1-0):                 9 R       14 H    1 E
  • Kannapolis (0-1):         1 R       5 H    1 E
  • W: Nolan Kingham (1-0)
  • L: Stiever (0-1)
  • Time: 2:51
  • Attendance: 2,595

Next: Rome at Kannapolis. 7 tonight and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday.

Home opener on April 11 vs. Greenville Drive. Gates open at 6 p.m.; first pitch at 7. Magnetic Schedule Giveaway (all fans). Special Appearance by Tenor Timothy Miller: who will perform the National Anthem and God Bless America. Thirsty Thursday: $2 16-ounce domestic draft beer and fountain drinks presented by 104.9 The Rebel. Wing Night: 10 wings for $5 available exclusively from the pizza stand on the third base concourse. Tickets: romebraves.com/tickets

Schedule / Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery

Atlanta Braves: Latest updates@ Atlanta


FINAL FOUR. For more, please see the NCAA’s home page. Final Four

Saturday, April 6
Virginia vs. Auburn (Final Four) March Madness Live 6:09 p.m. CBS Minneapolis, MN
Michigan State vs. Texas Tech (Final Four) March Madness Live 8:49 p.m. CBS Minneapolis, MN
Monday, April 8
National Championship March Madness Live 9:00 pm CBS Minneapolis, MN

Look for Rome’s Doug Shows on the floor for this weekend’s Final Four games: The veteran college basketball referee will help call his fifth Final Four in a career that started with calling Division I games in 1993 and the men’s tournament since 1998.

Women’s championship. Women’s NCAA

  • Friday’s results: Baylor vs. Oregon, 7 p.m., ESPN. Notre Dame vs. UConn, 9 p.m., ESPN.
  • Sunday: Championship game, 6 p.m., ESPN.

COLLEGE/ Football

Berry College: Season opener on Sept. 7 at Maryville2019 Schedule

Shorter University: Spring game set for April 13. Season opener Sept. 7 at East Tennessee St. / 2019 Schedule


COMMUNITY

April 17: Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation will host a free Major League Baseball  Jr. Home Run Derby Competition for area youth on Wednesday, April 17, beginning at 6 p.m. at Alto Park Fields. This competition is a free way for talented youngsters to showcase their hitting abilities, with the opportunity of competing at the National Finals during the MLB All-Star Week. Boys and girls are divided into two age divisions: 12U and 14U, and will have the chance to advance through three levels of competition. The Local Champions from both age divisions will advance to the Regional Level, and Regional Champions will advance to the National Finals, which will take place during the 2019 MLB ® All-Star Week. All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. For questions concerning the competition, please contact Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation’s Sports Coordinator Adam Mull at mulla@floydcountyga.org.

April 24: Area Youth to compete in Major League Baseball  Pitch Hit & Run competition. Begins at 6 p.m. atAlto Park Fields. Pitch Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills. Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals during the 2019 MLB All-Star Week.The individual Pitching, Hitting, and Running Champions, along with the All-Around Champion in each division age group at the Local Competition will be awarded and advance to the Sectional Level of competition. All participants must bring a copy of a valid birth document for age verification and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. For questions concerning the competition, please contact your Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation’s Sports Coordinator, Jay Houston at houstonj@floydcountyga.org.

April 27: Rome High School hosts the Wolf Nation 5K and 1 Mile Race. Last year, 260 runners took part. This year, the 5K will start at 7:30 a.m. and the 1-Mile race at 8:15 a.m. Proceeds from this race will benefit the Rome Cross Country Team and will help to build our running programs. The school with the highest number of participants will receive $300 as an incentive to promote or start a running program at that school. Registration is due at the RHS main office by Friday, April 19, at 3:30 p.m. All team participants are asked to submit waivers and payments to the front office or register online.

April 28: 11th Annual Tri for the Kids Youth Triathlon: For kids 6-15, at Darlington School in Rome. Time: 1-4 p.m. You can choose to race in elite, beginner and challenger divisions, or if you would like to volunteer, they’d love that too. Questions: Beth Smith- bsmith@darlingtonschool.org / On Facebook


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