Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports.  Model names Jeff Hunnicutt new football coach. Rome Braves fall at Kannapolis, 2-1. High school baseball scores and schedule. Men’s Final Four begins tonight; results from women’s semi-finals.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Model names Jeff Hunnicutt new football coach. Rome Braves fall at Kannapolis, 2-1. High school baseball scores and schedule. Men’s Final Four begins tonight; results from women’s semi-finals.

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

Jeff Hunnicutt has been named the new head football coach for Model HighHe has previous coaching experience with Cartersville High, Pepperell High, Coosa High and Cedartown High schools. He joins the Blue Devils just as preparations begin for spring drills. Hunnicutt

HIGH SCHOOL/baseball

Friday

Rockmart tops Model, 12-1.

Coosa falls at Armuchee, 8-2.

Monday

Rome at Villa Rica

Coosa at Darlington, 4 p.m.

Armuchee at Adairsville

Tuesday

Pepperell at Coosa, 5 p.m.

Chattooga at Armuchee, 4 p.m.

Rockmart at Gordon Central, 5:30 p.m.

Model at Dade County, 5:30 p.m.

Also:

Rome is home against Villa Rica on Wednesday and Kell on Friday.


BASEBALL

Rome Braves’ fall 2-1 at Kannapolis on Friday. Media release: The Intimidators got a two run triple from Steele Walker in the 3rd inning off Rome starting pitcher Jasseel De La Cruz and then held on for a 2-1 victory on a soggy Friday night in Kannapolis.  The Rome offense was held in check by LHP Taylor Varnell who kept the Braves hitters off balance in his debut outing. The collective star for Rome on Friday was the bullpen.  Braves relievers LHP Tanner Lawson, RHP Victor Vodnik, and RHP Lukas Young all shined while on the mound, striking out a combined 8 batters in 5.1 shutout innings. After being held scoreless by Varnell for six frames the Braves immediately jumped his replacement, LHP Bennett Sousa in the seventh.  Justin Dean ripped a double down the left field line and later scored on a Greg Cullen RBI 1B.  The rally fell short as Rome left both the tying and go-ahead runs on base.  Cullen reached on a two-base throwing error with two outs in the 9th inning but was stranded at second as the game ended. Kannapolis slugger Steele Walker is the only Intimidators hitter with an RBI or extra-base hit in the first two games of the series. Trey Harris finished the night 2-2 with a walk.  Dean was 1-4 with a double and a run scored.  Starter Jasseel De La Cruz took the loss, going 2.2 innings and allowing two earned runs on two hits.  He struck out three and walked two. Rome pitchers have struck out 20 batters in 17 innings in the series and have allowed only two earned runs. Game three of the series is scheduled for 7 pm Saturday evening at Intimidators Stadium in Kannapolis.  Rome puts RHP Jose Olague on the mound.  Kannapolis will start RHP Davis Martin.

Next: Rome at Kannapolis. 7 tonight  and 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

Tonight

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: Baylor tops Oregon, 72-61. Notre Dame over UConn, 81-76.
  • Sunday: Baylor vs. Notre Dame in 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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