Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves fall to Lakewood, 3-2. Former Berry basketball coach Lennie Acuff named Lipscomb head coach. GHSA State Soccer, Baseball and Tennis updates.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves fall to Lakewood, 3-2. Former Berry basketball coach Lennie Acuff named Lipscomb head coach. GHSA State Soccer, Baseball and Tennis updates.

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.


SPORTS HEADLINES

Former Berry College head basketball coach and member of Shorter Athletic Hall of Fame (2011), Lennie Acuff has been named the new men’s basketball coach at Lipscomb University. He most recently served as head coach at the University of Alabama in Huntsville after leaving Berry College, where he coached four seasons. He graduated from Shorter in 1988, where he had an outstanding basketball playing career, setting a number of school records. Lipscomb

The Berry College men’s lacrosse team placed eight student-athletes on the All-Conference teams in exclusive voting by head coaches of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA). Berry


BASEBALL

SS Carlos Paraguate tags out. Photo by Mills Fitzner.

Rome Braves drop another game to Lakewood, 3-2.  Media release:  The visiting Lakewood BlueClaws captured a 3-2 win and series victory against the Rome Braves Tuesday behind early offense and 16 strikeouts from their pitching staff.

All the scoring in the game took place within the first three innings against starting pitchers RHP Jose Olague and RHP Victor Santos. The BlueClaws got a pair of runs in the 2nd inning against Olague. Cole Stobbe doubled in a run and then scored on a Jonathan Guzman RBI single. In the 3rd inning Stobbe walked with the bases loaded to notch his second RBI of the game and make it 3-0 BlueClaws. That rally would mark the end of the evening for Olague.

Rome struck for a pair of runs in the Bottom of the 3rd on a two run double by Greg Cullen out to deep left. It was Cullen’s first game back after missing several contests following a hit by pitch near his elbow last week in Greenville. His extra-base hit brought Rome to within a 3-2 score but they would get no closer. The Braves finished 1-9 with runners in scoring position. Their best chance was in the 6th inning with runners at the corners and nobody out. Lakewood reliever RHP Francisco Morales struck out three consecutive batters to end the threat and strand two on base. Rome hitters whiffed 13 times in the final 5 innings and struck out 16 times total in the game. Lakewood got a save from RHP Robinson Martinez.

Olague struggled with his control on Tuesday, walking four batters in 3 innings of work. He did not record a strikeout and received the loss. Rome LHP Jake Higginbotham and RHP Jose Montilla each provided 3 innings of scoreless relief out of the bullpen to keep it close. Rome never had a lead in the game.

Trey Harris enjoyed another multi-hit effort, going 2-4 and stealing a base. He’s now batting .369 this season. Justin Dean was 1-4 with a walk and a stolen base. Cullen finished 1-3 with a double, a walk and two RBI.

Rome and Lakewood conclude their three game series Wednesday morning at 10:30 am in an Education Day at State Mutual Stadium. Rome will start RHP Trey Riley (0-3, 7.82) while Lakewood will counter with RHP Kevin Gowdy (0-0, 2.79).

Rome (6-12):               2 R       6 H    0 E

Lakewood (6-13):        3 R       9 H    1 E

W: Victor Santos (2-1)

L: Jose Olague (1-3)

S: Robinson Martinez (2)

Time: 2:37

Attendance: 1,861

Next: At home today at 10:30 a.m. against Lakewood. Thursday-Sunday at home vs. Kannapolis.

Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive

  • Photo gallery: Fireflies take the series, two games to one, thanks to 2-1 win over Rome Braves. Photos By Mills Fitzner. Click
The Rome Georgia Tech Network is holding its annual Georgia Tech night at the Rome Braves Saturday, April 27.  Come and join us and wear your Tech Colors.  We will be accepting donations for our Wesley Johnson incoming freshman scholarship fund.  We have a block of tickets reserved.  The cost is $6 for the seat and it includes a hot dog.  Please contact Tim Groves,  president of the Rome GT network @ greasy.jacket@gmail.com or 678-522-1036 to reserve your ticket. The schedule: 4 p.m. Tailgate/Cookout at the East Parking Lot; 5:30 p.m. GT Table at the main entrance; and 6 p.m. Game starts

Atlanta Braves: Latest updates @ Atlanta


HIGH SCHOOL/baseball

Georgia High School Association State Baseball Tournament: 

  • Brackets for each class are now included; just click ‘Class 2A’ or other classifications.
  • First round games will be April 24-26. Championships will be May 21-23.

Class 5ARome at Decatur for double header on April 24 with 1st pitch at 4:30 p.m. IF game Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Class 4A 

  • Cartersville will host Oconee County in the 1st Round on April 24 with a DH starting at 4:30. The “if” game is scheduled for Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
  • Cedartown at North Oconee

Class 3ACalhoun will host Greater Atlanta Christian on April 24 with doubleheader at 4 p.m. The “if” game is scheduled for Thursday at 5:55 p.m.

Class 2A:

  • Rockmart will host Washington on April 24 for double header at 4 p.m. The “if” game is scheduled for Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Tickets $10.
  • Chattooga will host McNair on April 24.
  • Model at South Atlanta on April 24 for double header at 3:45 p.m.

Class A: Trion will host Miller County on April 25 for double header, “if” game on April 26.

State Mutual Stadium to be one venue for the GHSA State Baseball Tournament on May 21-23.


HIGH SCHOOL/soccer

Pairings in Georgia High School Association State Soccer Tournament:  

  • Brackets for each class are now included; just click ‘Class 2A’ or other classifications.
  • State championship are May 17-18.

Girls: First round begins April 23-25

Class A-Public: Trion hosts Lincoln County, April 23

Class 2A:

  • Coosa at Douglass-Atlanta, April 25
  • Gordon Central hosts Therrell, April 25
  • Model hosts Washington, April 25
  • Pepperell at KIPP Atlanta Charter, April 25

Class 3A:

  • Adairsville lost to Lumpkin County, 4-1.
  • Sonoraville lost to Dawson County, 7-0.
  • Calhoun beat North Hall, 2-0.

Class 4A: Oconee County at Cartersville, April 25

Class 5A: Rome lost to Riverwood, 4-3.

GICCA: Unity Christian School Girls Soccer Team will be playing in the first round of playoffs against Trinity Christian on Saturday, April 27 in Opelika, AL. at 11am EST/10am CT.

Boys: First round games begin April 24-26

Class A Public: Trion hosts Commerce, April 24

Class 2A: 

  • Armuchee at Hapeville. April 26
  • Coosa hosts KIPP Atlanta Charter, April 26
  • Gordon Central at South Atlanta, April 26
  • Pepperell hosts Therrell, April 26

Class 3A: Calhoun will host Dawson County, April 24

Class 4A: Madison County at Cartersville, April 26

Class 5A: Rome at Decatur, April 24

GICCA: Unity Christian School Boys will play Cherokee Christian in the first round of playoffs on Thursday, April 25 at 5 p.m. at Grizzard Park.


TENNIS

Georgia High School Association State Tennis Tournament: Third round to be played by April 27. 

  • Brackets for each class are now included; just click ‘Class 2A’ or other classifications.
  • The state championships will be held at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College starting May 4. Schedule

Girls:

Class A/Public: Trion vs. Miller County.

Class 2A

  • Armuchee will play Jeff Davis.
  • Rockmart will host Dodge County.
  • Model at Berrien.

Class 4ACartersville will host Eastside.

Boys: 

Class A/public: Trion vs. Taylor County.

Class 2A

  • Rockmart will host Dodge County.

COLLEGE/ Football

ACC Spring football schedule

  • Friday, April 26: Georgia Tech
  • Saturday, April 27: Virginia

COMMUNITY

April 24: Area Youth to compete in Major League Baseball  Pitch Hit & Run competition. Begins at 6 p.m. at Alto Park Fields. Pitch Hit & Runis 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

May 1: Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation will host a free Major League Baseball  Jr. Home Run Derby Competition for area youth on Wednesday, May 1, at the Darlington School baseball complex at 1014 Cave Spring Road. 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.

The Bartow History Museum and Rose Lawn Museum announce the History Hustle is slated for May 4. The 5K begins and ends at the Rose Lawn Museum, a Victorian home. Along the course, enjoy seeing some historic homes as you make your way through local neighborhoods. Afterwards, stay and enjoy Rose Lawn’s free May Market. Then, use your race shirt for free admission to the Bartow History Museum in historic downtown Cartersville.  The run/walk (strollers welcome) begins at 8 a.m. with check-in between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Pre-registration is $25 and race day registration is $30. Registration includes a T-shirt; however, sizes and quantities are limited. Those planning to participate can park at the Civic Center or the Courthouse. historic-5-k. For additional information, contact Trey Gaines at 770-382-3818, Ext. 6286.


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