Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves edge Lakewood, 1-0. Open four game homestand against Kannapolis tonight. Updates on GHSA Baseball, Soccer and Tennis tournaments. Rome High hosts Wolf Nation 5K on Saturday.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves edge Lakewood, 1-0. Open four game homestand against Kannapolis tonight. Updates on GHSA Baseball, Soccer and Tennis tournaments. Rome High hosts Wolf Nation 5K on Saturday.

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.



Rome Braves’ Justin Dean. Photo by Mills Fitzner. Click here for more photos.

Rome Braves edge Lakewood, 1-0. Game release: The Rome Braves averted a sweep at the hands of the Lakewood BlueClaws Wednesday afternoon as their two young infielders provided a late offensive spark to deliver a 1-0 victory in the series finale.

Following an Education Day first pitch at 10:32 am, both lineups appeared sleepy in the early going. Starting pitchers RHP Trey Riley and RHP Kevin Gowdy turned in strong efforts and kept the game scoreless. The outing by Rome’s Riley was his best of the 2019 season. The Edwardsville, Illinois native threw 6 shutout innings, allowing seven hits with two strikeouts and one walk. He shaved more than two full runs off his season-ERA following the start, lowering it to 5.30. Lakewood got fine work from Gowdy who fired 5 scoreless innings and struck out three.

Still knotted up 0-0 in the 7th inning, Rome turned the keys over to RHP reliever Claudio Custodio who pitched a clean frame in the 7th and worked around a pair of singles in the 8th to keep the game scoreless. The Braves finally got the rally they needed in the Bottom of the 8th.  Against BlueClaws RHP reliever James McArthur, Rome’s Darling Florentino ripped a leadoff single into right field. Jose Bermudez followed with a sacrifice bunt to push him into scoring position. That brought Carlos Paraguate to the plate and the 18 year old delivered in a big way, shooting an opposite-field double down the right field line to score Florentino and give Rome a 1-0 lead.

Closer RHP Kurt Hoekstra entered and worked a perfect 9th inning complete with two punchouts to earn his 2nd save of the season. Hoekstra has struck out 16 batters in 8.1 innings this season. Custodio received the win, his second victory in two appearances as a Rome Brave.

Florentino finished 2-3 with a double and a run scored. Paraguate was 1-3 with the game-winning double and RBI. Greg Cullen was 1-3 with a double.

In their last two wins, Saturday vs. Greenville and Wednesday vs. Lakewood, the Braves are a combined 2-20 with runners on scoring position but both hits proved to be game-winning knocks.

Rome continues the homestand Thursday when they welcome the Kannapolis Intimidators for the start of a four game series. First pitch of Game 1 is scheduled for 7 pm at State Mutual Stadium. Rome will start Dominican RHP Odalvi Javier (0-0, 4.63) while Kannapolis puts LHP Konnor Pilkington (1-0, 2.20) on the mound.

Rome (7-12):               1 R       4 H    0 E

Lakewood (6-14):        0 R       9 H    0 E

W: Claudio Custodio (2-0)

L: James McArthur (0-1)

S: Kurt Hoekstra (2)

Time: 2:11

Attendance: 2,022

Next: At home tonight-Sunday vs. Kannapolis. Game time 7 p.m. tonight-Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

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 @ 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.
  • Second round games will be May 2-3. Championships will be May 21-23.

Class 5ARome is eliminated after losing both games at Decatur, 4-1 and 10-0.

Class 4A 

  • Cartersville advances after beating Oconee County, 10-0 and 5-0. Will host Flowery Branch on May 2.
  • Cedartown eliminated after losing both games at North Oconee, 15-7 and 3-1.

Class 3ACalhoun advances after beating Greater Atlanta Christian, 8-6 and 3-1. Will play at Pace Academy on May 2.

Class 2A:

  • Rockmart advances after beating Washington, 14-0 and 13-0. Will host winner of Lamar Co./Elbert Co. on May 2.
  • Chattooga advances after taking both games from McNair, 28-0 and 21-0. Will play at Social Circle on May 2.
  • Model advances after beating South Atlanta, 23-0 and 10-0. Will play at Callaway on May 2.

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.


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 beats Lincoln County, 3-2. Faces Georgia Military on May 1.

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:

  • Calhoun beat North Hall, 2-0. Faces Lovett on May 1.

Class 4A: Oconee County at Cartersville, April 25

Boys: First round games begin April 24-26

Class A Public: Trion beat Commerce, 6-2, to advance. Will play Georgia Military, May 2.

Class 2A: 

  • Armuchee at Hapeville. April 26
  • Coosa tops KIPP Atlanta Charter, 10-0. Will face winner Spencer/Putnam Co.
  • Gordon Central at South Atlanta, April 26
  • Pepperell hosts Therrell, April 26

Class 3A:Calhoun boys soccer defeated Dawson County on penalty kicks 4-2 after the teams were tied 0-0 at the end of regulation and overtime. Calhoun will play at Westminster in Round 2.

Class 4A: Madison County at Cartersville, April 26

Class 5A: Rome advances after beating Decatur, 2-0. Will play at Clarkston on May 2.


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


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.


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


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- / 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

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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