Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves fall as Kannapolis rallies Sunday afternoon; off Monday; on the road next. Big week for high school baseball, soccer, tennis. Community sports calendar.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves fall as Kannapolis rallies Sunday afternoon; off Monday; on the road next. Big week for high school baseball, soccer, tennis. Community sports calendar.

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.


Close call at the bag: It was that kind of game for the Rome Braves on Sunday. Photo by Mills Fitzner,


Rome Braves fall as Kannapolis rallies for two runs in the top of the ninth to win, 7-6.  Media release: The Intimidators scored a pair of unearned runs in the 9th inning against Rome closer Kurt Hoekstra, spoiling what had the makings of an uplifting win on Sunday afternoon and instead handing the Braves a deflating 7-6 loss to close their week-long homestand at State Mutual Stadium.

Unable to overcome five errors by their defense, the Braves lost despite scoring six runs and mashing nine hits. Until the 9th inning, the story of the game appeared to be one where the Braves bullpen and relentless offense rallied to take the lead after falling behind 5-0 in the early going.

By the 2nd inning Rome starting pitcher RHP Jose Olague was removed thanks to a five run rally fueled by consecutive fielding errors. A pair of groundballs were booted which kept the inning alive. Steele Walker made them pay with a two run double. Reliever Dilmer Mejia replaced Olague and threw well, putting up 3.1 shutout innings. Lukas Young followed and pitched a season-high 3 innings. The scoreless work from the bullpen gave the bats a chance at a comeback.

The Braves scored two runs in the 5th inning on a bases-loaded walk to Greg Cullen and an RBI single by Trey Harris. By the 7th inning the Braves rallied to tie the game 5-5. With the bases again loaded, Griffin Benson cleared them with a line drive triple to deep right field. In the 8th inning Jose Bermudez tripled. Then with two outs and the go-ahead runner at third, Andrew Moritz stepped to the plate. The Rome leadoff man came through with an RBI single into center, giving the home team a 6-5 advantage. The stage was set for a thrilling win but sloppy defense again hurt the Braves. Kannapolis shortstop Lenyn Sosa reached on an infield throwing error and moved to second on a Steele Walker single. Bryce Bush tied the game with an RBI single to bring in Sosa and with two outs Amado Nunez provided the game-winning hit with an RBI single into center field, scoring Walker. The Braves hitters went down in order in the Bottom of the 9th.

Benson was 2-5 with a triple, double and three RBI. He has a team-high 14 RBI this season. Moritz went 2-5 with an RBI and a stolen base. Greg Cullen went 1-2 with two walks and a hit by pitch.

Rome ends the homestand with three wins in seven games and the team now departs on their longest road trip of the 2019 season. The Braves are off on Monday and begin a three game series in Greensboro, NC against the Grasshoppers on Tuesday evening at 7:05 pm. The road trip later sends the Braves through New Jersey to face the Lakewood BlueClaws in a four game series. Rome will start RHP Trey Riley (0-3, 5.30) on Tuesday night. Rome won’t play another home game until May 8th.

The National Anthem was sung by Lyle Woodland on a perfect Sunday afternoon at State Mutual Stadium. Photo by Mills Fitzner.

Rome (9-14):               6 R       9 H   5 E

Kannapolis (10-12):     7 R       12 H    1 E

W: Zack Burdi (1-1)

L: Kurt Hoekstra (0-2)

S: Austin Conway (3)

Time: 3:06

Attendance: 2,024

Next: Off today. Next: On the road to Greensboro Tuesday-Thursday (7 p.m. games); in Lakewood Friday through May 6.

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

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 4A: Cartersville will host Flowery Branch on May 2.

Class 3ACalhoun will play at Pace Academy on May 2.

Class 2A:

  • Rockmart will host Elbert County on May 2.
  • Chattooga will play at Social Circle on May 2.
  • Model will play at Callaway on May 2.

Class A: Trion will play at Clinch County on May 2.

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.
  • The second round games will be May 1-2. State championship are May 17-18.


Class A-Public: Trion vs. Georgia Military, May 1.

Class 2A:

  • Coosa will play at Bremen, May 1.
  • Gordon Central will play at Union County, May 1.
  • Model will host Oglethorpe County, May 1
  • Pepperell will play at Lamar County, May 1.

Class 3A:

  • Calhoun faces Lovett, May 1.


Class A Public: Trion will play Georgia Military, May 2.

Class 2A: 

  • Armuchee will play at Bremen, May 2.
  • Coosa will host Putnam Co., May 2.
  • Gordon Central will host Union, May 2.
  • Pepperell will play at Social Circle, May 2.

Class 3A: Calhoun will play at Westminister on May 2.

Class 4A: Cartersville will play at Southeast Whitfield, May 2.

Class 5A: Rome will face Clarkston on May 2.


Georgia High School Association State Tennis Tournament: Semifinals to be played by April 30. 

  • 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 2A: Rockmart will play at Berrien.

Class 4ACartersville will host North Oconee.


Class A/public: Trion will host Taylor County.

Class 2A: Rockmart will play at Thomasville.


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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