Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves drop opener to Greensboro, 9-7. Latest local soccer report. Schedules for high school state baseball, soccer and tennis. Community sports calendar.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves drop opener to Greensboro, 9-7. Latest local soccer report. Schedules for high school state baseball, soccer and 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.


Rome Braves give up early lead, drop series opener to Greesboro, 9-7. Media release: Rome lost their opener 9-7 on Tuesday evening despite an early four-run advantage as the Grasshoppers used the long ball and eight walks to defeat the Braves in the first of a three game series.

The Braves started fast, putting up four runs in the 1st inning against Greensboro starter RHP Brad Case. Greg Cullen ripped an RBI double down the right field line to open the scoring and Trey Harris followed with a two run triple to center. Harris’ shot was just out of the reach of Hoppers outfielder Jonah Davis. Logan Brown then brought in Harris with an RBI groundout.

Greensboro began to mount their comeback in the 2nd inning on a solo homer from Rodolfo Castro. With Rome leading 4-1 in the 4th inning, starter RHP Trey Riley walked the first two hitters. Castro came up again and once more unloaded, this time sending a line drive homerun out to left-center, tying the game 4-4. Later in the inning Raul Siri pulled a solo shot out to left to give Greensboro the 5-4 lead.

The Hoppers again took advantage of walks in the 7th inning when catcher Grant Koch followed three consecutive walks from Rome reliever RHP Victor Vodnik with a bases-clearing three run double into the left field corner. Five of the eight hitters put on via walks ended up scoring on Tuesday against Rome pitching.

The Braves went down swinging, scoring a run in the 8th inning on a Harris RBI infield single. Brendan Venter slugged his second homer of the season in the 9th inning, shooting a ball off an umbrella table in the left field bleachers and bringing the Braves to within 9-7. They would get no closer.

Venter was 2-4 with a homerun and two RBI. Harris finished 2-4 with a triple and three RBI. Justin Dean was 2-5 and scored a run. Griffin Benson went 1-3 with a single and a walk. Starting pitcher Trey Riley threw 4 innings and allowed five earned runs on six hits. He struck out six and walked two.

Tuesday’s game was the longest Rome has played this season at 3 hours and 14 minutes.

Rome and Greensboro continue their series on Wednesday evening at First National Bank Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7 pm. Rome will start RHP Odalvi Javier (0-0, 4.32) while Greensboro will counter with RHP Nicholas Economos (2-1, 2.16).

Rome (9-15):               7 R       8 H   2 E

Greensboro (15-9):     9 R       11 H    1 E

W: Bryan Case (3-1)

L: Trey Riley (0-4)

Time: 3:14

Attendance: 3,221

Next: At Greensboro today-Thursday (7 p.m. games); in Lakewood Friday through May 6.

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

Star Wars Night at the Rome Braves, sponsored by Harbin Clinic, is set for May 18 at State Mutual Stadium. The game, pitting the Rome Braves against the Columbia Fireflies, starts at 6 p.m. Raffle tickets for  signed Braves merchandise will be available for purchase, and proceeds will benefit Brighter Birthdays, a non-profit organization that helps children in need celebrate their birthdays through the delivery of bags filled with toys and living essentials. Harbin Clinic is offering a coupon for two popcorns and two Home Run Hill tickets for $10. Coupons are available at all Harbin Clinic volunteer desks, Harbin Clinic Dermatology Rome at 550 Redmond Road, and Harbin Clinic locations at 330 Turner McCall Blvd. “We’re excited to sponsor Star Wars Night at the Braves for such a great cause,” says Kenna Stock, Harbin Clinic CEO. “Brighter Birthdays does a wonderful job of bringing joy to birthday boys and girls throughout our region.” Fans are encouraged to dress in Star Wars fashion, and professional cosplayers in authentic costumes will be at the game to help the crowd get into the galactic spirit and raise money for Brighter Birthdays. For more, visit

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The YMCA Arsenal Rome Select soccer teams were led by 2 more wins from the B’06 III Green this weekend to build a 18-4-2 overall record.

  • The B’06 III Green beat Kennesaw’s Cannons 8-1 with goals from Grayson Perry (3, 1 assist), Andy Perez (2, 3 assists), Jaden Wood, Nehemias Morales (1 assist), and Mateo Trujillo (2). On Sunday they beat GSA 3-1 with goals from Alexis Valencia (2) and Trujillo (assist Wood). Their undefeated 7-0 record keeps them in 1stplace heading into a big game with 2ndplace MAYS on Saturday.
  • The B’05 I lost to UFA Norcross Red by a score of 2-0. Goalkeeper Jason Cux had 3 saves. The team has a record of 5-4 and is currently in 5th place. They will return to action next Saturday away at UFA Cumming.
  • The G’06 C West beat SSA Chelsea Gold 4-0 and Tophat White 4-0. Their 4 win, 2 tie record puts them in 5thplace. Next weekend they play at 6thplace Lightning in Atlanta Friday, 7thplace Inter Atlanta Excel Saturday, and host Cherokee Impact on Sunday.
  • Compiled by Roy Dickinson

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: Brackets for each class are now included; just click ‘Class 2A’ or other classifications. All girls matches Saturday will start at 9:30 a.m. and boys matches at 1:30 p.m. at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. Schedule

Boys Class 2A: Rockmart will play Early County at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the Class 2A State Championship.


Baseball: Shorter Hawks take on the University of West Florida at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Ala., in the first-round GSC conference game at 7 p.m. Friday.


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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