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Rome Braves rally, take finale at Greensboro, 5-3. Media release: In need of a win and trailing by three runs early, the Rome Braves reached down for something extra on Thursday night and emerged with a 5-3 come-from-behind victory against the Greensboro Grasshoppers, allowing them to avoid both a sweep and a fifth consecutive loss. It turned out to be one of Rome’s most impressive outings of the season.
Rome starting pitcher RHP Alan Rangel got the win for 5 solid innings of work and managed to recover despite allowing a pair of early homeruns. Rangel gave up a solo homer to Mason Martin in the 1st inning and a two run shot to Pat Dorrian in the 2nd, giving Greensboro a 3-0 edge. The game quickly appeared to be moving in a similar direction to the previous two games when the Grasshoppers slugged away to high scoring wins. Thursday was different.
In the 4th inning Rome began to mount their comeback. The Braves leading hitter Trey Harris ripped a double into left. Logan Brown followed with a double off the wall in right-center, getting Rome on the scoreboard. The Braves added another run on a Braulio Vasquez single and an error. Ricardo Rodriguez tied the game up on a two out single into center making it 3-3.
The Braves took the lead in the 5th inning playing small ball. Justin Dean opened the frame with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch, then to third on a passed ball. With one out Harris lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Dean and giving the Braves an advantage they would hold the rest of the night. Rome grabbed an insurance run in the 8th inning and Harris was again in the middle of the rally. He hit a leadoff single and quickly stole second base. Vasquez came up with two outs and shot the first pitch he saw the other way into right, bringing in Harris and giving Rome the 5-3 lead. After 3 scoreless relief innings from RHP Jose Montilla the Braves turned to RHP Lukas Young for the save and he converted with ease, recording a strikeout and two groundouts in a 1-2-3 inning. Young was named on Thursday as the Rome Braves BC Powders Relief Pitcher of the Month for April.
Harris continued to rip apart the league with another multi-hit effort. He finished 2-3 with a double, RBI, stolen base and two runs scored. Harris is currently batting .391. Vasquez and Rodriguez each went 2-4 with an RBI. Rangel went 5 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He struck out a season-high nine hitters and walked three.
Rome now heads north to Lakewood, New Jersey to open a four game series with the BlueClaws beginning on Friday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Rome will start LHP Gabriel Noguera (0-1, 8.10) while Lakewood will send RHP Dominic Pipkin (1-1, 4.41) to the mound.
Rome (10-16): 5 R 9 H 0 E
Greensboro (16-10): 3 R 9 H 2 E
W: Alan Rangel (1-1)
L: Steve Jennings (1-4)
S: Lukas Young (3)
Next: At Lakewood Friday through Monday. Game times: Tonight at 7:05. Saturday, 4:05 p.m.; Sunday, 1:05 p.m., Monday, 6:35 p.m.
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 www.brighterbirthdays.org.
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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 advances, defeats Flowery Branch 12-0 and 3-2.
Class 3A: Calhoun’s season ends. Pace Academy 10-1 and 13-0.
- Rockmart will host Elbert County: Game 1, Elbert 6, Rockmart 4. Game 2: Rockmart 5-0 over Elbert. Finale today at 4 p.m. (best of three).
- Chattooga’s season ends at Social Circle wins, 3-0 and 13-2.
- Model’s season ends as Callaway wins two: 1-0 and 4-1.
Class A: Trion will play at Clinch County. Game 1: Trion 3, Clinch 2. Clinch County 11-3. Finale today at 2 p.m.
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.
Girls, 2A: Model vs. Harlem-Toombs County.
Class A Public: Trion falls 2-1.
- Armuchee downed by Bremen, 3-2.
- Coosa falls to Putnam Co., 2-1.
- Gordon Central falls 3-2 to Union.
- Pepperell will play at Social Circle, May 3.
Class 3A: Westminster 3, Calhoun 0
Class 4A: Cartersville falls to Southeast Whitfield, 1-0.
Class 5A: Rome 4, Clarkston 2. Wolves next play Whitewater.
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.
Gulf South Conference Track & Field Championships for men and women will take place at Barron Stadium now through Saturday. Events start at 10 a.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday. GSC
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.
The Exchange Club will hold its annual Jim Bishop Memorial Tee Off Against Child Abuse Golf Tournament on May 10 at Stonebridge Golf Club. The event is sponsored by Heritage Auto Group and Guild Mortgage/Blaine Kirby. All proceeds benefit the Family Resource Center and its child abuse prevention programs. The event, named in memory of Jim Bishop, is a four-man scramble and event registration includes breakfast from The Sweet Bar and lunch courtesy of Chick-fil-A.“We still have a few team slots available for this event, which is now in its seventh year. Stonebridge is a beautiful course and the day offers a great day of networking among teams and a fun way to support child abuse prevention efforts,” says Tina Bartleson, Executive Director. Registration deadline is May 7 and forms can be downloaded ator by calling Bartleson at 706-290-0764.