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Rome Braves top Lakewood, 6-3. Game release: The Rome Braves played another clean game on Friday night, this time in a 6-3 defeat of the Lakewood BlueClaws on a chilly evening in New Jersey. The top two hitters in the order, Justin Dean and Andrew Moritz, proved to be the catalysts for the Braves as they shook off the long bus ride and the cold in a solid performance in front of nearly 7,500 fans at FirstEnergy Park.
Rome started quickly on Friday, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning. Moritz singled and stole second base. He moved to third on a Greg Cullen single and then scored on an RBI groundout by Trey Harris. After Rome starting pitcher LHP Gabriel Noguera surrendered a pair of runs in the Bottom of the 1st the Braves found themselves down 2-1. The deficit was short-lived.
Dean opened the 3rd inning with a bunt single. He stole second base and advanced to third on another Moritz knock. Once again Harris drove in the runner from third base on an RBI grounder, this time tying the score 2-2.
By the 5th inning the Braves were ready to take the lead for the final time. Dean and Moritz leadoff the frame taking back-to-back walks. Both runners moved up a base on a deep fly ball out to right off the bat of Cullen. With two runners in scoring position Harris came up and delivered the game-winning hit, a line-drive single into center field to give the Braves the lead 4-2. Rome scored a pair of unearned runs in the 6th inning thanks in large part to two Lakewood errors. Dean got an RBI on a bases-loaded walk and Moritz brought in the final run on a sacrifice fly to deep right.
The Braves top two hitters in the order were part of every run-scoring rally on Friday night. Dean and Moritz combined for three hits, three walks, four runs scored, four stolen bases and two RBI. Their lines were nearly identical. Dean was 1-3 with two walks, two steals, two runs and an RBI. Moritz was 2-3 with one walk, two steals, two runs and an RBI.
The BlueClaws scored an unearned run off Rome reliever LHP Dilmer Mejia but were mostly put down with ease by the Nicaraguan southpaw. Mejia retired the first 10 batters he faced in the game. He received the win for 4.1 innings of work, allowing one unearned run with five strikeouts and no walks. Noguera pitched 4.2 innings and gave up two runs, both earned, on five hits. He walked five and struck out two but managed to work his way out of jams in almost every inning.
Harris finished 1-4 with four RBI and a hit by pitch. Jose Bermudez was 2-4 with a run scored. Logan Brown went 1-4 with a double and a walk.
Rome and Lakewood continue their four game series on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 pm from FirstEnergy Park. Rome will start RHP Jose Olague (1-3, 5.12) while Lakewood will send RHP Victor Santos (2-1, 3.43) to the mound.
Rome (11-16): 6 R 9 H 1 E
Lakewood (9-19): 3 R 6 H 2 E
W: Dilmer Mejia (3-0)
L: Robinson Martinez (0-2)
Next: At Lakewood tonight through Monday. Game times: 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, will host Northside next on Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.
Class 2A: Rockmart advances after beating Elbert County, 10-6 on Friday. Will host Harlem in quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Class A: Trion out after losing 8-2 to Clinch County on Friday.
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 2A: Pepperell beat Social Circle, 4-0 to advance. Will play at Vidalia in quarterfinals.
Class 5A: Rome plays Whitewater next.
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 continues today at Barron Stadium. Events start at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday due to weather. 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.