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The young right-hander from Monterrey, Mexico was brilliant on Saturday, firing 7 innings and allowing only one run while throwing 105 pitches. He recorded four strikeouts and did not issue a single walk. It was the longest outing by a Rome pitcher this season and certainly one of the finest.
For much of the afternoon Olague found himself embroiled in a pitcher’s duel with Lakewood starter RHP Victor Santos, who retired the first 10 Rome hitters he faced. In a scoreless tie 0-0 in the 4th inning Lakewood outfielder Ben Pelletier pulled a solo homer over the fence in left, giving the Claws the 1-0 lead and briefly riling up the 5,000 in attendance at FirstEnergy Park.
After getting to Santos for nothing more than a bunt-single in the first 4 innings the Rome bats broke through in a game-altering rally in the 5th. Trey Harris leadoff the frame and was hit by a pitch. He moved to third base on a one out double by Griffin Benson. With two in scoring position Brendan Venter ripped a double off the left field wall to give the Rome Braves a 2-1 lead. It was the only offense they’d get on Saturday, but it was all they’d need.
Olague came out after 7 rock solid innings. Rome turned to RHP reliever Luis Mora in the 8th and he retired the side in order, recording two strikeouts. Rome got another save from RHP Lukas Young in the 9th inning. Despite allowing an infield single and a walk, Young sealed the victory and gave the Braves a three game winning streak. That ties Rome’s longest streak of the season, when they also won three in a row from April 24th-26th.
Venter went 1-3 with a double, two RBI and a walk. Benson was 1-3 with a double, walk and a run scored. Harris was 0-2 with a walk, hit by pitch and a run scored. Justin Dean went 1-4 with a single and a stolen base.
Rome and Lakewood continue their four game series on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm from FirstEnergy Park. Rome will start RHP Trey Riley (0-4, 6.35) while Lakewood will send LHP Manuel Silva (0-0, 0.00) to the mound.
Rome (12-16): 2 R 5 H 0 E
Lakewood (9-20): 1 R 5 H 0 E
W: Jose Olague (2-3)
L: Victor Santos (2-2)
S: Lukas Young (4)
Next: At Lakewood today through Monday. Game times: 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. Championships will be May 21-23.
Class 4A: Cartersville will host Northside on Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.
Class 2A: Rockmart will host Harlem in quarterfinals on Wednesday.
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, 2A: Model will host Harlem-Toombs County on Tuesday, 5 p.m.
Class 2A: Pepperell will play at Vidalia in quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Class 5A: Rome plays Whitewater on Wednesday.
Georgia High School Association State Tennis Tournament: Brackets for each class are now included; just click ‘Class 2A’ or other classifications. The boys matches were rained out on Saturday at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry. Schedule
Boys Class 2A: Rockmart will host Early County on Monday for the Class 2A State Championship, 1 p.m.
Baseball: Shorter Hawks vs. Montevallo.
Gulf South Conference Track & Field Championships at Barron Stadium. GSC
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.