Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves edge Greenville, 4-3; rematch today at 10:30 a.m. High school: Baseball, boy’s soccer updates. Darlington’s Tillery signs with Sewanee, Wilcox at Berry; Ratledge to commit Monday (on TV).  Latest soccer updates.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves edge Greenville, 4-3; rematch today at 10:30 a.m. High school: Baseball, boy’s soccer updates. Darlington’s Tillery signs with Sewanee, Wilcox at Berry; Ratledge to commit Monday (on TV). Latest soccer updates.

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.


Darlington’s Clayton Tillery will continue his Education, Track and High Jump Career at Sewanee (The University of the South). That’s Clayton, second from the left in the front row, surrounded by his parents, Ann Marie, left, and Scotty, right, as well as his coaches.

Darlington’s Roth Wilcox (second from the left, first row) signs to compete in track and field at Berry College.

Darlington football star Tate Ratledge to announce his commitment Monday: Fox 5 Atlanta will be on campus (upper school library) during their Good Day Atlanta show in the 9 a.m. hour.

Georgia High School Association Track & Field State Championships this weekend; Berry hosts 7A, 2A and A private. School-by-school list of who’s competing. John McCellan


‘Yer out!’ Out at the plate courtesy of Rome Braves catcher Ricardo Rodriguez. Photo by Mills Fitzner.


Todd Wheeler, interim director of Rome Floyd Parks and Rec, tosses the ceremonial first pitch Wednesday night. It was parks and rec night at State Mutual Stadium. Photo by Mills Fitzner.

Rome Braves edge Greenville 4-3 in series opener; rematch today at 10:30 a.m. Media release: The Braves played their first home game in 10 days on Wednesday evening and were able to complete a come-from-behind win 4-3 against the visiting Greenville Drive. Trey Harris once again was integral in his club’s success, tying the game in the 5th inning on a two run single and possibly saving it in the 9th on a diving catch in right-center field to preserve the narrow margin.


Braves starter RHP Alan Rangel got the baseball and wasn’t at his best, but battled through to give his team a chance. Despite struggling with command, Rangel managed to strand three in the 1st inning, allowing only one run to score. The leadoff man reached base against him in every inning but one. The Mexican right-hander surrendered a two run triple to Drive slugger Jordan Wren in the 3rd which gave Greenville a 3-1 lead. Further damage was prevented as second baseman Greg Cullen cut down Wren at the plate on a fielder’s choice and Ricardo Rodriguez later caught a runner on an attempted steal. Rangel scattered seven hits and departed after 5 innings with Rome trialing by a pair of runs.

They didn’t trail for long.

Showing uncommon patience at the plate, the first five Rome hitters all reached base in the 5th inning, three of them on walks. With the bases loaded and nobody out Harris ripped a single up the middle off Drive LHP reliever Angel Padron, tying the game 3-3. Logan Brown followed with a walk to again load up the bags. Griffin Benson hit a sharp ball to second which turned into a 4-6-3 double play, quelling the rally but allowing the go-ahead run to score and giving Rome a 4-3 advantage that the bullpen would ultimately hold.

Rome RHP Victor Vodnik threw 3 scoreless innings, striking out four and allowing only one hit. Closer RHP Lukas Young then entered for an eventful 9th inning. With runners at first and second and one out Greenville’s Cole Brannen shot a line drive into right-center. Harris gave chase and made a full-extension diving catch to take away the potential game-tying hit. Young induced a groundout from the next batter and Rome had its victory. The save was Young’s fifth of the season.

Benson finished the night going 2-4 with two doubles. Dean was 0-1 with three walks and a run scored. Andrew Moritz was 2-4 with a double. Cullen had another solid night at the plate, going 1-2 with two walks and a run scored. Harris was 1-4 with two RBI. Rangel pitched 5 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He walked three and did not record a strikeout.

The Braves and Drive continue their three game series on Thursday morning in an Education Day game at State Mutual Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 10:30 am. Rome will start LHP Gabriel Noguera (0-1, 5.63) while Greenville will counter with RHP Thaddeus Ward (1-2, 3.60).

Rome Braves (14-17):             4 R         8 H    0 E

Greenville Drive (12-19):        3 R       10 H    0 E

W: Alan Rangel (2-1)

L: Angel Padron (1-2)

S: Lukas Young (5)

Time: 2:50

Attendance: 2,234

Next:   At home vs. Greenville at 10:35 this morning;  Friday at 7 p.m.

Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive / Photos from Wednesday’s game.

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

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. Championships will be May 21-23.

Class 4A: Cartersville vs. Northside.

Game 1: Northside 3, Cartersville 1.

Game 2: Northside 4, Cartersville 2.

Cartersville’s season ends.

Game 2:

Class 2ARockmart vs. Harlem.

Game 1: Harlem 8, Rockmart 5.

Game 2: Rockmart 5, Harlem 0.

Game 3: Today. Winner plays Callaway next.

State Mutual Stadium to be one venue for the GHSA State Baseball Tournament on May 21-23.

SOCCER/high school

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 hosts Vidalia on May 14. The other side of the bracket features Bremen vs. St. Vincent’s.


Class 2A: Pepperell falls to Vidalia, 4-1.

Class 5A: Rome loses on penalty kicks to Whitewater (2-2).


The YMCA Arsenal Rome Select soccer teams blew the opposition away this past weekend with 7 wins to build a 25-4-3 overall record for the spring season.

  • The Boys 2006 III Green clinched 1stplace from MAYS Buckhead Blue with a competitive 2-1 victory off a goal and assist from Alexis Valencia and the other from Grayson Perry. The team will be promoted to Classic II next fall. They then beat 6thplace SSA Chelsea Yellow 14-2 with 8 different goal scorers: Brodie Massengill (and an assist), Arturo Rubio (assist), Will Ferguson, Grayson Perry (2), Mateo Trujillo (2, assist Jacob Dupree), Yaser Samha (2), Jaden Wood (3), Alexis Valencia (2, assist Wyatt Patterson). Their undefeated 9-0 record clinches 1stplace with 2 games left against 11thplace UFA Norcross and 10thplace Concorde Fire Central Red.
  • The G’06 clinched 2nd place in Athena C West this weekend. They posted 3 wins by beating the 4thplace Lightning in Atlanta Friday 2-0 with 1 sub, 7thplace Inter Atlanta Excel Saturday 2-0 with no subs, and 8thplace Cherokee Impact on Sunday 5-1 with 2 subs. It was an incredible weekend for the girls playing in multiple positions. Their 7 win, 2 tie record earns Arsenal possible promotion to Athena B in the fall. They travel to Columbus Saturday for a showdown with undefeated, 1stplace Red Star.
  • The B’05 I tied 1-1 with UFA Forsyth in Cumming. With intense Arsenal pressure at the net, the UFA keeper deflected Joseph Hall’s header off the post to be cleared by a UFA defender away from the net directly to Steven Villatoro, who scored the important goal. Keeper Jason Cux had 6 saves in the first half. Will Payne had 3 in the second. The team will close its spring season Saturday at home against 1stplace Alianza. Their 5-4-1 record puts them in 5th place. Villatoro is in 4thplace in Classic I for goals with 7.
  • The 1stplace B’04 Blue beat 6thplace GA Express Elite 3-2 on Saturday and 3rdplace MAYS Striker Blue 1-0 on Sunday to improve to 7-0. They close out their season Saturday in a showdown against 2ndplace GA Rush Azul at 5pm at Grizzard Park.
  • Compiled by Roy Dickinson


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 at or by calling Bartleson at 706-290-0764.

Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation announces that registration for the Youth Summer Basketball program ends May 13.  Boys and girls who are 8-13 years of age as of September 1, 2019 may register for this 4-week program for a fee of $90. Teams will be selected by player draft. Player evaluations are scheduled for May 15. After these, the coaches will use player draft to form teams of balanced skills and ability levels. Pre-season practices begin on Monday, May 20 (players must be registered to practice) and are limited to three per week and no longer than 75 minutes.  The season runs from June 3 through July 12 (no games the week of Independence Day). RFPRA is always in need of volunteer coaches and referees.  If interested, contact Rick Haase at or call 706.252.1337.  For more information or to register for our summer youth programs online, visit


The Sixth Annual Coach K Football Camps Inc. Youth Football Camp will take place at Berry College on Tuesday, May 28-Friday, May 31 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Williams Field at Valhalla. This is a noncontact football camp for 7-12 year olds. Please register on-line at The cost is $110 and includes a camp T-shirt. Further questions please call 706-236-2290 or email — Tony Kunczewski, Head Football Coach, Berry College

The Atlanta Falcons will open the 2019 preseason in the Hall of Fame Game against the Denver Broncos on Aug. 1 at 8 p.m.

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