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Rome Braves fall 6-4 to Greenville in midday game; rematch tonight. Media release: Despite a lack of success against left-handed pitching so far this season, the Greenville bats came alive against the Rome southpaws in an early game on Thursday at State Mutual Stadium. The Drive used a trio of homeruns to defeat Rome 6-4, evening the three game series at one game apiece.
Hosting an Education Day and approximately 3,700 fans, the Braves found themselves in the hole in short order. Rome starting pitcher LHP Gabriel Noguera surrendered a long two-run homer to Drive first baseman Triston Casas in the 1st inning, then allowed a solo shot to catcher Alan Marrero in the 2nd.
Behind 3-0 early the Braves rallied for a pair of runs in the Bottom of the 2nd inning. Leading hitter Trey Harris was again the catalyst for the Rome offense. He opened the 3rd with a single and later scored on an RBI single by Griffin Benson. The Braves added another on an RBI groundout by Ariel Montesino, pulling within a run at 3-2.
The Braves took their only lead of the day in the 6th inning as Harris struck again, this time providing the team’s only extra-base hit of the afternoon. With Greg Cullen at first, Harris launched a fly ball to left for his fourth homerun of the season and increasing his team-leading RBI total to 23. Rome went up 4-3 but would experience a rare bullpen rupture in the late frames.
Coming back out for a second inning of work, reliever RHP Luis Mora walked the first two hitters he faced in the 7th. He was replaced by LHP Tanner Lawson who eventually had to endure a bases-loaded and two outs situation. Casas, the Greenville cleanup hitter, stepped into the box and delivered an opposite field shot into left to score two and put the Drive back in the lead. It proved to be the game-winning hit and tagged Lawson with the loss. Greenville added a final tally on a solo homer from Brandon Howlett in the 8th inning, making it 6-4.
The Braves were unable to mount a rally and were held to only four hits on Thursday. Three of those knocks were off the bat of Harris, who’s now hitting .376 this season. Noguera went 5 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out four.
Harris finished 3-3 with a homerun, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored. Benson was 1-4 with an RBI. Cullen was 0-1 but had a walk and was hit by a pitch on two occasions. He also scored a run.
The Braves and Drive conclude their three game series on Friday evening at State Mutual Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 pm. Rome will start RHP Jose Olague (2-3, 4.10) while Greenville will counter with RHP Yasel Santana (0-2, 6.48). Friday’s match-up will be the 10th and final game between Rome and Greenville in the 1st half of the season. It’s also Greenville’s final game at State Mutual Stadium in 2019.
Rome Braves (14-18): 4 R 4 H 2 E
Greenville Drive (13-19): 6 R 8 H 2 E
W: Thaddeus Ward (2-2)
L: Tanner Lawson (0-2)
S: Logan Browning (1)
Next: At home vs. Greenville tonight at 7 p.m. Next at Columbia: 6:35 p.m. Saturday, double header beginning at noon Sunday, 7:05 p.m. Monday.
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 2A: Rockmart vs. Harlem.
Game 1: Harlem 8, Rockmart 5.
Game 2: Rockmart 5, Harlem 0.
Game 3: Rockmart wins, 7-1, will face Callaway on Tuesday in the 2A final four.
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 hosts Vidalia on May 14. The other side of the bracket features Bremen vs. St. Vincent’s.
TRACK & FIELD
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 / Latest results from Berry College and other venues. GHSA
After Day 1 of GHSA Track & Field Rome leads the Girls Team Score in Class 5A with 19 points. Jah’lia Evans was state champion in the triple jump. Chloe Tifton was fourth in the pole vault. Renauzay Jackson was fifth in the long jump.
Model was second in Class 2A girls with 10 points. Ellie Getchell won her second straight championship in the pole vault.
Cade Maynor of Pepperell won the Boys Wheelchair Shot Put and set a new state record in the event.
Shorter University Men’s Track & Field receives Gulf South Conference honors. Elliott Cummings was named 2019 GSC Freshman of the Year.
Cummings a native of Lawrenceville, GA, had a standout freshman season. He put up his best times in the 100 meters and 200 meters in his final two regular season tournaments. Cummings finished 1st in the 100 meters at the Don McGarey Invitational with his best time of 10.24 and he placed 4th in the 200 meters at the GSC Track & Field Championships with his best time of 21.33.
At the GSC Track & Field Championships, Cummings also placed 1st in the 100 meters with a time of 10.62 and placed 3rd in the 4×100 with a time of 41.67.
Cummings is currently ranked #2 in the nation in NCAA II, in the 100 meter dash. He will be competing in the NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championship, May 23-25 in Kingsville, TX.
Today: The Exchange Club will hold its annual Jim Bishop Memorial Tee Off Against Child Abuse Golf Tournament 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.
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 email@example.com or call 706.252.1337. For more information or to register for our summer youth programs online, visit https://www.rfpra.com/basketball.
The Sixth Annual Coach K Football Camps Inc. Youth Football Camp will take place at Berry College on May 28-31 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 www.berryfootballcamps.com. The cost is $110 and includes a camp T-shirt. Further questions please call 706-236-2290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. — 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.