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Rome Braves top Greenville, 10-3, for another victory. Media release: The Rome Braves used their largest offensive output of the season to crush the Greenville Drive 10-3 on Friday at State Mutual Stadium. Rome scored seven runs within the first four innings, and then romped the rest of the way to dispatch their Southern division rival.
The Braves got the scoring started early against Drive starter RHP Yasel Santana on a sacrifice fly from Andrew Moritz in the 1st inning which brought in leadoff man justin Dean. They followed with an RBI single from Jose Bermudez in the 2nd inning. After Greenville rallied to tie the game up on starter RHP Jose Olague, Rome buried the Drive in a four run attack in the 3rd, highlighted by a two run single from Logan Brown and a two run double from Griffin Benson.
Rome kept the offense rolling with long, grinding at-bats against the Drive pitchers, wearing down the visiting staff. Braves hitters took eight walks in the game and twice Rome brought in runs on bases-loaded walks, once in the 6th inning and again in the 7th. Rome scored at least one run in 6 separate innings on Friday night. Greenville was forced to use five different pitchers across eight innings including turning to their shortstop Korby Batesole to pitch the 8th.
Olague got the win for the Braves, pitching 5 innings and allowing two runs on seven hits. He struck out one and walked one. Relievers RHP Jose Montilla and Kurt Hoekstra each went two innings in their appearances and neither surrendered an earned run. Hoekstra struck out four batters.
Dean had an outstanding game, going 2-3 with a triple, two walks, a stolen base and four runs scored. Brown was 2-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Moritz finished the night 1-3 with two RBI on sacrifice flies.
Friday’s tilt brought Rome a handful of milestones. The victory gives Rome consecutive series wins for the first time this year. The 10 runs scored is a season-high figure. At three hours and twenty minutes in length it was easily the longest game Rome has played this season.
The Braves now hit the road for a four game series in Columbia, South Carolina versus the Fireflies beginning Saturday evening at 6:05 pm. The Game 1 starter for Rome is RHP Trey Riley (1-4, 5.02). The two teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon starting at 12:05 pm and then conclude the series on Monday night. Rome returns home on Tuesday.
Rome Braves (15-18): 10 R 8 H 1 E
Greenville Drive (13-20): 3 R 10 H 3 E
W: Jose Olague (3-3)
L: Yasel Santana (0-3)
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: Championships will be May 21-23.
Class 2A: Rockmart faces Callaway on Tuesday in the 2A final four. Rockmart hosts the double header beginning at 4:30 p.m. Game three, if needed, would be at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
State Mutual Stadium to be one venue for the GHSA State Baseball Tournament on May 21-23. Details
Pairings in Georgia High School Association State Soccer Tournament:
Girls, 2A: Model hosts Vidalia on Tuesday. 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
Friday updates on local athletes:
- Class 5A Girls Triple Jump: 1st place- Jah’lia Evans, Rome
- Class 5A Girls Pole Vault: 4th place- Chole Tifton, Rome
- Class 5A Girls Long Jump: 5th place- Renauzay Jackson, Rome
- Class 2A Girls High Jump: 1st place- Megan Kent, Model; 4th place- Keyarah Berry, Rockmart
- Class 2A Girls Pole Vault: 1st place- Ellie Getchell
- Class 2A Boys Triple Jump: 1st place- Zoryan Hendricks, Rockmart; 4th place- Devin Price, Chattooga
- Class 2A Boys Wheelchair Shot Put: 1st place- Cade Maynor, Pepperell
- Class A Private Girls Discus: 1st place- Kacey Kemp, Darlington
- Class A Private Girls Pole Vault: 4th place- Zoe Rahn, Darlington
- Class A Private Boys Shot Put: 3rd place- Tate Ratledge, Darlington
Latest results from Berry College and other venues. GHSA
Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation announces that registration for the Youth Summer Basketball program ends Monday. 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.