Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves fall 6-2 at Greenville in weather-shortened game. Two Model athletes win Vincent J. Dooley Award. High school soccer, baseball and track updates.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves fall 6-2 at Greenville in weather-shortened game. Two Model athletes win Vincent J. Dooley Award. High school soccer, baseball and track 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.

 

SPORTS HEADLINES

From Model High: Libby Upton and Ty Brock are our recipients of the Vincent J. Dooley Award, presented by Athletes for a Better World. Recipients display distinguished character, outstanding teamwork,  and citizenship. Libby was also selected as a scholarship finalist.

BASEBALL

Two new K Club members: Charlie and Aaron Westrip join Ernie Studard at State Mutual Stadium. (photo from Ernie Studard)

Rome Braves lose 6-2 in rain-shortened game at Columbia after six inning.  Media release: Severe weather cut short the opening game of the Rome Braves series at Segra Park against the Columbia Fireflies on Saturday night, forcing Rome to take a 6-2 loss after only 6 innings.

Columbia lead throughout the night and took an early advantage in the 1st inning. Rome starting pitcher RHP Trey Riley experienced some control issues from the outset, walking the first three hitters he faced. He escaped the frame allowing only one run but ran into more command troubles in the 3rd inning. With one out Columbia loaded the bases on a walk, single and hit batter. Riley plunked Gerson Molina to bring in a run. The next batter, Chandler Avant, cleared the bags with a three run double and pushed the Fireflies in front 5-0.

The Braves got a run back in the 4th inning when Greg Cullen ripped a double into the left center gap and later scored on an RBI single by Trey Harris. Molina hit a solo homer in the 5th inning off Rome reliever LHP Jake Higginbotham. The Braves concluded the scoring in the 6th when Andrew Moritz doubled to deep left and eventually crossed the plate on a wild pitch.

Trailing 6-2, the Braves never got the chance to make up further ground as thunderstorms arrived and the tarp went on. Following a 45 minute delay the umpires called the game after 6 innings. Riley got the loss, going 3 innings, giving up five runs on three hits. He walked five, hit two batters and struck out two. Harris was 1-2 with an RBI and walk. Cullen and Moritz both went 1-3 with a double and a run scored.

The originally scheduled doubleheader for Sunday has been postponed to Monday due to the severe weather threat. Only one game will be played on Sunday and it will start at 2:05 pm at Segra Park. Rome will start RHP Odalvi Javier (0-2, 6.29) while Columbia will put RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson (0-4, 5.40) on the mound.

Rome Braves (15-19):              2 R         3 H    0 E

Columbia Fireflies (11-23):     6 R         5 H    1 E

W: Christian James (1-4)

L: Trey Riley (1-5)

Time: 1:50 (:45 rain delay)

Attendance: 4,288

Next:   At Columbia: Today at 2:05 p.m., double header on Monday at 5:35 p.m. and game two starting 30 minutes after conclusion of game one.

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.

Atlanta Braves: Latest updates @ Atlanta


HIGH SCHOOL/baseball

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


SOCCER/high school

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

Latest results from Berry College and other venues. GHSA


COMMUNITY

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 haaser@floydcountyga.org 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 football@berry.edu. — Tony Kunczewski, Head Football Coach, Berry College


FOOTBALL

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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