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Rome Braves pound Fireflies 11-0 on Sunday; double header set for tonight at Columbia. Media release: The Rome Braves evened their series with the Columbia Fireflies with a dominating performance on Sunday afternoon, shutting out the Fireflies 11-0 at Segra Park.
Rome paired a banner day for their offense with the best starting pitching effort of the season from RHP Odalvi Javier who got the win after twirling 6 scoreless frames. At the center of the lineup’s production was a familiar name and the league’s leading hitter, outfielder Trey Harris.
The Braves got things going with a pair of two out RBI hits from Justin Dean and Andrew Moritz in the 3rd inning, taking a 2-0 lead on the Fireflies. They created significant separation during a four run 4th inning thanks to a relentless five-hit attack. Harris opened the inning with a single. Logan Brown followed with a hit and Griffin Benson brought in Harris on an RBI groundout. Catcher Ricardo Rodriguez drove a pitch to right to score Brown and then came in on a Braulio Vasquez triple to center. Ariel Montesino got in on the fun with an RBI single of his own to make it 6-0 Braves.
Rome also benefitted from some sloppy Columbia defense. They got an unearned run in the 5th inning on a Benson triple to dead-center, scoring Brown who had reached on a throwing error. In the 8th inning the Braves pushed across four more runs, three of them unearned, on the Columbia bullpen. Dean added an RBI single in the 8th and Harris ripped a two run double to right-center to give the Braves an 11-0 lead and their most lopsided win of the season.
The 11 runs are a season-high, besting the 10 they scored on Friday against the Greenville Drive.
Harris went 3-5 with a double and two RBI. He’s leading the South Atlantic League in batting with a .378 average. Dean finished 2-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Rodriguez was 2-4 with a double, a walk, three runs scored and an RBI. Javier threw 6 shutout innings, allowing only two hits. He walked two and struck out six. Reliever LHP Dilmer Mejia pitched three scoreless innings in relief to grab his first save of the year.
Rome and Columbia will conclude their four game series with a doubleheader on Monday evening. Game 1 will begin at 5:35 pm at Segra Park and Game 2 will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1. Both contests will be 7 innings in length. Rome will start RHP’s Alan Rangel (2-1, 6.00) and William Woods (debut). Columbia will start RHP’s Jose Butto (0-4, 4.88) and Alec Kisena (0-1, 3.52).
Rome Braves (16-19): 11 R 13 H 0 E
Columbia Fireflies (11-24): 0 R 3 H 2 E
W: Odalvi Javier (1-2)
L: Simeon Woods-Richardson (0-5)
S: Dilmer Mejia (1)
Next: At Columbia: Double header at 5:35 p.m. and game two starting 30 minutes after conclusion of game one.
Home stand: The Braves open a seven-game home series Tuesday night vs. Asheville; Columbia in town May 17-20.
Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive /
Star Wars Night at the Rome Braves, sponsored by Harbin Clinic, is set for Saturday. 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: 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.
- 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.
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.