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Rome Braves swept in Monday doubleheader, 2-1 and 6-1. Media release: Columbia swept a doubleheader against the Rome Braves on Monday evening, winning 2-1 and 6-1 at Segra Park. The victories gave Columbia the series win and continued a trend of the Fireflies having an upper hand this season against their Southern Division rival.
After scoring 11 runs in a shutout win on Sunday the Braves bats cooled off during Monday’s action. Rome got a solid pair of starts from RHP’s Alan Rangel and Victor Vodnik but could not find the key hits with runners in scoring position to back them up.
In Game 1 Rome took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single from Greg Cullen in the 3rd inning. Rangel was cruising until the 5th when an unearned run came across after a dropped pop-up had extended the frame. Columbia shortstop Ronny Mauricio drove a triple off the wall in right to tie the game 1-1. Rome got runners into scoring position in the 5th and 6th innings but was unable to cash in. Columbia walked it off in the Bottom of the 7th on a bases-loaded single by Brian Sharp into deep left field.
Rangel took the tough luck loss but pitched admirably. The Mexican right-hander went 6.1 innings and allowed two runs, just one earned, on seven hits. He struck out five. The only walk he issued was intentional.
Game 2 played out in similar fashion for the Braves offense with plenty of opportunities for rallies but run-scoring hits proving to be elusive. Trailing Columbia 1-0 in the 5th inning the Braves got their best opportunity of the game. Ariel Montesino led off with a triple and later scored on a Justin Dean sacrifice fly into right field. The next three Rome hitters all reached base as Ricardo Rodriguez doubled, Cullen walked and Trey Harris singled. The rally fizzled after a bases-loaded strikeout.
Columbia broke the 1-1 tie in the Bottom of the 5th on a three run homer off the bat of Brian Sharp. The Fireflies then capped the scoring on a two run shot out to left by Gerson Molina in the 6th inning. Rome outhit Columbia eight to seven in Game 2 but finished 1-9 with runners in scoring position.
Columbia has won seven of nine games head-to-head against Rome so far this season, including winning five of six played at Segra Park.
Cullen hit safely in both games of the doubleheader and finished a combined 2-6 with a walk and an RBI. Harris went hitless in Game 1 but was 3-3 in Game 2 and lifted his season average to .384. Vodnik threw 3 shutout innings in Game 2, allowing two hits and no walks with three strikeouts. Reliever RHP William Woods took the loss in his Rome debut for allowing the go-ahead homer to Sharp.
Rome finished the series dropping three of four to Columbia and now heads home to open a week-long homestand at State Mutual Stadium starting Tuesday evening versus Asheville. First pitch is scheduled for 7 pm.
Rome Braves (16-20): 1 R 4 H 1 E
Columbia Fireflies (12-24): 2 R 7 H 1 E
W: Andrew Mitchell (1-0)
L: Alan Rangel (2-2)
Rome Braves (16-21): 1 R 8 H 2 E
Columbia Fireflies (13-24): 6 R 7 H 3 E
W: Jose Moreno (2-0)
L: William Woods (0-1)
S: Tylor Megill (1)
Next: The Braves open a seven-game home series tonight 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. The championship games will be held in Macon at Luther Williams Field on May 20-22. 2A series is at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 20; game three would be Wednesday, May 22, if needed; 4 or 7:30 p.m.
- State Mutual Stadium to host Class 4A and Class 6A high school baseball finals. Dates: May 21-23. Games at 5:30 and 7 p.m. May 21 and 22; 4 and 7:30 p.m. May 23 if needed.
- Georgia High School Association State Soccer Tournament: Girls, 2A: Vidalia 2, Model 1. Model’s season ends.
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
Darlington junior Tate Ratledge (offensive line) has committed to play for Georgia after graduation. He had been weighing UGA vs. Tennessee and announced his choice on Monday.
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.