Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves get 5-1 home win over Asheville; rematch today at 10:30 a.m. Rockmart hosts deciding game 3 in chase for 2A baseball title. Mathis named athletics director at Georgia Highlands.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves get 5-1 home win over Asheville; rematch today at 10:30 a.m. Rockmart hosts deciding game 3 in chase for 2A baseball title. Mathis named athletics director at Georgia Highlands.

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.

HEADLINES

David Mathis in photo from Georgia Highlands.

David Mathis named athletics director at Georgia Highlands; JJ Merritt is new men’s basketball coach. Mathis 

The Rocket City Trash Pandas announced that Josh Caray will be the radio ‘voice’ of the Trash Pandas when they start to play in Madison in April of 2020. Josh Caray is the grandson of legend baseball broadcaster Harry Caray, son of Atlanta Braves radio and TV announcer Skip Caray and brother of current Braves TV announcer Chip Caray. Josh Caray spent several seasons doing play-by-play for the Rome Braves. Rocket City is a double A affiliate of the Los Angeles AngelsTrash Pandas


BASEBALL

Brendan Venter takes a swing during Tuesday’s Rome Braves’ win over Asheville at State Mutual Stadium. Photo by Mills Fitzner.

Rome Braves open home stand with 5-1 win over Asheville Media release:The Rome Braves knocked off the Asheville Tourists 5-1 in one of their finest efforts of the season on Tuesday at State Mutual Stadium. Rome pitching did not walk a batter. No errors were committed. The Braves lineup compiled five runs and came through in the clutch. It was a crisply played, well-rounded victory to open the series and homestand.

The Braves were playing division rival Asheville for the first time this season and greeted the visitors with an early run in 1st inning. Justin Dean ripped a double into center to open the frame and ended up scoring on a wild pitch. Asheville tied it up 1-1 in the 3rd on a delayed double-steal. The Rome rally that followed in the Bottom of the 3rd inning would put the Braves out front for good.

With Dean again proving to be the catalyst for the offense, the Braves opened the 3rd with five consecutive singles including RBI knocks from Greg Cullen and Trey Harris. Griffin Benson provided an RBI groundout to complete the rally and Rome took a 4-1 advantage. They added another tally in the 6th inning on an RBI double into right field from Ricardo Rodriguez which scored Benson.

While the bats enjoyed a solid evening at the ballpark, the pitching was dominant for Rome. LHP starter Gabriel Noguera turned in his finest performance to date, earning the win for firing 6 innings and allowing only one run on three hits. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Relievers RHP Luis Mora and LHP Tanner Lawson provided a combined 3 shutout innings with four strikeouts and no walks.

The Rome pitching staff faced only three hitters over the minimum despite going up against one of the South Atlantic League’s best offenses.

Tuesday’s game is the first of 22 meetings this season between Rome and Asheville.

Cullen finished 2-4 with a triple, RBI and a run scored. Benson was 2-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Dean went 2-4 with a double and scored twice. Rodriguez continued his recent offensive surge with a 2-4 evening, complete with a double and an RBI. Andrew Moritz was 1-3 and was also hit by a pitch. Rome compiled 11 hits and finished 4-16 with runners in scoring position.

Rome and Asheville continue their three game series with an Education Day at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday from State Mutual Stadium. Rome will start RHP Jose Olague (3-3, 4.02) while Asheville will counter with LHP Colten Schmidt (0-1, 3.00).

Rome Braves (17-21):             5 R          11 H     0 E

Asheville Tourists (14-23):      1 R          4 H     0 E

W: Gabriel Noguera (1-1)

L: Shelby Lackey (1-4)

Time: 2:26

Attendance: 1,759

Team of the Night: The Armuchee Indians. Photo by Mills Fitzner.

Next:   10:30 this morning vs. Asheville, 7 p.m. Thursday; Columbia in town May 17-20.

Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive / Photos from Tuesday’s game.

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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HIGH SCHOOL/baseball

  • Georgia High School Association State Baseball Tournament: Class 2A:
  • Game one: Callaway 5, Rockmart 4
  • Game two: Rockmart 4, Callaway 0.
  • Game three at 5 this evening. Winner will play the winner of Bleckley County and Jeff Davis, who also have a Wednesday Game 3.
  • 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.

COMMUNITY

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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