Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves go for three-game sweep of visiting Asheville tonight. Rockmart vs. Jeff Davis in 2A state baseball championship. Darlington opens spring football schedule tonight; Rome and Armuchee on Friday. Updated community sports calendar.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves go for three-game sweep of visiting Asheville tonight. Rockmart vs. Jeff Davis in 2A state baseball championship. Darlington opens spring football schedule tonight; Rome and Armuchee on Friday. Updated community sports calendar.

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.

SPRING FOOTBALL

  • Thursday: Darlington is at Dalton, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Rome High travels to North Paulding High. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
  • Friday: Armuchee hosts Coahulla Creek, 7:30 p.m.


BASEBALL

The Rome Braves’ Justin Dean, Trey Harris and Andrew Moritz share a celebratory moment. Photo by Mills Fitzner.

 

Rome Braves get another 5-1 win over Asheville Wednesday afternoon.  Media release: Starting right hand pitcher Jose Olague spun 8 innings of shutout baseball for the Rome Braves on Wednesday, guiding his team to a 5-1 win and consecutive victories against the Asheville Tourists in front of nearly 4,000 fans at State Mutual Stadium.

Playing before an exuberant Education Day crowd the Braves once again performed at the top of their game in all facets. Their reward is the chance for their first sweep of the 2019 season on Thursday evening.

The game was deadlocked 0-0 in a pitcher’s duel until the 6th inning when Rome finally got to Asheville starter LHP Colten Schmidt. Andrew Moritz and Greg Cullen opened the frame with back-to-back singles. With runners at the corners and one out, Logan Brown singled through the right side to put Rome on the board. Griffin Benson followed with an RBI double down the right field line and Brendan Venter capped the inning with an opposite-field liner to bring in Benson. An additional run scored on an error.

Rome added their final run in the 7th inning when Harris drove in Justin Dean with a two out infield single, giving him 29 RBI on the year.

The cushion was more than enough for Olague who cruised throughout the majority of his outing. The native of Monterrey, Mexico was again superb and continued his strong month of May. Olague needed only 92 pitches to clear 8 innings. He allowed no runs and only two hits while striking out three and walking one. He retired the first 10 batters he faced in the game. It is the longest appearance by a Rome Braves pitcher this season, besting his own mark of 7 innings back on May 4th against Lakewood.

Asheville scored a run in the 9th inning off LHP reliever Jake Higginbotham to prevent the shutout. The Tourists rally included two singles and a walk.

The Rome pitching staff has allowed only two runs in the first two games of the series with 12 strikeouts and two walks. The defense has not committed an error in 18 innings of clean baseball.

Rome has now won three of its last four series dating back to May 3rd in Lakewood, New Jersey against the BlueClaws and have won 9 of their last 14 games overall.

Benson was 2-3 with a double, an RBI, a run scored and a walk. Harris went 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Moritz was 2-4 with a run scored. Brown was 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Rome and Asheville conclude their three game set on Thursday evening from State Mutual Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 pm. Rome will start RHP Trey Riley (1-5, 5.97) while Asheville will counter with LHP Alfredo Garcia (0-3, 9.30).

Rome Braves (18-21):             5 R          11 H     0 E

Asheville Tourists (14-24):      1 R          4 H     2 E

W: Jose Olague (4-3)

L: Colten Schmidt (0-2)

Time: 2:22

Attendance: 3,956

First pitch courtesy of Jarrad Coggin of Heard County. Photo by Mills Fitzner.

Next:   Tonight  vs. Asheville at 7. Columbia in town Friday through Monday. Game times: 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday.

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:

Rockmart’s furious comeback punches ticket to state 2A baseball championship round. The Yellow Jackets were down 5-2 in the sixth inning but scored five runs in the seventh to win it. Final score Rockmart 7, Callaway 5. Rockmart won two of the three-game series. Up next: Rockmart will play Jeff Davis.

The championship games will be held in Macon at Luther Williams Field on May 20-22. The 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. Who’s playing here:

  • 6A: Heritage of Conyers v Pope.
  • 4A: Northside of Columbus v Denmark.

COMMUNITY

Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation announces that registration for Youth Summer Basketball program has been extended to Friday, May 17. Boys and girls who are 8-13 years of age as of Sept. 1, 2019, may register for this four-week program for a fee of $90 until May 17 online and in-person. Volunteer coaches meetings have been scheduled to discuss team formation format possible changes. 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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