Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Spring football continues as Rome travels to East Paulding; Armuchee at home. Rome Braves open four-game set with Columbia; sweep Asheville. New coaches at Darlington. Model alum hits key dinger for Georgia Gwinnett. Berry athletes honored.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Spring football continues as Rome travels to East Paulding; Armuchee at home. Rome Braves open four-game set with Columbia; sweep Asheville. New coaches at Darlington. Model alum hits key dinger for Georgia Gwinnett. Berry athletes honored.

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

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


HEADLINE

Brody Wofford

Blue Devil alum hits key dinger: Model High graduate Brody Wofford, now a senior at Georgia Gwinnett College, sent the first pitch in the top of the ninth inning over the right field fence to cap a late-inning rally that sent the GGC baseball team to the NAIA World Series with a 2-1 victory Wednesday against Georgetown College (Ky.). GGC (46-11) trailed 1-0 after seven innings before scoring a single run in the eighth and ninth innings to capture the Lawrenceville Bracket of the NAIA Opening Round at the Grizzly Baseball Complex. “I figured I would be more aggressive early in the count,” Wofford said. “I hit a double off the wall in right (field) on a breaking ball earlier in the game. I thought that they were going to throw me a fastball. He left it over the plate and I hit the mistake.”   The top-seeded Grizzlies will be making their third appearance to the World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, including back-to-back trips. The 2019 NAIA World Series begins on May 24 in Lewiston, Idaho. GGC’s 2018 team reached the semifinal round of the 10-team double-elimination tournament.

Darlington announces new head coaches for cross country, swimming, and softball for the 2019-2020 school year. Bradley Pierson (‘05, LD ‘19) will serve as head coach of cross country; former UGA softball standout and Darlington alum Anna Swafford (‘11) will serve as head softball coach, assistant track coach, and strength and speed assistant; and recent Berry College graduate and collegiate swimmer Leigh Hadaway will serve as head swim coach. Click Darlington

Seger earns NFCA Softball All-Region Recognition. Release — Berry College’s Katlin Seger earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region second-team honors, the organization announced on Wednesday.

Hammond earns WGCA Division III All-Region Honors. Vikings — Berry College’s Karley Hammond earned recognition on the Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-Region list, the organization announced on Wednesday.


BASEBALL

Bad call: Derian Cruz is called out–but is he? The ball is still outside the glove as the Rome Braves stomps on the base. Photo by Mills Fitzner.

Rome Braves win 10-5, complete first three-game sweep of the season.  Media release: The Rome Braves completed their first sweep of the 2019 season on Thursday evening with a 10-5 triumph over the visiting Asheville Tourists.

After falling behind 2-0 early the Rome offense began to attack Asheville starter LHP Alfredo Garcia in the 2nd inning. Outfielder Jose Bermudez brought in Griffin Benson with a two out infield single to bring Rome with a run. In the 3rd inning the Braves took the lead for good. Greg Cullen and Trey Harris opened the frame with consecutive singles. Logan Brown ripped an opposite-field triple into the left center gap to put the Braves in front. Brown later scored in the inning on single by Derian Cruz, making it 4-2 Braves.

Rome added three more runs in a 5th inning rally, ignited by a leadoff triple from Benson into right field. Cruz scored him on a sacrifice fly. Bermudez reached on a walk and Justin Dean followed with a single. Both scored on the same play as a wild pitch turned into an error, staking the Braves to a 7-2 advantage.

Asheville would not go quietly. The Tourists used a pair of walks to help chase starter RHP Trey Riley from the game. Reliever RHP Matt Hartman entered in his Rome debut and inherited the tying run on base. He would escape the jam with a strikeout and a lineout to preserve Rome’s lead at 7-5.

The Braves pushed back with two runs in the 7th inning. Dean drove a triple to center field, scoring Cruz. Ricardo Rodriguez then brought Dean home on a sacrifice fly. The Braves got their final run in the 8th inning when Harris reached on an error and later scored on a wild pitch.

The 16 hit assault is a new season-high for the Braves, surpassing the previous mark of 14 from Opening Day on April 4th in Kannapolis. The three triples was also a season-best total.

Rome hitters collected 38 hits in 24 innings of at-bats during the three game series against the Asheville pitching staff.

All nine players in the lineup Thursday finished with at least one hit and six of them enjoyed multi-hit games. Cullen went 3-5, Dean 2-4 with a triple, Benson 2-5 with a triple, Cruz 2-3, Harris 2-5, and Brown 2-5 with a double and a triple. Riley got the win, going 5.1 innings and allowing five runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out two. Hartman was excellent in his debut and earned the save for pitching 3.2 scoreless innings in relief. He struck out six and walked only one while allowing two hits.

Rome continues their homestand on Friday and welcomes the Columbia Fireflies to State Mutual Stadium to open a four game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7 pm. Rome will start RHP Odalvi Javier (1-2, 5.04).

Rome Braves (19-21):             10 R        16 H     0 E

Asheville Tourists (14-25):      5 R           9 H     2 E

W: Trey Riley (2-5)

L: Alfredo Garcia (0-4)

S: Matt Hartman (1)

Time: 2:56

Attendance: 1,554

Team of the night: Model Wild Devils 5 & 6 year olds. Photo by Mills Fitzner. Additional photos: Click here.

 

Next:   Columbia in town through Monday. Game times: 7 tonight, 6 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday.

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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HIGH SCHOOL/baseball

Georgia High School Association State Baseball Tournament: Class 2A:

Rockmart’s furious comeback punches ticket to state 2A baseball championship round. Rockmart will play Jeff Davis. The championship games will be held in Macon at Luther Williams Field on Monday-Wednesday. 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. Admission: $13.

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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