Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves come up short to Asheville, 4-3. Georgia Athletics Director Association Cup results for local high schools. Arsenal soccer update.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves come up short to Asheville, 4-3. Georgia Athletics Director Association Cup results for local high schools. Arsenal soccer update.

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.


Georgia Athletic Directors Association Cup for outstanding overall athletic programs in each classification in 2018-19. Standings

  • Class 5A: Rome at No. 10
  • Class 4A: Cartersville at No. 8
  • Class 3A: Calhoun at No. 5
  • Class 2A: Rockmart at No. 2
  • Class A: Trion at No. 8


Rome Braves come up short and drop another to Asheville, 4-3. Media release: The Rome Braves staged a furious 9th inning rally in their series finale against Asheville on Tuesday afternoon but could not complete their comeback in a 4-3 loss, sending the Tourists to their third straight win at State Mutual Stadium.

The Rome offense managed 12 hits but was largely held in check with runners in scoring position, going 3-14 in those spots and leaving 13 runners on base. The Braves had at least one base runner in every inning but scored in only 2 of 9 frames.

Asheville struck early against Rome starter RHP Alan Rangel, as leadoff man Terrin Vavra walked to open the game. He stole second base, and then scored on an infield hit to make it 1-0 Tourists.

The Braves answered with a run in the 2nd inning as the bottom of the order continued to produce. Ariel Montesino walked and moved up on a single by Jose Bermudez. Rome tied the score 1-1 on an RBI single by Carlos Paraguate.

Things stayed tight until a two out rally by Asheville in the 6th inning which chased Rangel from the game. The Tourists got four consecutive hits including two doubles to take a 4-1 lead.

Rome had many chances to score throughout the afternoon but finally broke through in the 9th inning against Tourists reliever RHP Boby Johnson. Andrew Moritz it a single into left and Greg Cullen followed with single into center. Hagen Owenby then fired a groundball to first and outran the pitcher to reach with an infield hit. With the bases loaded Griffin Benson dumped a double into left, scoring Moritz and Cullen and pulling Rome to within 4-3. The Braves got the winning run into scoring position with only one out but a grounder and a pop up ended the threat and gave Asheville a series victory.

Owenby had another multi-hit game, going 3-5 on the day. Derian Cruz was 2-5. Benson went 1-5 with a double and two RBI. Moritz was 1-3 with a walk and a stolen base. He also was hit by a pitch and scored a run. Rangel was tagged with the loss, going 5.2 innings and allowing four runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked two. Reliever LHP Jake Higginbotham was very good out of the bullpen, throwing 2.1 shutout innings. He gave up one hit and struck out three with no walks.

Rome will enjoy an off day on Wednesday and open a long road trip on Thursday in Hagerstown, Maryland against the Suns. Rome will play seven games over the course of eight days during the trip, starting in Hagerstown and ending in Columbia, South Carolina. First pitch in Game 1 from Hagerstown is scheduled for 7:05 pm Thursday evening.

Rome Braves (25-27):              3 R          12 H       0 E

Asheville Tourists (22-29):       4 R            8 H      2 E

W: Derrik Watson (2-1)

L: Alan Rangel (4-3)

S: Boby Johnson (1)

Time: 3:04

Attendance: 1,854

Next:  Off today. Thursday-Sunday at Hagerstown.

Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive

Atlanta Braves: Latest updates @ Atlanta


The Arsenal Boys U14/2005 Team. Left-right: Coach Williams, Joseph Hall, Maddox Pyle, Noah Weaver, Isaiah Johnson, Joshua Hernandez, Yejezkel Parada, CJ Acas, Will Payne, Jason Cux, Tyler Garrett, Jacob Fisher, Cesar Perez, Steven Villatoro, Gavyn Williams, Alex Perez, Jacob Davis, Coach Fisher.
The YMCA Arsenal Rome soccer teams begin tryouts this week as the Boys U14, 2005 team won their group at the GA State Cup in Cumming to advance to the semi-finals next week. The winner advances to the regionals in Baton Rouge.
  • The B’05 Classic I closed its regular season May 11 at home with a 2-1 loss against 1st place Alianza. Their 5-5-1 record put them in 5th place and the 11th seed at the State Cup. They were placed in a pool with 2 national league teams, GA Rush and Smyrna SC Red. The 4th team in the group was another from Classic I, Athens United Gold.
  • Saturday Arsenal defeated 6th seeded Georgia Rush 3-0. Steven Villatoro was fouled in the box and scored on the resulting PK. Yejezkel Parada scored on a cross to the net. Joseph Hall scored on a header at the net. Goalkeeper Jason Cux had 4 saves in the shut-out. 
  • Sunday Arsenal tied 3rd seed Smyrna SC Red 2-2. Villatoro scored on a PK and earned an assist on a goal by Parada. Cux had 5 saves in the first half. Goalkeeper Will Payne had 6 saves in the second half. Gavyn Williams made a critical defensive save to prevent a Smyrna goal late in the game.
  • On Monday Arsenal defeated 14th seeded Athens United by a score of 1-0. Villatoro scored on a PK for his 3rd goal of the tournament. Cux and Payne had 4 saves each. Winning their group advances them to a semi-final next weekend against Carrollton’s 2nd seeded GA Storm who won all three of their Cup games. 
  • The B’03 Classic I team came out of the high school season late and based on their fall record were seeded 10th and placed in a group with Inter ATL FC Blue, AFC Lightning Gold, and Augusta Arsenal Gold. On Saturday in Suwanee they beat Inter Atlanta 3-0. Sunday they lost to AFC 2-0. Monday they lost to Augusta 5-0.
  • The G’02 Athena A team also had players going deep into the high school playoffs and were then forced to qualify for the tournament with a play in game against Atlanta United Futbol Academy’s Forsyth at Grizzard Park May 18. Arsenal’s continuous attack finally paid off just before the half when Lauren Akemon’s shot hit the back of the net, assisted by Micah Vance. The hosts doubled their lead on the final score of the game in the 2nd half when Vance again assisted Akemon on her 2nd goal. Arsenal keepers Ryli Howe and Emma Couch combined in goal for the shutout victory with each making 2 saves. The girls were seeded 7th for their Cup games in Forsyth. On Saturday they lost to the AFC Lightning Gold 3-0. On Sunday they lost to CFC Red Star Elite 8-0. Monday they lost to Macon’s SAF Elite 6-0.
  • Arsenal Rome dominated the opposition in their divisions this spring season with a 27-5-3 overall record. Two teams earned promotion to the next division. The Boys 2006 III Green had an undefeated 11-0 record to clinch 1st place with 55 points, 11 ahead of 2nd. They scored 61 goals only giving up 9. The G’06 Athena C West finished 2nd with a 7-1-2 record, only 2 points ahead of 3rd place.
  • Update complied by Roy Dickenson


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 The cost is $110 and includes a camp T-shirt. Further questions please call 706-236-2290 or email — Tony Kunczewski, Head Football Coach, Berry College.

Darlington will host a free football camp at Jerry Sharp Field in Chris Hunter Stadium on campus at Darlington June 3-6 from 9 a.m. until noon. All boys ages 6-14 are invited to attend.  For more information, please email Darlington Head Coach Tommy Atha at  Registration can be completed online at or the first morning of camp in the stadium.

Rome-Floyd Parks and Rec is starting a Men’s Summer Basketball League. The league is for ages 18 and older and must have graduated high school. There will be two divisions: competitive for players that have played beyond high school or skilled at the game of basketball and recreational for those that love playing basketball and would like to keep active. There can be 7-10 players max per team. Cost is $400 per teach or $50 for individuals (free agents) that sign up without a team. Registration is underway now through June 7. Preseason is the week of June 10. Regular season begins week of June 24. Games will be played on Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Details: Contact Jay Houston at


2019 high school football schedules: Every local school with games starting in August. 2019

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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