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The South Atlantic League announced rosters for the 60th Annual SAL All-Star Game on Tuesday. Four Rome Braves players were named to the Southern Division roster and will represent the Single-A Braves in the upcoming game Tuesday, June 18. This year’s contest and festivities will be hosted by the West Virginia Power at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W. Va.
While RHP Jose Montilla was the lone Braves hurler named to the team, three position players were also selected including starting catcher Logan Brown, second baseman Greg Cullen and right fielder Trey Harris to round out the Braves participants.
- Brown, 22, is hitting .290 with nine doubles, a triple, one home run and 24 RBI in 41 games for the Single-A Braves this season. In 14 games during the month of April, Brown posted a .327 average with one homer and seven RBI. The Indiana native was selected by the Braves in the 35th round of the 2018 draft out of the University of Southern Indiana.
- Cullen, 22, is hitting .253 with 12 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 19 RBI in 54 games for the Single-A Braves. He’s walked 30 times this season, tied for fifth-most among South Atlantic League leaders. Cullen has also scored 37 runs on the season, tied for sixth-most in the league. The New York native was originally selected by the Braves in the 15th round of the 2018 draft out of Niagara University.
- Harris, 23, is leading the South Atlantic League with a .366 batting average. He also leads the league with a .437 OBP, a .594 slugging percentage and a 1.031 OPS. His 44 RBI are third-most in the league while his four triples also rank tied for third-best in the SAL. Harris was originally selected by the Braves in the 32nd round of the 2018 draft out of the University of Missouri.
- Montilla, 21, is 1-4 with one save and a 3.48 ERA in 13 relief appearances for the Rome Braves this season. He’s stuck out 24 while walking just seven in 31 innings of work. Montilla went 1-0 with a 1.56 ERA in six outings during the month of April. Montilla was signed by the Braves as a non-drafted free agent on January 10, 2017. He spent all of last season at R-Danville.
Both Northern Division and Southern Division teams will be represented by 26 players. The all-stars were selected by a vote of the team’s managers, coaching staffs, local media and front office executives. The annual SAL All-Star Game dates to 1960.
Rome Braves roster moves:
- Outfielder Trey Harris promoted to High-A Florida Fire Frogs. Harris was leading the South Atlantic League with a .366 batting average and was named to the 2019 SAL All-Star team earlier today.
- Outfielder Jeremy Fernandez transfers to Rome from Florida.
The American Baseball Coaches Association and D3baseball.com announced their NCAA Division III baseball All-Region lists, with Berry’s Dylan Beasley (10), Spence Johns (15) and Zack Walch (22) earning recognition. Walch led the way with a second-team honor in both publications. Beasley claimed a third-team honor from the ABCA while Johns claimed second-team recognition from D3baseball.com
- Walch, a junior outfielder from Norcross, earned his second straight All-Conference recognition and his first on the SAA first team. He led the SAA with a .409 average, 65 hits, 23 stolen bases and 51 runs. His 51 runs scored this year sets a DIII era program record, previously set in 2012 by Vikings standout and Atlanta Braves prospect, Stephen Gaylor.
- Beasley, a junior infielder and pitcher from Rome, earned his second All-Conference honor. He ranked top-10 in the SAA with two triples, 34 RBIs, a 5-0 record on the mound and a career-best 48 strikeouts. On the year, he hit a career-high .313 with a .435 slugging percentage. He was also selected to this year’s SAA All-Tournament team.
- Johns, a sophomore infielder from Dacula, earned his second straight first-team honor. He recorded 63 hits on the year, second on the team only to Zack Walch. Johns ranked inside the SAA’s top-five in hits, runs (40), RBIs (40), walks (28) and batting average (.380). In just two seasons, he has 131 career hits, which ranks inside the top-10 in Berry’s NCAA Division III era record book.
Rome Braves edged 3-2; fourth consecutive loss. Media release: Two early runs were all the Braves offense could muster on Tuesday night against the Columbia pitching staff and it wasn’t enough as the Fireflies beat Rome 3-2 and won the series. The Braves recent losing skid hit four games with the defeat.
After waiting until the 6th inning for a hit on Monday in the series opener the Rome bats started fast on Tuesday against Fireflies RHP Willy Taveras. Making his Rome debut Jeremy Fernandez reached in the 1st inning on an infield single and moved to second base on a throwing error. Greg Cullen then came up and drove a ball to the wall in right for an RBI double. Henry Quintero eventually brought in Cullen with a sacrifice fly and Rome was up 2-0.
The crucial inning would be the Bottom of the 2nd when three Columbia runs scored on three hits and with some help from the Braves defense. Juan Uriarte brought in a run on an RBI single to make it 2-1. The tying run scored on a fielding error and the go-ahead run came in on a sacrifice fly by Mark Vientos. Two of the three runs against Rome starter LHP Gabriel Noguera were unearned.
Neither offense was able to muster a rally the rest of the night. The Braves put the tying run on base in the 5th and 7th innings but were unable to drive it in. Columbia relievers retired the final 11 Rome hitters they faced in the game.
One major bright spot for Rome was the continued good work of reliever RHP Victor Vodnik, who was just named the team’s Player of the Month for May. Vodnik on Tuesday night threw four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and one walk with three strikeouts. He lowered his season ERA to 2.10. Andrew Moritz was 2-3 in the game with a double.
Rome has now lost 11 of 15 games this season against Columbia including 7 of 8 played at Segra Park. In one run games between the two teams this year Rome is 0-5.
Rome and Columbia conclude their three game series on Wednesday evening. First pitch in the series finale is scheduled for 7:05 pm at Segra Park. Rome will start RHP Jose Olague (5-4, 3.39) while Columbia will counter with RHP Colin Holderman (3-1, 3.86).
Rome Braves (26-32): 2 R 6 H 2 E
Columbia Fireflies (23-35): 3 R 6 H 1 E
W: Willy Taveras (4-5)
L: Gabriel Noguera (2-3)
S: Tylor Megill (2)
Next: Braves at Columbia, Tonight at 7:05. Seven-game home stand starts Thursday.
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 email@example.com.
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.