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Rome Braves had two on in the ninth but Asheville holds for 4-3 win. Media release: A sellout crowd on hand at State Mutual Stadium for the Fourth of July celebration watched a 9th inning comeback bid fall just short on Thursday night as Asheville defeated Rome 4-3. Rome’s infield defense proved inconsistent and the Tourists took full advantage, scoring four unearned runs in the game.
Rome was unable to make a winner of LHP Gabriel Noguera in what was perhaps his best performance of the season. The Venezuelan left-hander struck out a career-high nine batters and allowed only one hit in 6.2 innings of work. He surrendered no earned runs and received a no-decision.
Playing in front of more than 5,100 fans the Braves and Tourists settled into an early pitcher’s duel as Noguera and Asheville starter LHP Nick Bush put up zeroes. Asheville didn’t get its first hit until the 5th inning when they were primed to exploit an error. After the leadoff man reached on an errant throw, Tourists shortstop Coco Montes hit a double into right center to score the first run of the game. Another run came in on a wild pitch making it 2-0 in favor of Asheville.
Bush had retired 13 consecutive Rome batters at one point until Ariel Montesino broke the hurler’s rhythm in the 6th inning with a shot into right field. He would later score when Justin Dean reached on an infield hit and subsequent throwing error. The tying run crossed on a Greg Cullen RBI single up the middle.
Still tied up 2-2 in the 7th Rome got its only lead of the night on a bases-loaded walk to Dean, allowing Griffin Benson to score. Leading 3-2, the Rome bullpen would find immediate trouble in the 8th inning. A walk and a throwing error brought in the tying run. Cleanup man Willie MacIver roped a single into left to bring in the go-ahead tally and the Braves trailed 4-3.
Rome would get close in the 9th. Drew Campbell reached on a single and Montesino got on base thanks to a throwing error. With the tying and winning runs both in scoring position the game ended on a strikeout.
Benson went 1-4 with a double and a run scored. Dean was 1-4 with a walk and an RBI. Cullen went 1-3 with an RBI and was hit by a pitch. Shea Langeliers was 1-4 with a double. Campbell was 1-3 with a walk.
Dean extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Rome pitchers struck out 13 Tourists batters and did not allow an earned run. They surrendered two hits.
Rome and Asheville continue their four game series on Friday evening. First pitch of Game 2 from State Mutual Stadium is scheduled for 7 pm. Rome will start RHP Jose Olague (6-6, 3.61) while Asheville counters with RHP Shelby Lackey (3-7, 5.60).
Rome Braves (8-7, 38-46): 3 R 7 H 3 E
Asheville Tourists (7-8, 36-49): 4 R 2 H 2 E
W: Derrik Watson (3-1)
L: Tanner Lawson (2-3)
S: PJ Poulin (1)
Next: Home vs. Asheville 7 tonight. Friday is Super Hero Night at 7 p.m. Tenor Timothy Miller will perform the National Anthem and God Bless America, and the first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a free Rome Braves Super Hero Cape. Saturday is Military Appreciation Night at 6 p.m. with the first 1,000 fans through the gates receiving a free Rome Braves Camo Cap. Sunday is Family Fun Day at 2 p.m. with $50 Family Fun Day Package which includes 4 tickets, 4 hamburgers OR hot dogs, 4 sodas, 4 popcorns, 4 hats + free Kid Zone inflatable wristbands.
Corky Kell Classic returns to Barron Stadium on Aug. 22 with Rome, Calhoun games: Look for another season-starting double header in Rome as part of the 2019 Corky Kell Classic high school football kickoff. Calhoun is scheduled to play Ridgeland at 5:30 p.m. and Rome hosts Marietta at 8:30 p.m. in the 28th edition of the classic. Media: The classic’s website states all games will be broadcast on CBS46 and Peachtree TV, and will be streamed live on the National Federation of High School Associations Network at NFHSNetwork.com. Radio listeners can tune into 92.9 The Game for coverage of the games (the signal is available in Floyd County).
- 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.
- Berry College Vikings open the 2019 season at Maryville on Saturday, Sept. 7. 1 p.m. kickoff. Vikings
- Shorter Hawks begin the season at East Tennessee State on Saturday, Sept. 7. Hawks
- Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Clemson, Thursday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m. ACC Network. Jackets
- Georgia Bulldogs at Vanderbilt, Saturday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. SEC Network. Bulldogs
Aug. 17: The Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower 5K Race and 2-mile Health Walk returns to Heritage Park on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 8 a.m. Registration is now open for the event with early bird pricing through July 27. This fun and challenging 5K winds through historic downtown Rome, and climbs historic Clocktower Hill in the second mile. Both the 5K and the 2-mile health walk courses are very scenic, as they take in much of the “Between the Rivers” district of beautiful downtown Rome. Both events start and end in Heritage Park. Pre and Post Race refreshments, pre and post race massages, music, and fun make this a race not to be missed. Proceeds go to the Exchange Club Family Resource Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Early registration is $25 for 5K and $20 for health walk, after July 27, price increases to $30 and $25. Register