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Rome Braves fall to Asheville, 4-0. Media release: The Rome Braves pitching staff contributed another solid outing on Saturday night but the offense came up short in a 4-0 loss to rival Asheville. The Tourists got four unearned runs in the 8th inning to break a scoreless tie and take Game 3 of the series.
Rome got a tremendous effort from starting pitcher RHP Odalvi Javier, who twirled 7 shutout frames in the loss. He allowed only three hits and two walks while striking out four batters.
Asheville starter LHP Colten Schmidt was equally tough, holding Rome scoreless in 7 innings of work and getting the win. The two hurlers traded zeroes for much of the evening. Neither side got a runner as far as third base through the first 6 innings. With the game knotted at 0-0 Rome had its best chance against Schmidt in the 7th inning.
Griffin Benson led off with a double into center field and moved to third base on an infield hit by Ricardo Rodriguez. With runners on the corners and nobody out the Braves looked primed to take the lead. But Schmidt wriggled free of the jam. A groundball turned into a fielder’s choice, nabbing the lead runner between third and home. Schmidt ended the threat with a strikeout and another grounder.
Shortly after escaping the Braves potential rally the Tourists got one of their own, thanks in no small part to a defensive mistake. Rome reliever and All-Star RHP Jose Montilla struck out the first batter he faced in the 8th inning but the hitter reached base on a wild pitch for strike three. Looking to move the runner over Asheville tried a sacrifice bunt which turned into a throwing error. With runners at second and third and nobody out Terrin Vavra singled into right field to score one. Another run crossed on an RBI groundout and the finishing blow was a two run homer by Coco Montes. All four runs against Montilla were unearned.
Leading Rome 4-0, the Tourists bullpen finished it off. The Braves were shutout on six hits and no walks.
Justin Dean extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a triple. He was also hit by a pitch. Braden Shewmake went 1-3 with a double and was hit by a pitch. Benson was 1-4 with a double and Rodriguez went 2-4 on the night.
The Rome Braves pitching staff has not allowed an earned run across the first three games and 27 innings of the series but Asheville has won two of those three contests.
Rome and Asheville conclude their four game set Sunday afternoon. First pitch of Game 4 from State Mutual Stadium is scheduled for 2 pm. Rome will start LHP Dilmer Mejia (4-1, 2.17) while Asheville counters with LHP Alfredo Garcia (2-8, 6.78).
Rome Braves (9-8, 39-47): 0 R 6 H 1 E
Asheville Tourists (8-9, 37-50): 4 R 5 H 1 E
W: Colten Schmidt (3-4)
L: Jose Montilla (2-6)
Roster moves: Rome Braves infielder Braulio Vasquez has been activated off the Injured List. In corresponding moves, infielder Juan Morales has been transferred to Danville from Rome. The Rome roster has 25 active players and 5 injured.
Next: Home vs. Asheville at 2 p.m. today. 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. Off Monday, in Charleston for three Tuesday (7:05), Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. and Thursday at 7:05 p.m.
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