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Media release: After becoming the first Viking in the baseball team’s NCAA Division III era to be drafted in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, Berry’s Dylan Beasley officially signed with the Washington Nationals and is competing for the Gulf Coast League Nationals as a pitcher.
The GCL Nationals are a rookie-level Minor League Baseball team and an affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The team plays its home games in West Palm Beach at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Beasley is wearing number 45 for the team and has competed in three games so far, tossing five innings. He has four strikeouts to just a single walk and has recorded a save.
Beasley is the 33rd Berry baseball player to have a chance to compete at the professional level and the first since Stephen Gaylor inked an undrafted deal with the Atlanta Braves in 2014. He is one of just nine NCAA Division III baseball players selected in this year’s draft and the only junior who was drafted in Division III.
Beasley just completed his junior season at Berry, earning his second All-Conference honor as a right-handed pitcher and shortstop. He ranked top-10 in the Southern Athletic Association (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 and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Region team.
Berry closed the 2019 season 28-15 overall with a 13-8 conference mark. The Vikings finished third in the regular season and exited the SAA Tournament in round two. Berry’s 28 victories this season marks the second most overall wins since the Vikings joined NCAA Division III.
Rome Braves drop opener to RiverDogs, 9-6. Media release: The Rome Braves lost the series and road trip opener 9-6 on Tuesday evening against the Charleston RiverDogs in a game that went from tightly contested to lopsided in the blink of an eye in the 6th inning. Rome clawed its way back in respectable fashion but ultimately came up short against their division foe.
Rome starter RHP Alan Rangel and Charleston starter RHP Harold Cortijo were both tough on the opposing lineups through the first 5 innings of the game. Rangel allowed only 1 run on two hits and Cortijo held Rome to only an unearned run.
Tied 1-1 in the 6th inning the RiverDogs attacked Rangel with a barrage of offense. Charleston broke the tie with a three run double by Canaan Smith and eventually chased Rangel from the game. Reliever RHP Ryan Shetter closed the inning but severe damage had been done. The RiverDogs got eight runs on nine hits, including four doubles, in the inning and made it 9-1 in favor of the home team.
Rome pulled itself off the mat with an impressive five run rally in the 8th inning highlighted by a Justin Dean two run triple and a Braulio Vazquez two run single. In the 9th inning the Rome offense got a man on base but never was able to bring the tying run to the palate as Charleston closed out the win 9-6.
Dean was 2-5 with a triple and two RBI. Ricardo Rodriguez went 2-3 with a walk. Griffin Benson was 2-5 with an RBI. Vazquez was 1-2 with two RBI, was hit by a pitch and took a walk. Rangel got the loss, going 5.1 innings and allowing seven runs on seven hits. He struck out five and walked two.
Rome and Charleston continue their three game series on Wednesday afternoon at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 pm. Rome will start Venezuelan LHP Gabriel Noguera (2-4, 3.28), who will be coming off a start in which he punched out a career-best nine batters. Charleston starts RHP Jhony Brito (3-1, 2.28).
Rome Braves (10-9, 40-48): 6 R 10 H 0 E
Charleston RiverDogs (9-10, 46-43): 9 R 11 H 1 E
W: Charlie Ruegger (1-0)
L: Alan Rangel (7-5)
S: Jefry Valdez (2)
Next: In Charleston: Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. and Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Then: To Kannapolis Friday-Sunday for three games with the Intimidators. Next home game: Monday, July 15.
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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