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Rome Braves lose 6-5 at Kannapolis on Saturday. Media release: The Rome Braves got clutch hits late from Griffin Benson to erase a pair of Kannapolis leads but it wasn’t enough as the Intimidators got a walk-off single from Andrew Vaughn in the Bottom of the 9th inning to defeat Rome 6-5. The loss gave the series to Kannapolis and put the Braves back into a tie for 1st place in the Southern Division with Augusta.
Rome held a lead for much of the game, scoring two runs in the 1st inning on a single by Ricardo Rodriguez. Kannapolis eventually got to Braves starter LHP Dilmer Mejia, scoring four runs off him in the 5th inning to take a 4-2 lead.
The Braves trailed until a two out, two run blast by Benson out to right field in the 8th inning. The homer sailed over the visitor’s bullpen and tied the game 4-4. Kannapolis retook the lead with a run in the Bottom of the 8th and was up 5-4 when Rome would stage another comeback.
Justin Dean opened the 9th with a double and later found himself at third base with two outs. Benson again stepped to the plate in a big spot and came through, singling against the defensive shift to score Dean and tie the game 5-5.
Kannapolis and Vaughn walked it off against Rome reliever RHP Kasey Kalich to end the game. Rome has now lost seven of nine matchups against Kannapolis at Intimidators Stadium this season.
Benson was 2-4 with a homerun and three RBI. Rodriguez went 3-5 with a double and two RBI. Braden Shewmake was 2-5 with a double. Dean was 1-4 with a double and a walk.
Mejia threw 4.1 innings and allowed four runs on six hits. He struck out three and walked one. Reliever RHP Jose Montilla pitched 2.2 innings and allowed one run on five hits while striking out four. He did not issue a walk.
Rome and Kannapolis conclude their three game series on Sunday evening. Game 3 from Intimidators Stadium is scheduled for 5 pm. Rome will start RHP Alan Rangel (7-5, 5.19) while Kannapolis starts RHP Kevin Folman (0-0, 2.66).
Rome Braves (12-11, 42-50): 5 R 9 H 0 E
Kannapolis Intimidators (13-10, 41-50): 6 R 12 H 0 E
W: J.B. Olson (1-1)
L: Kasey Kalich (0-1)
Next: In Kannapolis. Game times: 5 p.m. today. At home today-Wednesday vs. Lexington with games at 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday and 1 p.m. Wednesday
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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
Rome High track and field athletes Ja’Lia Evans and Ja’Taria Jackson are preparing to make the trek to Sacramento for the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. In preparation for the National Championships, Head Coach Nick Bridges and Rome High are hosting Spirit Days in cooperation with local restaurants to help raise money. The goal is to offset the cost of the trip for Evans and Jackson. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to Evans and Jackson. The schedule:
- Monday, noon-9 p.m. Johnny’s Pizza
- Tuesday, 5-10 p.m., Jimmy John’s and Sam’s Burger Deli
- Wednesday, 5-10 p.m., Jefferson’s
- Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Moe’s Original BBQ, and from 5-10:30 p.m., Mellow Mushroom
- Friday, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Brewhouse Music & Grill, and all day at Frios
- Saturday, July 20: Applebee’s is hosting a Pancake Breakfast; Brewhouse Bar and Grill from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and all day at Frios
- Also: Greene’s Jewelers and High Voltage Prints have donated. If you would like to donate or help, please contact Bridges at:firstname.lastname@example.org
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