Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves win 9-3 in Kannapolis; open three-game home stand tonight at 7 vs. Legends. SEC Media days begin. High school notes.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves win 9-3 in Kannapolis; open three-game home stand tonight at 7 vs. Legends. SEC Media days begin. High school notes.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports

Truett’s Chick-fil-A, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Mount Berry Mall, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Riverside Parkway, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

SPORTS HEADLINES

SEC Media Days begins today. SEC Network has extensive coverage planned. What to know.

Armuchee Football announces it will be hosting members of the U.S. Army on July 18. “They will lead us in conditioning and team building exercises.”

Calhoun TD Club’s Third Annual Jacket Classic Golf Tournament is Aug. 24. Click for details


BASEBALL

Rome Braves win 9-3; tied for first place.  Media release: The Rome offense showed up in a big way on Sunday evening, smacking four homeruns and smacking down the Kannapolis pitching staff in a 9-3 Braves win. Griffin Benson hit two homers and drove in four runs as Rome salvaged the final game of the series. The Braves finished their road trip with three wins and three losses, leaving them with a share of 1st place.

In addition to Benson’s shots Rome got homers from Brendan Venter and Jose Bermudez and had 14 total hits in the game. Rome starter RHP Alan Rangel was strong throughout the evening and earned the win, tying him with Jose Olague for the team lead in victories.

With Kannapolis up 1-0 in the 4th inning Benson connected for a two run shot out to right to flip the margin and give the Braves a one run lead. Rome would then put up big damage in the 5th inning against the Intimidators staff. Jose Bermudez led off the frame with a solo homer, his first long ball as a Rome Brave and his first as a pro since 2017 with the GCL Braves. After a Shea Langeliers RBI single, Benson unloaded another two run bomb over the right field fence and the visitors’ bullpen. Brendan Venter followed two batters later and launched a two run homer out to left, capping the carnage and making it 8-1 Rome.

Benson would triple and later score on an RBI groundout from Ricardo Rodriguez in the 9th inning to give the Braves their final run.

Rangel had his longest outing of the season, throwing 6.2 innings and allowing only one run on six hits. He struck out four and walked three.

Benson finished his evening 3-4 with two homers, a triple and four RBI. He hit three homeruns in the series and drove in seven runs. Langeliers was 2-5 with an RBI. Braden Shewmake was 2-5 with a stolen base. Bermudez went 2-5 with a homer and Venter was 2-4 with a homer, two RBI and was hit by a pitch. Justin Dean went 1-4 with a walk and a stolen base. Jeremy Fernandez was 1-5 with a triple.

Rome has concluded their road trip and now returns home to face the Lexington Legends for a brief three game series. Game 1 is scheduled for 7 pm Monday. Rome will start LHP Gabriel Noguera (3-4, 3.39). Lexington has not announced their starting pitcher for the series opener.

Rome Braves (13-11, 43-50):                         9 R       14 H    0 E

Kannapolis Intimidators (13-11, 41-51):      3 R         9 H    0 E

W: Alan Rangel (8-5)

L: Kevin Folman (0-1)

Time: 2:52

Attendance: 623

Next:  At home today-Wednesday vs. Lexington with games at 7  tonight, Tuesday and 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive
South Atlantic League all-star game to be hosted by Rome Braves at State Mutual Stadium next June 23. Details

Atlanta Braves: Latest updates @ Atlanta


FOOTBALL

HHPodcast Interview: Local high school football expert John McClellan breaks down the 2019 season: New coaches, old rivalries and the teams to watch this fall. High school football  / Click to the podcast

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

COMMUNITY

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:nbridges@rcs.rome.ga.us

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

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