Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports:  Rome Braves edge Lexington 4-3 to open home stand; rematch tonight at 7. Griffin Benson named South Atlantic League Player of the Week. Honors for Berry’s women’s golf.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves edge Lexington 4-3 to open home stand; rematch tonight at 7. Griffin Benson named South Atlantic League Player of the Week. Honors for Berry’s women’s golf.

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.

: The Vikings open at No. 22 in the 2019 College Football America DIII Preseason Top 30.

Berry Women’s Golf earns WGCA All-Scholar team recognition. Release  — The Berry College women’s golf team received recognition from the Women’s Golf Coaches Association last week, earning the All-Scholar Team GPA Award. The Vikings ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division III with a 3.65 collective GPA. Marietta College took top spot in Division III while Southwestern University ranked second. Berry College was the only Southern Athletic Association school recognized.


BASEBALL

The Braves’ Ariel Montesino slides in safe Monday night. Photo by Mills Fitzner.

 

Rome Braves edge Legends for 4-3 win to open home stand.  Media release: Rome opened its brief three game home stand against Lexington with a 4-3 victory on Monday night at State Mutual Stadium. Rome reliever RHP Ryan Shetter stranded the tying run at third base in the 9th inning to secure the save and give the Braves the win in the series opener.

The Rome Braves offense attacked early and often against Lexington starter RHP Zach Haake, scoring in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd innings to build a 4-1 lead. In the 1st the Braves got a double from leadoff man Justin Dean. He soon scored on an RBI single by Shea Langeliers.

In the 2nd Rome added another tally on an Ariel Montesino groundout which scored Jose Bermudez.

Rome’s final rally came in the 3rd and again Dean and Langeliers were at the center of it. In one of the strangest plays of the season to date, Dean reached on an infield single and never stopped. The throw from short got away and allowed him to take second base. Lexington was slow to react and Dean kept advancing until he finally scored on the play. Legends catcher Freddy Fermin abandoned his post at the plate which allowed Dean to score. After a Braulio Vasquez single Langeliers followed with a laser beam to the wall in center field for an RBI double, making it 4-1 in favor of the Braves.

Rome starter LHP Gabriel Noguera was excellent for Rome once again. He went 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He struck out eight, one shy of his career high total, and walked three. He departed with two runners on base in the 7th and Shetter took it the rest of the way. Noguera earned his fourth win of the year for his efforts. Shetter walked a man in the 9th and a steal and throwing error pushed the tying run to third. He induced a groundout to Montesino at short to end the game and grab his second save of the season.

Dean went 2-4 with a double and scored two runs. Langeliers was 2-4 with a double and two RBI. Jose Bermudez was 3-3 and scored a run. Montesino was 0-2 with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base.

Rome and Lexington continue their three game series on Tuesday evening. Game 2 is scheduled for 7 pm from State Mutual Stadium. Rome will start RHP Jose Olague (8-6, 3.15) while Lexington will start RHP Jon Heasley (7-4, 2.96).

The National Anthem as performed by Alyssa Stanley. Photo by Mills Fitzner.

Rome Braves (14-11, 44-50):                        4 R       8 H    3 E

Lexington Legends (10-14, 47-46):              3 R       7 H    3 E

W: Gabriel Noguera (4-4)

L: Zach Haake (3-5)

S: Ryan Shetter (2)

Time: 2:36

Attendance: 1,647

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

Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive
Rome Braves’ Griffin Benson’s phenomenal week earned him South Atlantic League Player of the Week honors.
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:

  • 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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