Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports:  Romes Braves drop tense game with Legends, 6-4; rematch today at 1 p.m. at State Mutual. Falcons open camp on Monday; link to ‘open’ practices.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Romes Braves drop tense game with Legends, 6-4; rematch today at 1 p.m. at State Mutual. Falcons open camp on Monday; link to ‘open’ practices.

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.

The benches cleared twice during Tuesday’s game between the Rome Braves and Lexington Legends. Photo by Mills Fitzner. Game details below.

 

SPORTS HEADLINES

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Atlanta Falcons post training schedule; first practice is Monday in Flowery Branch. Falcons


BASEBALL

Rome Braves fall 6-4 in tense game with Lexington.  Media release: The visiting Lexington Legends defeated the Rome Braves 6-4 in 10 innings on Tuesday evening at State Mutual Stadium, setting the stage for a rubber game finale on Wednesday. Rome rallied from down three runs to tie it late but was unable to take a lead in the game despite a multitude of chances.

Both sides got a run in the 1st inning. Trailing 1-0 Rome leadoff man Justin Dean tripled and then scored on a Greg Cullen RBI single, making it 1-1.

Lexington broke the tie with a homer from Reed Rohlman in the 4th and later made it 4-1 in the 5th against Rome starter RHP Jose Olague. Once the Braves lineup got into the Legends bullpen by the 6th inning they began to stir.

With one out Rome got three consecutive singles from Braulio Vasquez, Jose Bermudez and Drew Campbell to load the bases. After a strikeout the next two batters, Greg Cullen and Braden Shewmake, each took walks, bringing in a pair of runs and making it 4-3. The Braves would leave the bags full on a fly ball out to right-center.

Still trailing by a run, Griffin Benson opened the 7th inning by reaching base on a hit by pitch, and then advanced to third on an errant pick-off throw. As Benson stood over the bag he and Legends third baseman Nathan Eaton exchanged words and the benches cleared. There were no ejections as the coaches separated the players. It was the second time in the game that tempers had flared between the two division rivals. Once play resumed Vasquez delivered an RBI single up the middle to score Benson and make it 4-4.

Despite their successful efforts in erasing the deficit Rome never managed to gain the lead, stranding runners in scoring position in the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th innings. The Braves ended the night going 3-19 with runners in scoring position and left 15 men on base. Lexington won it with two runs, one earned, against Rome reliever LHP Tanner Lawson in the Top of the 10th.

Olague received a no-decision for his work. He threw 6 innings and allowed four runs on six hits. He struck out one and walked one.

Vasquez was 2-4 with an RBI and a walk. Braden Shewmake was 2-5 with an RBI and a walk. Cullen went 1-3 with two RBI, two walks and was hit by a pitch. Campbell was 2-4 with a walk and Bermudez was 2-5 with a double and a run scored.

Rome and Lexington conclude their three game series on Wednesday afternoon. Game 3 is scheduled for 1 pm from State Mutual Stadium. Rome will start RHP Odalvi Javier (2-6, 3.66) while Lexington will start LHP Evan Steele (4-2, 1.96).

Team of the Night: Pleasant Valley 12U Softball. Photo by Mills Fitzner.

Rome Braves (14-12, 44-51):                        4 R       10 H    1 E

Lexington Legends (11-14, 48-46):              6 R       14 H    1 E

W: Andres Nunez (3-1)

L: Tanner Lawson (2-4)

Time: 3:17

Attendance: 2,531

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
South Atlantic League all-star game to be hosted by Rome Braves at State Mutual Stadium next June 23. Details

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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:

  • 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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