Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves take series vs. Lexington. Tonight-Sunday in Asheville. Early honors for Berry football’s Hayden Murphy of Calhoun.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves take series vs. Lexington. Tonight-Sunday in Asheville. Early honors for Berry football’s Hayden Murphy of Calhoun.

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

Berry’s Hayden Murhpy (47) of Calhoun.

Early honors for Berry’s Hayden Murhpy of Calhoun: Allstate Insurance and the American Football Coaches Association announced the 137 nominees for the 2019 Good Works Team with Berry’s Hayden Murphy representing the Vikings. Murphy, a rising senior from Calhoun,  is a three-time SAA Academic Honor Roll honoree and claimed his first All-Conference honor following the 2018 campaign.  Vikings

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


BASEBALL

Keep on truckin.’ Jeremy Fernandez makes the catch during Wednesday afternoon’s blowout win over Lexington. Photo by Mills Fitzner.

 

Rome Braves hammer Lexington, 8-1.  Media release: Rome finished off their brief homestand with an emphatic 8-1 getaway day victory over Lexington on Wednesday afternoon. The Braves got strong pitching from RHP Odalvi Javier and RHP William Woods and clutch hitting throughout the lineup to take the finale at State Mutual Stadium.

In a reversal of fortune from the previous night the Braves bats performed well with runners in scoring position. Greg Cullen got them going early. In the Bottom of the 1st Cullen drove an RBI single into left-center to score Braden Shewmake, giving Rome a 1-0 lead.

Tied 1-1 in the 3rd Cullen again delivered. With runners at second and third he drove a ball down the left field line to score two and give Rome a 3-1 lead. That shot ultimately produced the game-winning RBI for the Braves as Lexington would not score again against the Rome staff.

The Braves blew the game open late with one run in the 7th inning and four more in the 8th versus the Legends bullpen. Jose Bermudez, Justin Dean and Braulio Vasquez all produced RBI hits. The Bermudez knock was a two run single and seemed to put the game out of reach. Rome finished the day 6-15 with runners in scoring position.

Javier performed well and earned the win on the mound for the Braves. He threw 6 innings and allowed one run on five hits while striking out two and walking two. Javier has now made four starts in July covering 24 innings and has surrendered only three earned runs, giving him an ERA of 1.13 for the month.

Woods got the save with 3 shutout innings of work. He gave up one hit while striking out three and walking one.

Cullen led the day for the offense, going 3-4 with three RBI. Cullen is currently batting .318 in July with a .474 on-base percentage. He’s driven in 10 runs in 13 games this month. Bermudez stayed hot as well with another multi-hit effort. He went 2-4 with two RBI and has now had multiple hits in four straight games, raising his average from .208 to .235 during that span. Shewmake was 0-3 but walked twice, scored two runs and stole a base.

Rome took two of three games from Lexington and now hits the road for a four game series at McCormick Field against the Asheville Tourists. First pitch of Game 1 is scheduled for 7:05 pm Thursday evening from North Carolina. Rome will start LHP Dilmer Mejia (5-1, 2.48).

Rome Braves (15-12, 45-51):                        8 R       10 H    0 E

Lexington Legends (11-15, 48-47):              1 R         6 H    3 E

W: Odalvi Javier (3-6)

L: Evan Steele (4-3)

S: William Woods (3)

Time: 2:39

Attendance: 1,338

Next:  At Asheville tonight-Sunday. 7:05 tonight and Friday; 6:05 p.m. Saturday, 2:05 p.m. Sunday..

Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive
The National Anthem performed by former 96 Rock Morning DJ Mark McCain. Photo by Mills Fitzner.
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:

  • 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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