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State senators visit Georgia High School Association meeting: That’s Dr. Glenn White, Floyd County Schools, in the white shirt and tie as he and the board of the GHSA welcomed several state senators into the mix. White serves as president of the high school association.
Rome Braves can’t hold leads, fall 4-3 to Tourists. Media release: Rome lost three separate leads and ultimately lost a game it should have won on Thursday evening against the Asheville Tourists, dropping the series opener 4-3 on a walk-off single by Kyle Datres with the bases loaded and two outs in the 9th inning.
The Braves mashed for 13 hits against the Tourists, including four for extra bases, but came up short too frequently with runners in scoring position in the early innings when they could have made the score more lopsided. Asked to hold narrow leads throughout the night, Rome starter LHP Dilmer Mejia was unable to keep Asheville at bay.
Rome got things going with a run in the 3rd inning. With the bases loaded and one out Braden Shewmake lifted a fly ball to deep left, bringing in Jeremy Fernandez on a sacrifice fly and giving Rome a 1-0 lead.
After Asheville tied it up 1-1 the Braves took the lead once more in the 6th on a towering solo homer out to right field by Greg Cullen. The homerun was Cullen’s sixth of the season and gave Rome a 2-1 edge. Asheville immediately tied it up 2-2 with a run in the Bottom of the 6thinning. Rome got its final lead of the day on an RBI groundout by Shewmake in the 7th which scored Fernandez.
The Tourists tied the game 3-3 on a solo homer by Daniel Montano in the 7th and won it on the Datres single in the 9th against Rome reliever and All Star Jose Montilla.
Rome finished the game 1-12 with runners in scoring position.
Cullen was 2-4 with a homer and a double, lifting his July batting average to .333 and his OBP to .475. Jose Bermudez went 2-4, giving him multiple hits in five consecutive games. Fernandez was 3-4 with a double and two runs scored and Drew Campbell was 3-5 with a double.
Mejia went 7 innings and allowed three runs on six hits. He struck out six and walked one while receiving a no-decision.
Rome and Asheville continue their four game series Friday night at McCormick Field. First pitch of Game 2 is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Rome will start RHP Alan Rangel (8-5, 4.91) while Asheville puts RHP Ryan Feltner (6-6, 5.46) on the mound.
Rome Braves (15-13, 45-52): 3 R 13 H 0 E
Asheville Tourists (14-14, 43-55): 4 R 9 H 2 E
W: Alexander Martinez (4-4)
L: Jose Montilla (2-7)
Next: At Asheville tonight-Sunday. 7:05 tonight, 6:05 p.m. Saturday, 2:05 p.m. Sunday. Seven-game home stand begins July 23 (Hagerstown, then West Virginia).
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
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:
- 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