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Rome Braves top Asheville, 4-1. Media release: The Braves got terrific pitching, led by starter RHP Alan Rangel, and defeated the Asheville Tourists 4-1 on Friday, keeping them in first place in the Southern Division.
Rangel spun 6 innings and allowed only one run on four hits. The righty had eight strikeouts and two walks while earning his 9th win of the season in arguably the best hitters’ park in the South Atlantic League. Rome relievers RHP Kasey Kalich and Luis Mora combined for 3 shutout frames to close it out for Rome and even the series at one game apiece.
The Braves were opportunistic on offense in the early going. In the 1st inning Rome got a run without a hit thanks to two walks, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly from Shea Langeliers to make it 1-0.
Rome added two more runs in the 2nd inning. Jeremy Fernandez ripped an RBI single up the middle to bring in a tally and Braulio Vasquez later scored on a wild pitch.
Rangel kept the Tourists off the board until the 6th when a run scored on an RBI single from Grant Lavigne. Rangel ended the rally with a strikeout.
Leading by two in the 7th inning the Braves got their final run on an RBI double down the left field line from Shea Langeliers to score Justin Dean. The bullpen did the rest.
Fernandez finished the night going 3-4 with an RBI. Langeliers was 2-4 with a double and two RBI. Vasquez was 2-3 with a double and a walk. Dean went 0-2 with three walks, two runs scored and a stolen base.
Rome and Asheville continue their four game series Saturday night at McCormick Field. First pitch of Game 3 is scheduled for 6:05 pm. Rome will start LHP Gabriel Noguera (4-4, 3.33) while Asheville puts LHP Nick Bush (4-8, 5.12) on the mound.
Rome Braves (16-13, 46-52): 4 R 10 H 2 E
Asheville Tourists (14-15, 43-56): 1 R 5 H 1 E
W: Alan Rangel (9-5)
L: Ryan Feltner (6-7)
S: Luis Mora (2)
Next: At Asheville tonight-Sunday. 6:05 tonight, 2:05 p.m. Sunday. Seven-game home stand begins July 23 (Hagerstown, then West Virginia).
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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:
- 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