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Rome Braves drop first game of series at West Virginia, 7-2. Media release: The Rome Braves traveled to a new city to face a different opponent but their recent offensive struggles continued to persist in a 7-2 loss to the West Virginia Power. The Braves did get a pair of solo homers from Justin Dean and Braden Shewmake in the defeat but mustered little else in their first game this season at Appalachian Power Park.
West Virginia struck for a pair of early runs in the 1st inning against Rome starter Odalvi Javier, who struggled with his command on Saturday evening. Trailing 2-0 in the 4th inning the Braves got a solo homerun from Dean, his sixth homer of the year, cutting it to 2-1. Two batters later Shewmake tied the game with a long solo homer to right field. It was second long ball of the season and as a pro. But once knotted up 2-2, the Braves offense would go cold.
The Power scored three runs in the Bottom of the 4th against Javier, a rally fueled by three walks. Javier was chased after 5 innings. He allowed five runs on seven hits while walking five batters and striking out four. West Virginia added single runs in the 6th and the 8th to win by the final margin of 7-2.
Rome managed only five hits and finished 0-4 with runners in scoring position. They are 4-33 with runners in scoring position during the current road trip.
Dean finished the night 3-4 with a homer and two stolen bases. Shewmake was 1-3 with a solo homer and a walk. Jeremy Fernandez was 1-3 with a single.
Rome and West Virginia continue their four game series on Sunday afternoon from Appalachian Power Park. First pitch of Game 2 is set for 2:05 pm. Rome starts LHP Dilmer Mejia (5-2, 2.70) while the Power put RHP Evan Johnson (0-1, 3.77) on the mound.
Rome Braves (20-22, 50-61): 2 R 5 H 0 E
West Virginia Power (20-22, 57-55): 7 R 11 H 0 E
W: Devin Sweet (6-4)
L: Odalvi Javier (3-8)
High school preseason scrimmage updates:
- Aug. 8: Darlington at Whitefield Academy
- Aug. 9: Bowdon at Coosa; Model at Mt. Zion; Temple at Pepperell, Calhoun at Northwest Whitfield, Bremen at Rockmart.
- Aug. 16: Armuchee at Southeast Whitfield; Cass at Pepperell; New Manchester at Rome; Gordon Central at Sonoraville; LaFayette at Trion; and Dalton at Cartersville; Chattooga at Cedartown; and Woodland at Adairsville.
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).
-From Calhoun High: Tickets for the Corky Kell Classic football game on sale at the Calhoun High School front office. The game will take place against Ridgeland High School on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 5:30 p.m. and played at Barron Stadium in Rome. Pre-sale tickets sold at CHS will be $12. Tickets at the gate on game day will be $17. Please contact Brock Holley (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
- 2019 high school football schedules: Every local school schedule including scrimmages. 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. Falcons
- 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
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 continues.This 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. Registration $30 and $25. Register