Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves power past West Virginia, 7-2; rematch tonight. Darlington opens high school football scrimmage season on Thursday followed by Coosa, Model, Pepperell, Calhoun and Rockmart Friday. Rome’s ‘Soap Game’ also Friday.Falcons at Dolphins Thursday night.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves power past West Virginia, 7-2; rematch tonight. Darlington opens high school football scrimmage season on Thursday followed by Coosa, Model, Pepperell, Calhoun and Rockmart Friday. Rome’s ‘Soap Game’ also Friday.Falcons at Dolphins Thursday night.

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.

Week ahead in Sports:

  • Thursday: Darlington opens the high school football scrimmage season on Thursday with a game at Whitefield Academy.
  • Thursday: Rome Braves open a four-game home stand vs. Augusta at State Mutual Stadium.
  • Thursday: The Atlanta Falcons travel to Miami to face the Dolphins.
  • Friday: Coosa, Model, Pepperell, Calhoun and Rockmart football scrimmages (see below).

BASEBALL

Rome Braves bounce back big, win 7-2 over West Virginia.  Media releaseThe bats returned with force for the Rome Braves on Sunday in a 7-2 romp over West Virginia as the visitors evened their series at a game apiece with an impressive showing at Appalachian Power Park.

Starter LHP Dilmer Mejia was brilliant in twirling 6 shutout innings and keeping the Power lineup off balance while the Braves offense enjoyed rare success while hitting with runners in scoring position.

Rome got their first clutch hit of the day in the 1st inning when Greg Cullen lifted a two out RBI single into right field to score Jose Bermudez and put Rome up 1-0. The lead expanded in the 3rd when Griffin Benson drove a two run double down the right field line to give Rome a 3-0 advantage.

The Braves effectively put the game out of reach in the 6th inning with a three run rally, highlighted by a two run double off the right center fence from shortstop Braden Shewmake. Rome added an unearned run in the 9th inning and had more than enough cushion to cruise to the 7-2 victory.

Mejia got the win, his sixth of the year, and enjoyed one of his finest performances of the season. In 6 scoreless innings he surrendered only three hits and two walks while striking out six batters. Only once did Mejia permit a runner to reach second base.

Drew Campbell helped lead the way for the Braves lineup, going 3-5 with a double and two runs scored. Shewmake was 2-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Benson was 1-5 with a double and two RBI. Cullen was 1-2 with an RBI and was hit by a pitch on three occasions. Braulio Vasquez was 1-2 with three walks. Ricardo Rodriguez went 2-5 and scored a run.

Rome finished the day 4-17 with runners in scoring position, equaling the number of hits they’d had in those situations in the previous four games combined.

Rome and West Virginia continue their four game series on Monday evening at Appalachian Power Park. First pitch of Game 3 is set for 7:05 pm. Rome starts RHP Alan Rangel (9-5, 4.51) while the Power put RHP Josias De Los Santos (2-6, 5.06) on the mound.

Rome Braves (21-22, 51-61):                        7 R     11 H    0 E

West Virginia Power (20-23, 57-56):           2 R       9 H    5 E

W: Dilmer Mejia (6-2)

L: Evan Johnson (0-2)

S: Jose Montilla (4)

Time: 3:09

Attendance: 589

Next up:  At West Virginia. 7:05 tonight, 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, off Wednesday.  Rome’s next home game is Thursday against Augusta.
Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive
Atlanta Braves: Latest updates @ Atlanta

FOOTBALL

High school preseason scrimmage updates: 

  • Thursday: Darlington at Whitefield Academy
  • Friday: Five area teams playing and one intrasquad scrimmage including

-Bowdon at Coosa

-Model at Mt. Zion

-Temple at Pepperell

-Calhoun hosts Northwest Whitfield

-Bremen at Rockmart.

Rome High’s Fifth Annual Soap Game intrasquad scrimmages at Barron Stadium — will be open to the public. Admission (Sixth through eighth grades), can of Gatorade or six-gallon powdered drink mix; ninths-11th, liquid laundry soap, 75-ounce size; seniors, can of Gatorade mix. It starts with sixth grade vs. sixth grade at 5 p.m. and concludes with offense vs. defense (first team vs first team, second team vs. second team). Each will play two 10-minute quarters. 

  • 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.

John McClellan breaks down the 2019 season: New coaches, old rivalries and the teams to watch this fall. High school football  / The interview

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 (holleyb@calhounschools.org) if you have any questions.

  • 2019 high school football schedules: Every local school schedule including scrimmages. 2019
  • The Atlanta Falcons play the Dolphins at Miami this Thursday at 7:30 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

COMMUNITY

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

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