Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves hit with 5-2 loss; 12:05 p.m first pitch today. Updates on high school scrimmages; Model game now Aug. 15.  Berry awarded key grant.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves hit with 5-2 loss; 12:05 p.m first pitch today. Updates on high school scrimmages; Model game now Aug. 15. Berry awarded key grant.

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.

Berry College was one of 11 schools awarded the 2019 NCAA CHOICES Grant, the NCAA announced. The program is an annual grant program that provides funding for NCAA member schools and conferences to integrate athletics into campus-wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse.

“I am excited about Berry receiving the NCAA Choices Grant and the opportunity afforded by infusing alcohol education into leadership development,” Berry’s Vice President of Student Affairs, Lindsey Taylor, said. “The resources provided through the grant will not only serve our student body well while at Berry, but it will also lay a foundation for how to have a healthy mindset regarding substance use beyond their time at Berry.”

Utilizing the grant, Berry plans to bolster a campus culture of care that promotes safe choices with alcohol through leadership training infused with alcohol education.

“Berry College has a unique culture that values servant leadership and a strong, caring community,” Berry’s Assistant Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator, Ginger Swann, said. “Partnering with the NCAA, we will have an opportunity to leverage these assets to help educate and engage our student body about leadership, alcohol education and making healthy choices.”

The three-year project will use several national resources to reinforce a culture of care and promote substance abuse prevention. These resources include: Habitudes® Leadership Curriculum, NCAA CHOICES Alcohol Education Program, NCAA APPLE Institute programs, and NASPA Certified Peer Educator Training.

Berry’s Health and Wellness Committee is overseeing the project.

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, Pepperell, Calhoun and Rockmart football scrimmages; Rome’s Soap Game (see below).


Rome Braves downed 5-2 by West Virginia.  Media releaseRome started fast but finished with a thud in a 5-2 loss Monday night to the West Virginia Power. The Braves had an early lead thanks to homeruns by Justin Dean and Griffin Benson but could not muster a hit in the final 6 innings of the game.

Dean continued his hot road trip by ripping a leadoff homer out to left on the first pitch of the game from Power starter RHP Josias De Los Santos. Benson opened the 2ndinning with a solo homer to right center to give the Braves a 2-0 lead. They would not score again as De Los Santos settled into a groove and retired the final 11 batters he faced.

West Virginia tied the game on a two run homer from Onil Pena off Rome starter RHP Alan Rangel in the 4th and took the lead with a rally in the 6th inning.

The Power added their final two runs in the 7th against hard-throwing Rome reliever RHP Luis Mora, taking a 5-2 advantage into the final frames.

With one out, Rome used a walk and a hit by pitch to put two runners on base in the 8th but could not score. They finished 0-5 with runners in scoring position.

Dean completed his night 1-3 with a homer and a walk. Benson was 1-4 with a homerun. Jose Bermudez was 1-4 with a stolen base. Braden Shewmake was 1-3 with a walk.

Rangel took the loss but did not pitch poorly. He threw 6 innings and allowed three runs on 10 hits. He struck out six batters and did not issue a walk.

Rome and West Virginia conclude their four game series Tuesday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park. First pitch of Game 4 is set for 12:05 pm. Rome starts RHP Jose Olague (9-6, 3.72) while the Power put LHP Nate Fisher (0-1, 6.91) on the mound.

Rome Braves (21-23, 51-62):                        2 R       4 H    2 E

West Virginia Power (21-23, 58-56):           5 R     13 H    0 E

W: Josias De Los Santos (3-6)

L: Alan Rangel (9-6)

S: Dayeison Arias (11)

Time: 2:31

Attendance: 3,368

Next up:  At West Virginia. 12:05 p.m. today. Off Wednesday.  Rome’s next home game is Thursday against Augusta.

-Roster moves: Rome Braves RHP Odalvi Javier has been promoted to High-A Florida from Single-A Rome. In corresponding moves, RHP Ricky DeVito has been promoted to Single-A Rome from R-Danville.

  • Javier, 22, was 3-8 with a 3.78 ERA in 22 starts for the Rome Braves this season. The right-hander had walked just 45 while striking out 101 in 121.1 innings of work for the Single-A Braves. Javier ranked second among all South Atlantic League arms in innings pitched and tied for third in games started this season. Javier posted his best numbers during the month of July, going 1-2 with a 2.11 ERA in six starts for the Rome club.
  • DeVito, 20, was an eighth-round pick by the Atlanta Braves in this year’s First-Year Player Draft out of Seton Hall University. In 12 starts at Seton Hall this season, DeVito posted a record of 2-5 with a 3.92 ERA. He posted his best numbers during his sophomore season when he went 6-3 with a 1.88 ERA in 12 starts en route to claiming 2018 BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year honors. DeVito has posted a 3.15 ERA in eight outings, four starts, since signing with the Braves.
Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive
Atlanta Braves: Latest updates @ Atlanta


High school preseason scrimmage updates: 

  • Update from Model: “Due to a schedule conflict, the scrimmage game will take place Thursday, Aug. 15 at Mt. Zion at 7 p.m.”
  • Thursday: Darlington at Whitefield Academy
  • Friday: Five area teams playing and one intrasquad scrimmage including

-Bowdon at Coosa

–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. 15: The Model-Mount Zion scrimmage moves to Thursday, Aug. 15 at Mount Zion at 7 p.m.
  • 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

  • John McClellan’s first column of the 2019 football season will post Monday, Aug. 12.

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 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. Pre-sale tickets sold at CHS will be $12. Tickets at the gate on game day will be $17. Please contact Brock Holley (

  • 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


Rome Middle School 2019 Football Schedule

  • 8/31 McEachern
  • 9/7 Kell
  • 9/14 at Hiram
  • 9/28 at Cambridge
  • 10/5 East Paulding
  • 10/12 Pope
  • 10/19 at Allatoona
  • 10/28 at Campbell


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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