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In context: With 22 games to go, the Rome Braves are three games behind first-place Augusta with Asheville, Charleston also in the hunt.
Rome Braves split double header with Augusta; lose opener, 10-7; rebound in nightcap, 1-0. Media release: Rome ended a long day of baseball with a satisfying 1-0 win in walk-off fashion, concluding their doubleheader against Augusta with a split. With Ricardo Rodriguez at second base and nobody out in the Bottom of the 8th inning, Braulio Vasquez put down a sacrifice bunt. Augusta’s Frankie Tostado attempted to nab the lead runner at third base but the throw missed wide, allowing Rodriguez to race home and score the winning run. The 1-0 victory gives Rome two shutouts over Augusta and a chance to win the series on Sunday.
After enduring a rain delay and extra innings the Braves eventually played 15 innings across two games Saturday at State Mutual Stadium. Game 1 started 46 minutes behind schedule due to the threat of rain and then Rome opened the scoring with a run in the 1st inning when Justin Dean scored on a Braden Shewmake ground ball. Leading 1-0 the Braves then surrendered 10 unanswered runs across the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings.
Augusta appeared to have the game under control with a 10-1 advantage but Rome refused to go quietly. The Braves scored four runs on just one hit in the 5th, a rally highlighted by a Greg Cullen RBI single. Rome added two additional runs in the 6th on a Dean RBI single and a balk. The tying run came to the plate in the 6th but the Braves never got closer than three runs, dropping Game 1 by the final score of 10-7.
Game 2 was dominated by pitching as Rome starter RHP Ryan Shetter and Augusta starter LHP Seth Corry each provided stellar performances. Shetter completed 5 scoreless innings and allowed only two hits and one walk while striking out two. It was Shetter’s longest outing of the season. Rome relievers RHP’s Kasey Kalich and Luis Mora took it the rest of the way and gave the offense a chance to pull out the win. The bunt by Vasquez brought home Rodriguez and the Braves erupted in celebration on the field, winning 1-0 and drawing to within 3 games in the Southern Division race.
Cullen was 4-6 with a walk and an RBI in the doubleheader. Dean went 1-5 with a walk, an RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base. He was also hit by a pitch.
Rome and Augusta conclude their four game series on Sunday afternoon at State Mutual Stadium. Game 4 is scheduled for 2 pm. Rome will start LHP Dilmer Mejia (6-2, 2.52) while Augusta is expected to start RHP Keith Weisenberg (1-2, 4.19).
Rome Braves (23-24, 53-63): 7 R 6 H 1 E
Augusta GreenJackets (27-20, 63-52): 10 R 8 H 3 E
W: Preston White (3-3)
L: Ricky DeVito (0-1)
Time: 3:01 (:46 delay)
Rome Braves (24-24, 54-63) 1 R 2 H 0 E
Augusta GreenJackets (27-21, 63-53) 0 R 2 H 1 E
W: Luis Mora (2-0)
L: Ryan Walker (2-2)
–Next up: Home vs. Augusta, today at 2 p.m.
High school preseason scrimmage updates:
- Aug. 15: Model at Mount Zion, 7 p.m.
- Aug. 16: Armuchee at Southeast Whitfield; Cass at Pepperell; New Manchester at Rome; Bowdon at Coosa, Gordon Central at Sonoraville; LaFayette at Trion; Dalton at Cartersville; Chattooga at Cedartown; and Woodland at Adairsville.
- John McClellan’s first column of the 2019 football season will post Monday.
- 2019 high school football schedules: Every local school schedule including scrimmages. 2019
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 Rome City Schools: Corky Kell tickets go on sale. Tickets are $12 in advance and $17 on game day. Sale hours: Aug. 13-16 from noon until 2 p.m. and Aug. 19-22 from noon until 2 p.m. The tickets are good for both games on Aug. 22.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Harbin Clinic to sponsor Metro by T-Mobile Corky Kell Classic: On television, radio, webcast and in the stands, the double header at Barron Stadium is expected to be seen by a million fans on Aug. 22. In addition to the games, Calhoun family medicine physician Dr. Ken Howard will be interviewed during one break and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brad Bushnell and Dr. Chris Piller during others. Expanded report
- The Atlanta Falcons at home Aug. 15 vs. Jets, kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Falcons
- Berry College Vikings open the 2019 season at Maryville on Saturday, Sept. 7. 2 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
MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL
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
Looking for Rome-Floyd Parks and Rec’s Fall Guide in your kid’s backpack but can’t find it? You’re not alone. Parks and Rec has posted the early Fall Guide online. The expanded Fall Guide comes out in early September via backpack and remind everyone when it should be coming home.
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