Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves win big, 11-0, over Augusta to take key series. Next: Asheville roadtrip. John McClellan’s first high school football column of 2019 — what’s new plus Unity starts season Friday.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves win big, 11-0, over Augusta to take key series. Next: Asheville roadtrip. John McClellan’s first high school football column of 2019 — what’s new plus Unity starts season Friday.

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.



Rome Braves pound Augusta 11-0 on Sunday afternoon to tighten playoff race. Game release: The Rome Braves concluded their pivotal series against 1st place Augusta with an 11 run thrashing of the GreenJackets on Sunday afternoon, delivering the home team a series win and drawing the Braves to within 2 games of the Southern Division lead with three weeks remaining in the regular season.

The Rome lineup erupted for 11 runs on 9 hits and also took 10 walks, giving them plenty of run-scoring chances throughout the game. The pitching staff was led by starter LHP Dilmer Mejia who went 7 strong innings and earned the win.

Rome manufactured some early damage against former Braves farmhand RHP Keith Weisenberg, who started for Augusta. In the 2nd inning Rome got their first run after a pair of singles, a wild pitch and a double-play grounder. In the 3rd another run scored on an RBI groundout by Hagen Owenby.

In the 5th Rome’s reigning Player of the Month, Greg Cullen, would deliver an RBI triple to make it 3-0. Cullen later scored on an RBI hit from Jeremy Fernandez to give the Braves a 4-0 lead.

It was in the 8th inning when Rome blew the game open. Already up 5-0 the Braves went to work on the Augusta bullpen. Cullen took a bases-loaded walk, making it 6-0 and Shewmake followed with the dagger: a grand slam homerun out to left for a 10-0 lead. It was Rome’s first grand slam of the season. An additional run would score later in the inning on an RBI triple from Fernandez, capping the scoring and allowing the Braves to cruise to an 11-0 win against their rival and win three of four games in the series at State Mutual Stadium.

Mejia was brilliant all afternoon, pitching 7 innings and surrendering just four hits, all singles. He struck out five and did not issue a walk.

The Rome pitching staff ended the series by firing 19 consecutive scoreless innings. All three Braves wins in the series came via shutout.

Shewmake finished his day going 3-4 with a homer, walk, four RBI and four stolen bases. Fernandez was 2-4 with a triple, walk and two RBI. Cullen went 1-4 with a triple, a walk and two RBI. Shea Langeliers was 1-3 with two walks. Justin Dean was 0-2 with three walks and three stolen bases.

Rome now departs for a long road trip through the Carolinas, playing three games Monday-Wednesday in Asheville and then going to Columbia for a four game set beginning Thursday evening. Rome’s next home game is August 20th versus Kannapolis.

Rome Braves (25-24, 55-63)                           11 R       9 H       1 E

Augusta GreenJackets (27-22, 63-54)             0 R       4 H       2 E

W: Dilmer Mejia (7-2)

L: Keith Weisenberg (1-3)

Time: 3:00

Attendance: 1,325

 Next up:  At Asheville, today-Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.

-Roster moves:  Rome Braves RHP Trey Riley has been placed on the Injured List along with infielder Griffin Benson. In corresponding moves, LHP Gabriel Noguera has been activated off the Injured List while outfielder Michael Harris has been promoted to Rome from the GCL Braves. The Rome roster has 25 active players, 1 restricted and 3 injured.

Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive
Atlanta Braves: Latest updates @ Atlanta


John McClellan’s high school football preview and first prediction of the season as Unity Christian plays Friday night. Plus: Audio interview. Link to all high school schedules.  McClellan
  • Audio interview: John McClellan breaks down the 2019 season: New coaches, old rivalries and the teams to watch this fall. Druck Report
  • 2019 high school football schedules: Every local school with games this fall. Schedules

High school updates: 

  • Thursday scrimmage: Model at Mount Zion, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, season opener: The Oaks at University Christian School.
  • Friday scrimmages: 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.

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 Rome City Schools: Corky Kell tickets go on sale. Tickets are $12 in advance and $17 on game day. Sale hours: Tuesday-Friday 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 (
  • 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 Thursday 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


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.

Saturday: 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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