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Rome Braves at Asheville. Game release: Rome opened its series and road trip Monday evening with an 11-6 loss to Asheville at McCormick Field in a marathon game defined by inconsistent defense and some missed opportunities for the visitors. The win for the Tourists puts them alone in 1st place in the Southern Division.
Every hitter in the Rome batting order had at least one hit and the Braves got at least one hit in every inning but the 9th. It was a solid effort but not enough to match the Asheville offensive attack.
Rome scored first, getting an RBI single from Shea Langeliers to score Braden Shewmake in the 1st inning. The Braves had four hits in the opening frame, two for extra bases, but would score only once.
The Tourists answered with three runs in the 2nd inning thanks in part to a pair of Rome fielding errors. The Braves tied it up at 3-3 in the 3rd inning on a doubleplay-grounder and an RBI single from Hagen Owenby. Asheville was relentless, scoring two runs in the 4th and two more in the 5th to take a 7-3 lead.
Rome’s last great chance was in the 6th inning. After Greg Cullen ripped a towering solo homer out to right the Braves trailed 7-5 and would eventually load the bases with two outs, putting the tying run in scoring position. But a groundout ended the threat and Asheville scored four runs in the Bottom of the 6th to make it 11-5 and put the game too far out of reach.
Rome starter RHP Alan Rangel was tagged with the loss. He pitched 4 innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on four hits. He struck out five and walked four.
Cullen went 3-4 with a homer and a walk. Shewmake was 2-4 with two doubles, a walk and two stolen bases. Langeliers was 1-3 with two walks and an RBI. Justin Dean was 1-4 with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base. Dean has now stolen a league-best 40 bags this season. In his debut game as a Rome Brave, Bryce Ball was 3-5 with a double.
Rome and Asheville continue their three game series on Tuesday evening. Game 2 from McCormick Field is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Rome will start RHP Jose Olague (9-6, 3.93) while Asheville starts RHP Eris Filpo (2-0, 2.70).
Rome Braves (25-25, 55-64) 6 R 14 H 4 E
Asheville Tourists (28-22, 57-63) 11 R 11 H 2 E
W: Alexander Martinez (6-4)
L: Alan Rangel (9-7)
–Next up: At Asheville, today-Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.
-Roster moves: Rome Braves outfielder Drew Campbell has been placed on the Injured List. In corresponding moves, first baseman Bryce Ball has been promoted to Single-A Rome from R-Danville. Ball, 21, was selected by the Braves in the 24th round of the 2019 draft out of Dallas Baptist University. In 63 games at Dallas Baptist this season, Ball posted a .325 batting average with 12 doubles, 18 home runs and 54 RBI. He made his professional debut with the Danville Braves where he’s put up a .324 average with 12 doubles and 13 homers through 41 games. The Rome roster has 25 active players, 1 restricted and 4 injured.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
- 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 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: Today-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 (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 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
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.
Saturday: The Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower 5K Race and 2-mile Health Walk returns to Heritage Park on Saturday 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