Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves fall 7-2; close season today at 1 p.m. vs. Asheville. John McClellan’s high school picks for Friday. Latest high school rankings. Local, state college games this Saturday.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves fall 7-2; close season today at 1 p.m. vs. Asheville. John McClellan’s high school picks for Friday. Latest high school rankings. Local, state college games this Saturday.

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.



Brendan Venter rounds third with a home run and is congratulated by Coach Wigberto Nevarez. Photo by Mills Fitzner.


Rome Braves fall 7-2 to Asheville in penultimate game of the season.  Media release: Following an uplifting comeback win on Saturday evening the Braves fell to the Tourists 7-2 Sunday in Game 3 of the series. Asheville got strong starting pitching from Colten Schmidt and a late blast from league RBI leader Coco Montes. Despite their victory, Asheville was eliminated from postseason contention Sunday night when Augusta beat Columbia, making the GreenJackets second-half Southern Division champions.

Asheville led throughout the afternoon, scoring two runs in the 3rd inning and another in the 5th against Rome starter LHP Dilmer Mejia. Down 3-0 to the Tourists, the Braves offense picked up the pace. Brendan Venter ripped a long solo homer out to left to make it 3-1. It was Venter’s sixth homer of the season.

In the 6th inning Rome drew closer as Michael Harris delivered an infield RBI single to score Jeremy Fernandez and make it 3-2. The Braves would strand the tying run at third base and the go-ahead run at first as the inning ended on a popup. Rome did not have a base-runner in the final 3 innings.

Asheville put things out of reach in the 9th inning with four runs, punctuated by a three run homer from Montes out to left into the Braves bullpen which made it 7-2.

Venter finished the game 1-2 with a solo homer and was hit by a pitch. Shea Langeliers went 2-4 with a double. Fernandez was 1-4 and scored a run. Harris was 1-4 with an RBI.

Venter, Harris and Fernandez have hit safely in every game of the series.

Mejia took the loss in his final start of the season. The Nicaraguan lefty threw 6 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. He struck out four and walked two.

Rome and Asheville conclude their four game series as well as their 2019 seasons on Monday afternoon. First pitch of Game 4 from State Mutual Stadium is scheduled for 1 pm. Rome is expected to start RHP Victor Vodnik (1-3, 3.03) while Asheville starts LHP Nick Bush (8-9, 3.97).

Calvin Askew performs the National Anthem prior to Sunday’s game at State Mutual Stadium. Photo by Mills Fitzner.

Rome Braves (35-34, 65-73)                           2 R        5 H      0 E

Asheville Tourists (38-31, 67-72)                   7 R       10 H     0 E

W: Colten Schmidt (6-4)

L: Dilmer Mejia (8-5)

Time: 2:45

Attendance: 1,721    

  • Next up:  Final game of the season, today at 1 p.m. vs. Asheville.
  • Rome Braves’ 2020 season schedule; open at home with seven-game stretch on April 9. Plus: Braves host all-star game in June. Rome Braves 2020
Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive / From Sunday’s game
Atlanta Braves: Latest updates @ Atlanta


John McClellan: Another rough Friday for Floyd County teams? Big wins for Rome, Darlington, Cartersville, Calhoun. McClellan
No change in high school rankings: Rockmart no. 1 in 2A, Cartersville no. 2 in 4A, Calhoun no. 3 in 3A, Darlington no. 4 in A-Private and Rome no. 6 in 5A.  Rankings


  • Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Next: South Florida at Georgia Tech, Saturday, 2 p.m. Jackets
  • Georgia Bulldogs. Next: Murray State at Georgia, Saturday, 4 p.m. TV: ESPN 2. Radio: WSB 95.5 FM.  Bulldogs
  • Berry College Vikings open the 2019 season at Maryville on Saturday. 2 p.m. kickoff. Vikings
  • Shorter Hawks begin the season at East Tennessee State on Saturday. Hawks


  • The Atlanta Falcons. Next: Season opener at Minnesota at 1 p.m. Sunday on Fox.  Falcons


Rome Floyd Parks & Recreation starting Adult Men’s Flag Football League: Fresh off the success of the Men’s Summer Basketball League, Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation would like to announce registration is about to open for our brand new Men’s Flag Football League. Registration for the league opens on Tuesday, Sept. 3 and runs through Tuesday, Sept. 24. Players need to be 18 and older and out of high school. Cost is $500 per team. Those wishing to play but not yet on a team can sign up as an individual player for $60. Teams will consist of seven to 16 players with the season beginning in October. For more information, please contact Jay Houston via email at
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