Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Junior Home Run Derby, Pitch, Hit and Run Competitions coming to Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation. Meet the 11 teams joining the Rome Braves in the High A East this season. Atlanta now 0-4 on new season; double-header today vs. Washington.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Junior Home Run Derby, Pitch, Hit and Run Competitions coming to Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation. Meet the 11 teams joining the Rome Braves in the High A East this season. Atlanta now 0-4 on new season; double-header today vs. Washington.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports

Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Drive-through, curbside and Door Dash.
Mount Berry Mall, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (curbside, carryout, Door Dash). Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday.

Calling all home run hitters, baseball and softball stars. Is your kid the next Chipper Jones? Charlie Culberson? Jennie Finch?
Coming this April, Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation and Darlington School play host to two of Major League Baseball’s youth events:
  • The Jr. Home Run Derby
  • Pitch, Hit and Run Competition for Rome and Floyd County.
Boys and girls show off their skills and abilities in these free and fun competitions at the local level with the opportunity to advance and compete at the regional level.
Hit it out of the park with the Jr. Home Run Derby on Wednesday, April 21 at Darlington School with first pitch set for 5 p.m. Kids age 14 and under compete in the Jr. Home Run Derby showing off their slugging skills. Awards given to the top competitors of the two age groups: 12U and 14U. Register for the Jr. Home Run Derby today at rfpra.com/jrhd.
The Pitch, Hit and Run Competition is the one for you to show off your all around baseball skills. Set to take place on Wednesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. boys and girls age 14 and under compete at the Alto Park Complex to see who has the most accurate strike in the game, furthest hit from a stationary tee, and quickest base running times from starting at home plate to finishing at home plate. Local winners can advance to the regional level competition. Register today to show off your baseball skills at rfpra.com/pitchhitrun.
For all the details on these two events or to register, visit our web site at rfpra.com. Registration must be done prior to event day. Both competitions age cut off is July 17, 2021. For more information, contact Jeremiah Blanton at BlantonS@floydcountyga.org.

BASEBALL

With opening day less than a month away, Minor League Baseball is taking a closer look at the new setup for teams, including the Rome Braves. Now the “high A” affiliate of the Atlanta Braves’ farm system, Rome will join six other South Atlantic League teams being promoted to the new High A East, which stretches from Georgia to New York.

The report, which profiles the dozen members, starts as follows. For the rest, please click here:

A mashup of members from the Carolina, South Atlantic and New York-Penn Leagues, this 12-team circuit spans eight states with a geographic footprint that stretches from New York to Georgia.

Of the dozen, only Wilmington and Winston-Salem remain at the same level from previous years as former participants in the Carolina League. In fact, a vast majority of the High-A East clubs — Asheville, Lakewood, Bowling Green, Greensboro, Greenville, Hickory and Rome — are moving up a level, since all seven come aboard from the Class A Sally League.

The other three teams — Aberdeen, Brooklyn and Hudson Valley –– jump two levels from their previous standing as Class A Short Season teams. Of course, that also means Opening Day will come earlier for that trio, which had been accustomed to starting play in mid-June.

And about that Rome Braves’ snapshot? Here you go:

  • Affiliate: Atlanta Braves (since 2003)
  • Location: Rome, Georgia (69 miles from Truist Park)
  • Ballpark: State Mutual Stadium (opened April 6, 2003)
  • Established: 2003 (previous Rome clubs date back to 1903)
  • Previous league: Class A South Atlantic League
  • Last championship: 2016 (we’ll add that the first was the inaugural year, 2003).
  • Did you know? Hall of Famers Tom Glavine, Chipper Jones and John Smoltz all made rehab appearances with the R-Braves. (And we’ll add that Brian McCann, Jeff Francoeur, Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward all made some of their first noise in Rome as did Max Fried and Mike Soroka).

Rome Braves 2021 season:

  • Season starts May 4 on the road; home opener is May 18 vs. Bowling Green. 2021 schedule
Atlanta Braves fall to 0 and 4 on the season; Nationals wins, 6-5.

  • Today: Double header vs. Washington, 12:05 p.m.
  • Home opener: Friday, April 9, 7:20 p.m. vs. Phillies. Crowd: 33% capacity.

Major League Baseball announced that the 2021 All-Star Game and its surrounding events will be hosted by the Colorado Rockies. The national broadcast of the All-Star Game on FOX will be held on Tuesday, July 13. Baseball’s 91st Midsummer Classic will be the second ever in Denver, joining the 1998 event at Coors Field.

The Draft is still expected to be held as part of the All-Star festivities, and is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, July 11, at a to-be-determined venue in Denver.

MLB chose the Rockies because they were already in the bidding process to host a future All-Star Game. The Rockies had supplied a detailed plan for hotel, event space and security that took months to assemble, and MLB staff had already made several site visits to Denver. In addition, Governor Jared Polis and Mayor Michael Hancock have both committed to provide the necessary facilities and services needed to support this year’s festivities.

Though the game will no longer take place in Atlanta, the 2021 Midsummer Classic — scheduled for Tuesday, July 13 — will still celebrate the memory of the late Hank Aaron, an Atlanta icon who passed away on Jan. 22. MLB will also move forward with planned investments to support local communities in Atlanta as part of the All-Star Legacy Projects.


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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SEC Spring Football Games on April 17:
  • 1 p.m., Alabama on ESPN.
  • 2 p.m., Georgia on SEC Network.

Georgia Tech spring game April 23:

  •  6 p.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium; ACC Network.

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