Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Rome Braves take two from visiting Tourists. Atlanta Braves fall in walkoff by Phillies. State athletic directors remember Phil Jones.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Rome Braves take two from visiting Tourists. Atlanta Braves fall in walkoff by Phillies. State athletic directors remember Phil Jones.

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.


Cody Milligan signs autographs before the game. Photo by Mills Fitzner. For more, please click here.


The Rome Braves and Asheville Tourists . Media release: The Rome Braves (17-15) took both games of a Wednesday night doubleheader against the Asheville Tourists (13-18). Rome won Game 1 8-4 before knocking off Asheville 5-3 in a seven-inning affair in Game 2.

Game 1, Rome wins 8-4: The first game of this week-long set against the Tourists started on Tuesday evening. Rome led 5-0 when play was suspended in the top of the third inning, and the remainder of the nine-inning contest was finished on Wednesday night. Rome added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth when Bryce Ball scored on a wild pitch. Though Asheville would respond with three runs in the sixth and one run in the eighth, the R-Braves successfully pulled away with a two-run bottom of the eighth thanks to a fielding error and a wild pitch.
Bryce Elder started the game on Tuesday, striking out three batters and allowing just one hit in 2 1/3 innings. Shuster started the continued game on Wednesday night, surrendering three earned runs on six hits in three innings. The first-round pick did receive the win against Asheville. Mitch Stallings (2.2IP, 2H, 1BB, 1ER) earned a hold while Kasey Kalich (1BB, 1K) recorded the final three outs.
Game 2, Rome wins 5-3: The visiting Tourists struck for three runs in the top of the first inning, but that is all their offense would muster in Wednesday’s nightcap. The Braves responded with two runs the following half-inning, as a Rusber Estrada sacrifice fly brought home Kevin Josephina and a wild pitch allowed Bryce Ball to touch home plate. Rome tied it in the fourth when a sacrifice fly scored Shean Michel. Later in that inning, the Braves took their first lead when a two-out throwing error let Garrett Saunders score. Jesse Franklin V then belted his fourth home run of the 2021 season in the fifth inning, putting an exclamation point on the Rome win.
Coleman Huntley III earned the start and allowed three earned runs in the first inning. Zach Daniels (2IP, 1H, 1BB, 1K) provided solid middle-innings relief while Freddy Tarnok (4IP, 0H, 1BB, 8K), who made his season debut, shut down the Tourists late and picked up the win.
Jesse Franklin V shined for the Rome offense between the two games, going 3-for-5 with one home run, two runs scored, and one RBI. The Michigan product is batting .232 on the season and is now tied for the team lead in long balls. The everyday right fielder, who never lacked consistency on defense, is continuing to progress at the plate.
Freddy Tarnok stole the show on Wednesday at State Mutual Stadium. The 22-year-old right-hander saw his first action since 2019 and did not disappoint, tossing four innings of shutout baseball in the doubleheader finale. The Riverview, Fla., native struck out eight and picked up the win in his first appearance of the year. Tarnok will look for more opportunities to perform moving forward with the High-A Braves.
On Thursday night, Rome hosts Asheville for the third of six games this week in Floyd County. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. The game highlight is Thirsty Thursday, as 12oz domestic draft beer and fountain drinks are just $2 each. Unfortunately, the Wing Night promotion offered on previous Thursdays has been suspended until further notice due to the nationwide chicken wing shortage. For ticketing information, visit
  • Up next:  Tonight at State Mutual Stadium vs. the Asheville Tourists; 7 p.m. first pitch Thursday and Friday; 6 p.m Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday).
  • Mills Fitzner’s home game photos.
  • Roster moves: Rome Braves right-handed pitcher Ricky DeVito has been transferred to the Injured List. In a corresponding move, Rome has added right-handed pitcher Freddy Tarnok. Tarnok will wear jersey no. 45. The Rome roster has 30 active players, 3 injured, and 1 inactive. Roster

Atlanta Braves snake bit by walk-off homer in the ninth, 2-1. 

  • Next:   At Phillies; 1:05 this afternoon.
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The Georgia Athletic Directors Association has honored Phil Jones, the founding head coach of Shorter Hawks football who had a storied career in high school athletics before moving to the college level. Jones, who died Dec. 26 at age 74, was inducted posthumously into the association’s Hall of Fame. Remembering the Coach

Another friend of local sports: It was the second time in two years a local sports administrator was honored in such a way. In 2019, Bob Stinchcomb — a fixture at Darlington and several other state high schools before joining Shorter who died at age 59 in April 2018. — was admitted to the hall. Remembering Stinch.


Some dates to remember for local, state college teams:


From the Atlanta Falcons:  

Sept. 12: The Falcons begin the season against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 1 p.m. Fox TV, 92.9 FM.   Falcons’ 2021 schedule.


Hawks host 76ers in best-of-seven series,  teams tied at 1-1. Game 3 at Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. Friday; also on ESPN. Game 4 is Monday, at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m., TNT.


Today: Dellinger Dash in Cartersville. Register. Second annual Dellinger Dash is a 3k (just shy of 2 miles) and for the kids, a “lake lap” (about a quarter-mile). Awards for adult groups, and all kids receive awards for completing the lap.

Saturday: Cave Spring Festival Road Race. Join us June 12 for the 5k , mile or walk. Afterward peruse the arts festival, free with your T-shirt, experience historical attractions, unique culinary and gift experiences . Try the trails, swim or ride the creek, tour the cave or just relax in the cool and beautiful Rolater Park.  For more: 706 331 9753.

June 19: A Race to Remember benefits A Night to Remember Foundation and is a Peachtree Roadrace qualifier. Register here. This  5k travels along the beautiful Etowah and Oostanaula Rivers. Starting and Finishing at the Courtyard Rome Riverwalk, Heroes or Villains costumes encouraged.

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