Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. USA Track & Field event expects to draw big crowd in Rome June 23-26. Rome Braves edged 6-5. Atlanta Braves fall again in late innings, 4-3.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. USA Track & Field event expects to draw big crowd in Rome June 23-26. Rome Braves edged 6-5. Atlanta Braves fall again in late innings, 4-3.

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.

Rome’s Office of Tourism and Rome Sports announce the 2021 USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships will be held June 23-26 at  Barron Stadium and the throw center on Riverside Parkway. It is expected to draw participants from across the United States; 8,000 student athletes have registered for the event. They will stay in Rome and surrounding communities. Athletes will participate in running, throwing, and jumping events daily. Daily admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 7-12 and free for children 6 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the Barron Stadium Box Office Monday, June 21 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Tuesday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the box office will also be open daily during the event. For more information about the event, visit USATF.org


BASEBALL

LaDonna Collins and her son delivered the first pitch. Photo by Mills Fitzner. For more, please click gallery.

 

The Rome Braves edged 6-5 by Ashville Tourists. Media release: A ninth-inning score served as the difference tonight, as the Asheville Tourists (14-18) knocked off the Rome Braves (17-16) 6-5 at State Mutual Stadium. Asheville never trailed in the matchup, utilizing a quick start and solid middle innings to hold on for the one-run triumph. This gives the Tourists their first win in Game 3 of the week-long series against the R-Braves.

Following a scoreless first inning, Asheville erupted for three runs in the top of the second. Rome finally found its response with a three-run third inning. Beau Philip scored on a wild pitch before a Cody Milligan double drove in Shean Michel. Later in the inning, Michael Harris II reached on an RBI single that scored Milligan from second base. The Tourists added two runs in the fifth to control a 5-3 advantage. The Braves got one run back in the bottom of the fifth, as another RBI single from Harris brought in Michel. Asheville scored again in the top of the ninth, pushing their lead to two runs. Shean Michel tallied his first long ball of the season and just the second of his career in the bottom of the ninth, but the Braves failed to tie it up and fell 6-5 on Thursday night.
Michel has struggled at the plate this season, but the outfielder put together his most memorable offensive performance of the year against Asheville. Michel finished 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored, and one run batted in. This huge performance did not come without an obstacle, though, for the Willemstad, Curacao, native. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Michel stumbled after tweaking his ankle while baserunning. The 23-year-old toughed it out, remained in the game, and recorded a great day offensively.
The only Braves pitcher to deny a run to the Tourists was reliver Trey Riley. The John A. Logan College product surrendered just one baserunner in two innings pitched. Starter Jake McSteen (1ER in 2IP), Davis Schwab (2ER in 3IP), and Indigo Diaz (1ER in 2IP) could not prevent the Asheville offense from scoring. Schwab picked up the loss on Thursday night and now has an 0-1 record in 2021.
  • Up next:  Tonight at State Mutual Stadium vs. the Asheville Tourists; 7 p.m. first pitch; 6 p.m Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday).
  • Mills Fitzner’s home game photos.
  • Roster moves: Rome Braves right-handed pitcher Tanner Gordon has been sent to Low-A Augusta. Gordon tallied an 0-2 record and accumulated a 5.82 ERA in 21.2 innings pitched for Rome.The Rome roster has 29 active players, 3 injured, and 1 inactive. Roster

Atlanta Braves went to the 10th vs. the Phillies; took the lead but lost 4-3. It was the second walk-off win for Philadelphia in a row.

  • Next:   At Marlins: 7:10 p.m. Friday, 4:10 p.m. Saturday, 1:10 p.m. Sunday. Off Monday.
  • Roster: 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Some dates to remember for local, state college teams:


ATLANTA FALCONS

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.


ATLANTA HAWKS

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

The Atlanta Hawks announced that their Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 3 showdown against the Philadelphia 76ers set for tonight has officially sold out. Game 4 on Monday, June 14 is rapidly approaching a sell-out.


COLLEGES

Berry Athletics announces assistant baseball coach Kellen Greer as the new head baseball coach at Southern Athletic Association peer, Oglethorpe University. 


COMMUNITY

Saturday: Cave Spring Festival Road Race. https://www.wire2wirerunning.com/ 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: John9897@gmail.com 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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