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Rome Braves’ late-season surge continues with 3-2, 11-inning win over Dash. Media release: The R-Braves (51-56) netted an extra-innings victory in Sunday’s series-finale over the Winston-Salem Dash (39-68). Rome came from behind to force extras, then walked it off with a game-winning sacrifice fly by Drew Campbell in the eleventh inning.
Both sides started the scoring early. Winston-Salem scored the game’s first run in the top of the first, then Rome responded with an RBI double from Riley Delgado the following half-inning. Delgado’s big hit drove in Cody Milligan to tie it up. After four scoreless innings, the Dash added another run to take a 2-1 advantage. Fortunately for the home crowd, Shean Michel knotted things up once again with a solo blast above the batter’s eye, his fourth homer of the season, to make it a 2-2 ballgame.
Neither side threatened in the ninth frame, sending the game into extras. Although the Dash and R-Braves found themselves with a runner at third in the tenth inning, the two offenses were unsuccessful in driving in the go-ahead run. After Benjamin Dum kept things scoreless in the top of the eleventh, a sacrifice fly from Drew Campbell allowed Milligan to touch home plate and lift Rome to a 3-2 victory.
Delgado led the team in hits, going 2-for-4 with one double and an RBI. Michel (1-for-5, HR, RBI, R) was the only other R-Brave to tally a hit on Sunday afternoon. Milligan, who finished 0-for-4, scored twice in the victory.
Mitch Stallings produced one of his best starts of the season, going five innings and allowing just one earned run on four hits. The Duke alum struck out five and issued no walks. Coleman Huntley pitched four innings and surrendered one run one three hits while striking out four. Dum earned the win (1-1; 1BB, 1K) after tossing two scoreless frames in extra innings.
With Sunday’s win, the R-Braves finish with five wins in this six-game series. Rome, winners of five-in-a-row, is now five games below .500 with a 51-56 record.
What’s next: Off Monday. In Asheville Tuesday through Sept. 12. Final home series begins Sept. 14 vs. Hickory (seven games).
The Atlanta Braves split series with Rockies, two games each. Atlanta wins finale, 9-2. Media release: The Braves won nine straight games from Aug. 13-22, all on the road. Atlanta was hot, having won 16 of 19 in August to that point to surge into first place in the National League East. But when the Braves got back home, they dropped three of five to the Yankees and the Giants.
Then the Braves embarked on a seven-game road trip that concluded on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field. Entering the series finale against the Rockies, Atlanta had lost five of six on the trip, and eight of 11 overall. Still clinging to a slim two-game division lead over the Phillies, the Braves needed a win.
Atlanta got what it needed in a 9-2 victory behind seven sparkling innings from Charlie Morton and home runs from Ozzie Albies, Adam Duvall, Travis d’Arnaud and Austin Riley.
Morton was brilliant on a day on which the Braves’ bullpen needed a breather — it had pitched 13 1/3 innings in the first three games of the four-game series. Morton gave up two runs on just two hits, walking two and striking out four on 89 pitches.
What’s next: Off Monday; host Nationals Tuesday-Thursday.
Roster: Tanner Roark cleared waivers and elected free agency The Braves signed Roark to a Minor League contract back on May 11 after he was released by the Blue Jays. He pitched well for Triple-A Gwinnett this season, mostly as a reliever. In 24 appearances (three starts), he pitched to a 2.14 ERA over 46 1/3 innings. Roark, who turns 35 on Oct. 5, was once a starter on the rise with the Nationals and has a career 3.85 ERA.
John McClellan’s high school picks: In prime time TV games this week, 7-point wins for Rome, Cartersville. Rough night for Darlington? McClellan
Update on Darlington’s Tate Ratledge from DawgNation: “Georgia offensive guard Tate Ratledge will miss the rest of the season on account of the foot injury he suffered on the first series of the 10-3 win over Clemson. Ratledge, who was making his first career start Saturday night at Bank of America Stadium, was injured on the fifth offensive play of the game. When he returned to the sideline in the second half, he had a protective boot on and was using crutches. Ratledge is scheduled for Lisfranc surgery on Wednesday, DawgNation has confirmed.”
Sept. 25: Power Dash returns. Pull out your cape, mask, best superhero pose and of course your running or walking shoes, grab some glowing bracelets and necklaces and get ready for the 2021 edition of the POWERADE Power Dash 5K and Glow Walk. The race returns to Ridge Ferry Park on Saturday, Sept. 25, with a new twist. This year, the race and walk begin later in the evening and the course will feature lots of glowing goodness turning the event into a fun glowtastic run and walk. Expanded details
Oct. 4: Habitat for Humanity – Coosa Valley will host the second annual Drive One FORE Habitat golf tournament in celebration of World Habitat Day on Monday, Oct. 4. The tournament will be held at Stonebridge Golf Club and registration is open and sponsor opportunities are still available to local businesses.
Hole Sponsor – $150
Team Entry – $300
Team & Hole Sponsor – $400
Event Sponsor – $500 (Limited available)
Presenting Sponsor – $2,500 (One available)
All proceeds go toward our current home builds in South and North Rome. With your support, families can build strength, stability and independence with Habitat for Humanity by building a safe and secure place to call home. For more information, check out our website, www.habitatcoosavalley.org or call 706.378.0030.
Oct. 8: From Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation: A long-standing golf tradition returns to the links at Stonebridge Golf Course on Friday, Oct. 8 as the Willard Nixon Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament sponsored by Rome Orthopedic Center tees off.
The event features a four-man scramble with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Team entry fees are $325. The fee covers all greens fees, cart fees, range balls and a pre-event lunch. All money raised from the golf tournament goes to help fund the ROC Pinson Family Student Athlete Scholarship. These scholarships recognize college-bound male and female seniors from seven local schools that have excelled in athletics, academics and public service during their school career. Along with team fees, hole sponsorships are being offered for $100 per hole.
This event also features several golfers who are members of the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame, allowing others the chance to see and talk to some local sports legends. The scholarship has helped distribute more than $20,000 in scholarship money to local students for more than 20 years.
For more information or to download the entry form, please visit rfpra.com.