Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves shell Crawdads, 8-1; also players of the week; latest roster moves. Atlanta Braves clipped 5-4 by Rockies. Links to high school, college, Atlanta Falcons’ football.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rome Braves shell Crawdads, 8-1; also players of the week; latest roster moves. Atlanta Braves clipped 5-4 by Rockies. Links to high school, college, Atlanta Falcons’ football.

Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Self-serve, drive-through, curbside, Door Dash.
Mount Berry Mall, 7 a.m. curbside breakfast; 9 a.m. inside; open until 8:30 p.m. Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday.


The Rome Braves’ Vaughn Grissom tags the runner out at second. Photo by Mills Fitzner. For more photos, please click Gallery
BASEBALL
Rome Braves open final series with 8-1 win over Crawdads. Media release: Dominant pitching secured a series-opening victory for the Rome Braves (55-59) Tuesday night. The Braves crushed the visiting Hickory Crawdads (45-67) 8-1 at State Mutual Stadium in the first of six games this week.

Rome opened the scoring in the bottom of the first as a sac fly from Vaughn Grissom drove in Riley Delgado. They doubled their lead in the third when a double steal allowed Michael Harris II to touch home plate. The R-Braves continued their strong offensive attack in the fourth inning. Delgado singled to bring in Javier Valdes, and Garrett Saunders scored on an RBI single by Harris. The 4-0 lead was doubled in the sixth and seventh frames. In the sixth, an RBI double from Harris drove in Valdes and an error let two more runs score. A Saunders single brought home Drew Campbell in the seventh to make it an 8-0 ballgame. Although Hickory would rally to score a run in the top of the ninth, it was too little, too late, leading to a Rome Braves victory.
Harris led the offense on the day, going 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored. Valdes was 2-for-4 with two runs and Saunders finished 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. Delgado (1-4, 2 R, RBI), Grissom (1-3, RBI), Campbell (1-4, R), and Jesse Franklin V (1-4) also recorded hits against the Crawdads.
Tanner Gordon produced his best start of the season by throwing six innings of scoreless baseball. He received the win, improving his season record to 2-4, after allowing just five hits and striking out six Hickory batters. Zach Daniels tossed two frames of scoreless baseball as well and tallied two K’s. Justin Yeager surrendered a run in the ninth inning but battled back and recorded the final three outs.
Tuesday was Public Safety/First Responders Night at the Rome Braves. For a separate gallery from Mills Fitzner, please click here.
  • What’s next:  Today through Sunday vs. Hickory.
  • Rome Braves release 2022 season schedule, including April 8 start and home for Independence Day. Expanded release.
  • Roster moves:  The Rome Braves announce three roster moves.
    Catcher Carlos Martinez has been promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett. Martinez, who was added to Rome’s active roster from Double-A Mississippi’s Developmental List on Aug. 10, hit .272 with one homer and 14 RBI in 23 games with the R-Braves. The Cartagena, Colombia, native has spent time with Rome, Mississippi, and Gwinnett this season.
    In corresponding moves, catcher Cesar Rodriguez has been activated from Rome’s Developmental List and right-handed pitcher Dylan Spain has been promoted from Low-A Augusta.
    Rodriguez, a 20-year-old backstop from Venezuela, signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves in June. He joined High-A Rome on Aug. 11 before being transferred to the Developmental List on Aug. 17. Rodriguez has not played in a game since an Aug. 7 contest with the FCL Braves.
    Spain, Atlanta’s tenth-round pick this summer out of Hawaii-Hilo, advances to High-A after playing for the FCL Braves and Low-A Augusta. He has yet to allow a run in eight appearances with Atlanta affiliates this season. Spain was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings pitched with the GreenJackets.
    The Rome roster now has 30 active, 4 injured, and 0 inactive players.

Rome Braves weekly player honors:

  • Starting Pitcher of the Week: Right-hander Darius Vines continued a string of strong outings last week, and for that he has been named the Rome Braves Starting Pitcher of the Week. The Cal State Bakersfield product got the start in Thursday’s extra-innings victory. Vines allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks in five innings pitched. He finished with a WHIP of 1.10 and struck out six Tourist batters.
  • Relief Pitcher of the Week: Jake Higginbotham earned the title of Relief Pitcher of the Week for his efforts against the Tourists. The Buford, Ga., native had two relief appearances for the R-Braves last week. Higginbotham received credit for a hold on Wednesday after surrendering just one walk and one hit in 1 2/3 innings. He returned on Sunday to strike out the side in the seventh inning and give Rome’s offense a chance to battle back in the series finale. Higginbotham denied Asheville any runs in those two appearances and finished with six strikeouts, a perfect 0.00 ERA, and a WHIP of 0.75.
  • Offensive Hitter of the Week: Vaughn Grissom’s fantastic week in Asheville allowed him to take home Offensive Hitter of the Week honors. The 20-year-old infielder hit played in all six games against the Tourists. He hit .400 with two doubles, one home run, six RBI, and nine runs. Grissom was also walked seven times in North Carolina. His on-base percentage of .536 and slugging percentage of .650 combined to make for an outstanding OPS of 1.186. The Orlando, Fla., native and 2019 eleventh-round pick is now hitting .414 in nine games with High-A Rome since getting promoted from Augusta on Sept. 2.

The Atlanta Braves edged by Rockies, 5-4. Media release: Considering how Touki Toussaint pitched in a 5-4 loss to the Rockies on Tuesday night at Truist Park, it might not be comforting for Braves fans to realize that their team needs to use the fifth spot of its rotation three more times this season.

But it may be encouraging to know Toussaint might not get another start.

“At this point in time, everybody is an option,” manager Brian Snitker said.

Toussaint’s inability to extend the success he created in late July and August has created reason to wonder whether he should have been given the rotation spot that opened when Drew Smyly was removed at the start of this month.

Perfection and dominance certainly aren’t expected from the back end of the rotation. But as the Braves attempt to win a fourth straight NL East race, they certainly could use some stability from the fifth spot of the rotation. They did at least gain some assistance from the second-place Phillies, who remain 4 1/2 games back after losing to the Cubs on Tuesday.

  • What’s next: Host Rockies through Thursday.
  • Roster: RHP Chris Martin is beginning his major league rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett.


HIGH SCHOOL
John McClellan’s high school picks: Rome to rebound; Ws for all the ranked local teams; first win of the season for Pepperell. McClellan.
This Friday’s games:

  • Class 6A Number 8 Rome (2-1, 0-0) at South Paulding (2-1, 0-0)
  • Heritage of Catoosa (2-0) at Class A Private Number 10 Darlington (2-1)
  • Temple (0-2) at Pepperell (0-3)
  • Southeast Whitfield (1-3) at Armuchee (2-0)
  • Praise Academy (2-1) at Unity Christian School (2-1)
  • Cherokee (2-2) at Class 5A Number 3 Cartersville (3-0)
  • Ridgeland (1-3) at Cass (2-2)
  • Woodland (1-3) v. Chamblee (3-1) at North DeKalb Stadium
  • Class 5A Number 7 Calhoun (2-1) at Woodstock (0-4)
  • Rockmart (2-1, 1-0) at Sonoraville (2-0, 0-0)
  • Gordon Central (0-3) at Gordon Lee (1-2)
  • Class 4A Number 6 Cedartown (2-0) at Heard County (3-1)
  • Cedar Bluff (Ala.) (2-0) at Trion (3-0)
  • Chattooga (0-2) at Heritage of Newnan (0-2)
  • Off this week: Adairsville (3-0), Coosa (0-3),  Model (1-3)


COMMUNITY SPORTS
Time is running out to register for this year’s POWERADE Power Dash 5K and Glow Walk but everyone is in luck as half-off week has arrived. If you haven’t registered, now is the perfect time because walkers can now register for $10 and runners can now register for $12.50. Registration is happening now at runsignup.com or at 1 Shorter Ave. The race and glow walk are set for Saturday, Sept. 25 at Ridge Ferry Park with the 5K beginning at approximately 7:15 p.m. followed by the glow walk at 7:35 p.m. The race and walk will both have measures in place to mitigate the spread of COVID. The event also features a flat, fast course that serves as Peachtree qualifier along with the added fun of lots of lights and glowing arches marking the trails and cool age group awards along with plenty of ice cold POWERADE and water at the finish. Regular registration ends Sunday, Sept. 19 at 11 p.m. Packet pick-up and late registration is set for Thursday, Sept. 23 and Friday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Parks and Recreation headquarters at 1 Shorter Ave. For more information, visit rfpra.com/powerdash.
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.

 

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