COVID, not just the rain, cancel Sunday’s season finale between the Rome Braves and Hickory Crawdads. Next game: April 12 at State Mutual Stadium.

COVID, not just the rain, cancel Sunday’s season finale between the Rome Braves and Hickory Crawdads. Next game: April 12 at State Mutual Stadium.

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The tarp over the field at State Mutual Stadium billows a bit Saturday evening as the expected showdown with the Rome Braves and Hickory Crawdads was canceled by wet field conditions. Sunday’s game was iffy at best — and then news of a COVID outbreak among the visiting team. Photo by Mills Fitzner.

 

Rome Braves see season end with a COVID cancellation. This was supposed to be a big weekend for Rome Braves’ fans. With the 2020 season canceled by COVID, a 120-game schedule got under way in May with almost all games played. There were a few rainouts, including the grand finale fireworks set for after Saturday night’s game.
Rain washed out that option so it came down to Sunday’s 2 p.m. first pitch with the Crawdads. It would be the final nine innings before the 2022 season begins in April. And while constant drizzle put Sunday’s plans in jeopardy, it was something else that forced the cancellation: COVID. 
Issues with the visiting Crawdads triggered baseball’s pandemic protocols, canceling the finale. The Trash Pandas in Huntsville saw their final series canceled for the same reason.
The Rome Braves’ official notice and refund offer is below. Next home game: April 12 vs. Hudson Valley at State Mutual Stadium. 
The Braves end 2021 with a 56-60 record with four names not played (rain, COVID). That’s fourth place in the High A southern division, capping Rome’s first year in the next rung up in baseball’s hierachy after all those years in the low A South Atlantic League (including two titles won by Rome).
The official word: Sunday’s game has been canceled to allow for additional testing and contract tracing within the Hickory Crawdads’ organization. We are adhering to Minor League Baseball’s health and safety protocols and will practice caution as we follow the guidance of experts.
Fans with tickets purchased through Ticketmaster will receive a full refund from their purchase. All other ticket purchasers should contact their original point of purchase. For information, or to contact the Rome Braves box office call 706-378-5144.
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