Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Atlanta Braves deliver opening statement with 6-2 win to start World Series. Next game tonight at 8 on Fox. This Friday’s high school football schedule; Calhoun at Cartersville on TV. Berry at home, Shorter on the road this Saturday.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Atlanta Braves deliver opening statement with 6-2 win to start World Series. Next game tonight at 8 on Fox. This Friday’s high school football schedule; Calhoun at Cartersville on TV. Berry at home, Shorter on the road this Saturday.

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.

HIGH SCHOOL

 

John McClellan’s high school picks:

  • Closer look at post-season playoffs plus who will win this Friday. McClellan.

This week’s games and notes:

  • Pepperell at Chattooga
  • Gordon Lee  at Armuchee
  • Douglas County at Rome
  • Walker at Darlington
  • Fannin County at Coosa
  • Unity Christian School at Lanier Christian Academy.
  • Calhoun at Cartersville (7:30 p.m., Georgia Public Broadcasting).
  • Blessed Trinity at Cass
  • Cedartown at Central of Carroll
  • Adairsville at North Murray
  • Rockmart at LaFayette
  • Woodland at Hiram
  • Mt. Zion at Trion
  • Sonoraville at Ringgold
  • Dade County at Gordon Central
  • Off this week: Model.

BASEBALL

The Atlanta Braves take game one, 6-2, but lose Charlie Morton. Media release: Reliable pliability is how the 88-win Braves reached this 2021 World Series. And it’s the quality they summoned again against the Astros in a 6-2 victory in Game 1 on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park that left both teams facing questions about what comes next.

In keeping with the theme of their season, the Braves got huge home runs in Game 1 from two of the outfielders acquired in the mad Trade Deadline dash to replace the lost production of injured star Ronald Acuña Jr., with Jorge Soler becoming the first player to hit a true leadoff home run in the World Series and with Adam Duvall launching a two-run shot to the Crawford Boxes in left in the third inning.

And now, with the Astros always a threat to erupt offensively, it will likely take a village of arms for Atlanta to account for the substantial loss of Game 1 starter Charlie Morton to a fractured right fibula suffered on a comebacker — an injury that stretched the Braves’ bullpen on this night and will test it the rest of the way.

“We’ve been through this many times this year,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker, “losing key components to our club. I mean, really key components. We’re going to continue. It’s not going to be an excuse or anything else. We’re going to go out and continue to try and win games.”

Atlanta ably absorbed Morton’s unexpectedly early departure in the third inning, thanks to A.J. Minter’s emergency effectiveness in the longest outing (by pitches, 43) of his big league career. But even in losing the opener, perhaps the Astros will find an opening if the innings grow more difficult for the Braves, who needed Minter, Luke JacksonTyler Matzek and Will Smith to cover 6 2/3 innings in Game 1.

 Max Fried will take the ball for the Braves in Game 2 of the World Series against the Astros on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park and fulfill a childhood dream. The lefty is determined to embrace the moment, but his success will be contingent on his ability to control it.

“When I have more of a pitch-by-pitch mentality instead of an at-bat to an at-bat mentality, things can speed up on you a little bit,” Fried said. “To be able to take a deep breath and know that if I make this pitch right here is all I really can control in the moment, and then be able to just kind of go from there.”

Fried threw six scoreless innings against the Brewers in Game 2 of the National League Division Series in Milwaukee and threw another solid six in the Braves’ 3-2 victory against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series. He wasn’t nearly as sharp the next time out in Atlanta’s 11-2 loss in Game 5.

THE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, Oct. 27
• Braves at Astros, Game 2 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Thursday, Oct. 28
• Travel Day

Friday, Oct. 29
• Astros at Braves, Game 3 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Oct. 30
• Astros at Braves, Game 4 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Sunday, Oct. 31
• Astros at Braves, Game 5* (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*

Tuesday, Nov. 2
• Braves at Astros, Game 6* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, Nov. 3
• Braves at Astros, Game 7* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)


 

Next:  Sunday at home vs. Carolina, 1 p.m.,  Fox 5,  92.9 FM.

Roster: The Falcons have released WR Keelan Doss from the practice squad and have signed DL Nick Thurman to the practice squad.

NFL/local players

  • Next: Saturday at home vs. Birmingham-Southern, 3  p.m.

Shorter Hawks

  • Next: Saturday at Delta State, 3 p.m.

State teams:

Georgia Bulldogs

  • Next: Saturday, Florida at Jacksonville, 3:30 p.m., CBS
  • SEC Schedule

Georgia Tech 

  • Next:  Saturday, home vs. Virginia Tech, noon.
  • ACC Schedule.

COMMUNITY SPORTS

Basketball bonus registration day this Saturday: Basketball season is right around the corner. Registration is now open for the winter season, and Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation is hosting a special registration day at our headquarters at 1 Shorter Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 30, from noon to 4 p.m.
Swing by the office to get your child registered for a fun-filled basketball season. RFPRA staff members will be on site to assist with registration and answer any questions. For more information about the season or to register online, visit our website at rfpra.com.
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