Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Model falls 5-2 to end season. Darlington names Mallory Collier girls’ lacrosse coach; Garvin Edwards new wrestling coach. Berry baseball’s Spence Johns SAA player of the year. Rome Braves, Atlanta Braves both win.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Model falls 5-2 to end season. Darlington names Mallory Collier girls’ lacrosse coach; Garvin Edwards new wrestling coach. Berry baseball’s Spence Johns SAA player of the year. Rome Braves, Atlanta Braves both win.

Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-9 p.m. self-serve, dining room, drive-through until 10 p.m., 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.


BASEBALL

Rome’s outfielders Cody Milligan, Drew Campbell and Christian Robinson celebrate the win. Photo by Mills Fitzner. Please click for more.

The Rome Braves blank Winston-Salem, 3-0. Media release: Rome would get the offensive party started with a Beau Philip sacrifice fly to center field that would drive in Drew Campbell. The bottom of the fourth would be a mirror image of the second, as Philip would add to the Braves’ lead with another sacrifice fly that drove in  Landon Stephens.

The story of the night would be the rebound of a start from Royber Salinas. It was a tale of two starts for the young right hander on Wednesday night. In his High-A debut, Salinas failed to make it out of the first inning after offering up a grand slam to Greenville. In his first start within the confines of AdventHealth stadium, Salinas would settle into a groove early and not look back. Salinas would go five full innings while only surrendering one hit, one walk, and fanning ten Winston-Salem batters.

Vaughn Grissom would drive in the Braves’ third and final run of the evening, and Austin Smith would slam the door out of the pen and give the Braves their sixteenth win of the season by a score of three runs to none. Royber Salinas records his first win of the season, and Austin Smith would pick up his third save on the 2022 campaign.

Atlanta Braves rebound, top Red Sox 5-3. Off Thursday; home vs. Padres through Sunday. Game updates / Schedule


HIGH SCHOOLS

State high school baseball championships/Georgia Dugout Preview.

5A:  Cartersville vs. Apalachee in Final Four. Cartersville hosts with the double header starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14. The “if” game is slated for 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 16.

4A:  Cedartown vs. LaGrange in Final Four. At La Grange, first pitch is 5 p.m. Saturday.

2A:  Lovett takes series 2-1 over Model. Wednesday’s finale, 5-2 Lovett.

Garvin Edwards has been named head wrestling coach at Darlington School. He will also serve as academic support coordinator in the Teaching and Learning Center.

“I’m so pleased that we are able to provide for our wrestling program a coach with Garvin’s experience, knowledge and connections,” said Athletic Director Eddie Guth. “He is a tremendous worker, determined and dedicated at all times, and I am so glad he is a Tiger.”

With over 30 years of experience in teaching and coaching, Edwards is coming to Darlington from Opelika Middle School, where he served as a P.E. teacher and football coach. Previously, he spent 15 years teaching and coaching at Armuchee Middle School and Armuchee High School, serving as athletic director from 2001-2004, and 14 years at Cartersville Middle School.

During his career as a wrestling coach, Edwards has coached 22 individual state champions, 71 individual state placers and one state championship team. He is a five-time winner of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year Award and was inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2021.

“I want to thank Darlington for giving me the opportunity to become part of their community,” said Edwards. “I am eager and excited to begin this new chapter of my life.”

A graduate of West Rome High School, Edwards was a three-sport athlete who played football, ran track and wrestled. He then attended Berry College, where he earned a B.S. in Physical Education and Health, with an emphasis on K-12.

Click here for more information about Darlington’s wrestling program.

Mallory Collier has been named head girls’ lacrosse coach at Darlington School. She will also serve as an Upper School English teacher.

“I am very excited that Mallory will be leading our girls’ lacrosse team,” said Athletic Director Eddie Guth. “She has great experience, is eager to lead and will do whatever is necessary to provide a great experience for the girls.”

With four years of teaching experience, Collier is coming to Darlington from Pepperell High School, where she taught ninth- and tenth-grade English. She holds a B.A. in English from Berry College and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Counseling and Care with an emphasis in Traumatology at Liberty University.

“I am extremely honored and excited to have been named the varsity head coach for the girls’ lacrosse team at Darlington, and I have high standards and expectations for these girls,” said Collier. “My motto for life and sports is ‘be better’ and I expect that for all of the players and coaches in this program. Go Tigers!”

A graduate of Coosa High School, Collier was a three-sport athlete who played softball, soccer and basketball. After several injuries, she initially chose not to pursue athletics as a student at Berry College. However, she ended up playing lacrosse during her senior year after Berry head women’s lacrosse coach Brittni (Dulaney) Hall (’06), a Darlington alumna, offered her a walk-on spot on the team. Collier went on to play 13 games that year as a defender and fell in love with the sport, as it was a combination of every skill she learned in her three high school sports.

Prior to teaching, she served as the game day director for Berry College Athletics. Collier has a passion for athletics and plans to bring her expertise in both coaching and the administrative side of athletics to the girls’ lacrosse program.

Click here for more information about Darlington’s girls’ lacrosse program.


COLLEGES

Good showing for Berry baseball in SAA annual honors. Berry

Berry’s softball team faces host DePauw in the 2022 Division III Softball Regionals. First pitch in Friday’s contest is set for 4:30 p.m.


COMMUNITY SPORTS CALENDAR

May 14: Georgia High School Association Tennis Championships returning to Rome: The matches will be at the Tennis Center at Berry College. Girls play in the morning; boys after lunch. Tickets: $8. For more.

  • The Trion girls are the only local team scheduled to play (vs. Telfair).

May 20-23: State Mutual Stadium to host high school state baseball championships.

Aug. 19: Barron Stadium to host three Corky Kell Classic high school football games: 2:30 p.m.  Mt. Pisgah vs. Fellowship Christian; 5:30 p.m. Cass vs. Kennesaw Mountain; and 8:30 p.m., Rome vs. Creekside.

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