Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Darlington two-time wrestling champion Alan Cordero signs with University of the Cumberlands. State track and field updates. Special guest at Model. AdventHealth Stadium to host 4A, 5A state championship games (Cartersville, Cedartown still in the hunt). Berry Softball begins NCAA run today. Rome Braves win, 3-2.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Darlington two-time wrestling champion Alan Cordero signs with University of the Cumberlands. State track and field updates. Special guest at Model. AdventHealth Stadium to host 4A, 5A state championship games (Cartersville, Cedartown still in the hunt). Berry Softball begins NCAA run today. Rome Braves win, 3-2.

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

Vaughn Grissom makes a difficult catch. Photo by Mills Fitzner. Please click here for more.

The Rome Braves walk it off for a win, 3-2. Media release: The Braves’ Alec Barger would take over in the top half of the ninth inning and pull off one of the rarest feats in all of baseball. Barger would notch an immaculate inning, striking out the side on nine pitches. Barger’s perfection would set the stage for Landon Stephens. To start the bottom of the ninth, Justyn-Henry Malloy would single on a line drive to right field. Cue Landon Stephens. On a 1-0 count, Landon Stephens would wallop a ball into the woods just beyond the left field wall. Stephens’s tenth long ball of the year would send the Braves home happy by a final score of three runs to two.

Atlanta Braves off Thursday; home vs. Padres today through SundayGame 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.

Schedule set for 4A, 5A championship games at AdventHealth Stadium in Rome: If Cartersville and Cedartown make it to the championship rounds, their games would be played at AdventHealth Stadium,  home of the Rome Braves.

  • Friday, May 20: 5 pm: Class 4A – TBD vs TBD (H) (Double header)
  • Saturday, May 21: Noon: Class 4A – TBD vs TBD (H) (If third game needed)
    5 pm: Class 5A – TBD vs TBD (H), double header.
  • Monday, May 23: 7 p.m. Class 5A – TBD vs TBD (H) (If third game needed)

Spring football/scrimmages:

  • Armuchee tonight at 7:30, home vs. Lumpkin County,
  • Gordon Central: May 20, 7:30 p.m., $5 admission.

Darlington senior and state two-time wrestling champion Alan Cordero signed his letter of intent to wrestle at University of the Cumberlands.

He has accepted a scholarship to continue his education and wrestle at the NAIA collegiate division. Alan was joined by his parents Leo and Lizette Cordero and coaches Kelly McDurmon and Kaden Scoggins.

Victaria Saxton, a Model High grad who starred in South Carolina’s women’s national championship in March, returned to the school as shown is this post. Saxton will play the 2022-23 season for the Gamecocks. From Model: “This National Champion is not just content with a National Championship! She wanted to get in the gym and get some shots up today!! V keeps grinding to make herself better!! That’s what makes her a winner that’s what makes her great!!! Love when I get to see her and get to do a workout with her!”

State high school track and field championships


COLLEGES

The No.10-ranked Berry Vikings will travel to Greencastle, Ind., to start their 2022 Division III regionals run. The Vikings will face the host, No. 6- ranked DePauw Tigers in a rematch from earlier this season. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

The two remaining teams in the bracket are familiar foe, No.16-ranked Peidmont who the Berry faced earlier this season as well. The Vikings split two games with the Lions back in February (10-4, 3-4). Hiram, the only team in the pod that Berry hasn’t seen yet, defeated PeDauw in their conference championship tournament.

In 43 games, DePauw (34-9) has accumulated a batting average of .334, and an OB percentage of .388. Back in March, the Vikings fell to the then ranked No. 1 Tigers 1-3. Berry’s batting average tops the Tigers at .355, as well as their OB percentage being .405.

Berry continues to be at the top of their game heading into the most crucial point in their season yet. Four Vikings have put up eye popping numbers with Shelby Daniel leading her team with a .433 batting average. SAA player of the year, Anna Jackson contributes a .427, Morgan Frye and SAA newcomer of the year, Katie White are also batting over .400.

Strong defense had played a significant role in the circle as freshman Hannah Gore posts a 1.09 ERA with a .70 WHIP. Gore came in as a relief against the Tigers, giving up only two hits, zero runs, and struck out two. Blair Hall continues to have an impressive season as her first year as a Viking. She has a 1.67 ERA and 1.05 WHIP on the season. Hall is not only strong in the circle but on the mound as well, finding herself in the starting lineup constantly in the latter portion of the season.

Friday, May 13
Game 1: Piedmont v. Hiram | 2 p.m.
Game 2: DePauw v. Berry | 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 14
Game 3: Game 1 winner v. Game 2 winner | 12 p.m.
Game 4: Game 1 loser v. Game 2 loser | 2:30 p.m.
Game 5: Game 3 loser v. Game 4 winner | 4:30 p.m.
 
Sunday, May 15
Game 6: Game 3 winner v. Game 5 winner | 12 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): Game 6 winner v. Game 6 loser | 2:30 p.m.


COMMUNITY SPORTS CALENDAR

Saturday: 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).

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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