Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Rome Braves hammer Augusta, 17-3. Four game photos. Rematch today at 1 p.m. Meet Rome High’s new baseball coach, Jim Tejcek. Atlanta Falcons’ mini camp is free, open to all today in Flowery Branch. Elite Camp under way at Berry.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Rome Braves hammer Augusta, 17-3. Four game photos. Rematch today at 1 p.m. Meet Rome High’s new baseball coach, Jim Tejcek. Atlanta Falcons’ mini camp is free, open to all today in Flowery Branch. Elite Camp under way at Berry.



The sign and the facial expression say it all as the Braves score the most runs yet this season. Photo by Mills Fitzner. For more, please click photo gallery


  • Rome Braves open series with crushing 17-3 win over Augusta. Media release: The Rome Braves defeated the Augusta
    He’s a bit more behind the plate than we’re used to seeing but that’s former Atlanta Braves catcher Bruce Benedict, now a scout for the Chicago White. Photo by Mills Fitzner.

    GreenJackets 17-3 Tuesday at State Mutual Stadium before a crowd of 2,384. The 17 runs were the most scored in a game so far this season. Rome plated five runs in the first inning thanks in part to some timely hitting and sloppy play by Augusta. Brett Cumberland, Kurt Hoekstra, Kevin Josephina, and Yeudi Grullon all had RBI singles plus a wild pitch scored a run giving Rome the 5-0 lead.  Three of the five runs were unearned.  Augusta scratched the scoreboard in the fifth with two runs as Cristian Paulino added a run scoring single and Brandon Van Horn grounded into a force out to score the second run making it a 5-2 game. Nine runners crossed the plate in the bottom of the fifth thanks to run scoring singles by Josephina, Justin Ellison, and Grullon. Cumberland added a three run double and Hoekstra stroked a triple to score a run. A passed ball and wild pitch allowed two more runs to cross the plate to make it a 14-2 score.  The nine runs in the fifth were the most to score in an inning so far this season. Rome went on to get the 17-3 victory while banging out 19 hits.  Starter Joey Wentz (3-3) enjoyed a good outing going six innings allowing five hits and two runs to get the win. Melvin Adon (1-6) gets the loss for Augusta.

  • Next up: Home vs. Augusta at 1 this afternoon and 7 p.m. Thursday. Greenville in town Friday-Sunday.
  • Mills Fitzner’s home game photo gallery
  • Roster updates: None.
Tuesday’s team of the night: New Hope Lookouts. Photo by Mills Fitzner.
Delivering Tuesday’s first pitch and future Braves’ prospect: Levi Hollins. Photo by Mills Fitzner.


New Rome High baseball coach Jim Tejcek. Courtesy of the Baxter (Ark.) Bulletin.


From The Baxter (Ark.) Bulletin: “Just 13 months after the Mountain Home High School baseball team played in its first state championship game in 19 years, the Bombers are looking for a new coach. Mountain Home head baseball coach Jim Tejcek was officially hired by Rome High School in Rome, Ga., on Tuesday night, to become their new baseball coach. “It’s an opportunity for me, professionally, to run a program 12 months a year,” Tejcek told The Bulletin. “What excites me is the opportunity to run a program from the sixth grade up, developing young men into our system. I’m looking forward to having a year-round program there.” Tejcek was 44-68 in four seasons at Mountain Home, but the Bombers strengthened their schedule the past few seasons and advanced to the state title game with a 10-19 record in 2016.” Expanded story

  • Tejcek replaces coach Michael Dougherty, who left the Rome City Schools system for Coosa High School following the spring season. Dougherty was among six coaches leaving RHS. Among those courted to replace him was Stuart Chester, who won multiple state titles at Cartersville. Chester has joined Buford High as baseball coach.


Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn at Monday’s media briefing.

The Atlanta Falcons three-day mandatory minicamp is under way and it’s also the final phase of the team’s offseason workout program. The three-day camp is mandatory for all veteran players. Today’s session at the team’s training facility in Flowery Branch begins at 2:05 p.m. and is open to the public. The gates open at 1:05 p.m., admission is free and parking is available at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex. Players will be available for an autograph session following practice. Falcons


The elite camp is under way at Berry College with two more to go. For more on the remaining camps, please click here.


Berry Vikings sports updates.

Football: First game at Maryville on Sept. 2 at 1 p.m.

Shorter Hawks sports updates.

  • Football: First game vs. Mars Hill at Barron Stadium, 1 p.m. Sept. 2. Schedule

Georgia Highlands sports reports.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College sports updates


What’s ahead at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College this summer:
-July 1-4: USTA National L2 Junior Championships 16/18s
-July 15-18: USTA Georgia Junior Open
-July 22-23: USTA Clocktower Run-Roll Wheelchair Classic
MLB Youth Baseball CampFormerly Hawk Baseball Campdirected by Matt Larry. Session three: June 26-30, to be held at the Levee fields, Riverside Park.  $95 includes video and T-shirt. Team, multiple weeks and sibling discounts available. For more information, contact Matt Larry at
Arsenal Summer Soccer Camps: two options:
-June Camp: Begins Monday, June 19-23, 8:30 a.m.-noon.
-July Camp: Begins Monday July 10-14, 8:30 a.m.-noon.
Contact Scott McCreless at 706.346.6725 or Chase Watterson at 706.506.3562.
Berry College Volleyball is hosting a series of clinics and camps this summer. All clinics and camps focus on developing and refining specific skills through repetitions and learning strategies that will increase volleyball IQ. Additionally, players will develop secondary skills and play competitive games in a positive, game-like environment. It is our guarantee that players will learn, compete, and have a ton of fun. Details: Facebook page @berryvolleyball
 Day Camps & Clinics: July 6-8: All Skills Session #1 (all ages and skill levels); July 25-27: All Skills Session #2 (all ages and skill levels)

Overnight Camps: July 17-19: Position Skills Camp (designed for ALL levels, grades 5-12); July 20-22: Elite College Prep (designed for HIGH-level players wanting to play in college, limited to 30 participants)

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