Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Rome ends first ‘season’ with loss to Greenville; misses first shot at playoffs. The Braves by-the-numbers at the All-Star break.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Rome ends first ‘season’ with loss to Greenville; misses first shot at playoffs. The Braves by-the-numbers at the All-Star break.



It was another close game for the Rome Braves but this one went to Greenville. Photo by Mills Fitzner. For more: photo gallery.


  • Rome Braves at the break: The defending South Atlantic League champions missed a return trip to the post-season by 3.5 games as visiting Greenville won the southern division crown as of Sunday evening. Rome gets a second chance beginning Thursday as the SAL’s second season begin. The Braves’ record was 38-32 with more wins on the road. The average attendance for 32 home games was 2,756, eighth out of 14 seasons in the league and more than 350 more fans per game vs. the average for all of 2016. Rome is the smallest market in the South Atlantic.
  • Rome Bravefall 4-3 to Greenville to end first half season. Media release: The Greenville Drive defeated the Rome Braves Sunday afternoon 4-3 before a crowd of 1,889.  The win gives Greenville the first half South Atlantic League Southern Division championship. The Drive posted a run in the second inning on Nick Luvullo’s sacrifice fly but the Braves grabbed the lead in the fifth. Cristian Pache had a run scoring single and Brett Cumberland’s added a sacrifice fly RBI, giving Rome the 2-1 advantage. Greenville plated two runs in the eighth as Santiago Espinal bunted with runners at first and second when Adam McCreery overthrew first allowing both runners to score. With the score 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Brett Cumberland cracked his tenth home run to tie the game at three. The Drive regained the lead in the ninth on Mitchell Gunsolus’ RBI double for the 4-3 score and held Rome scoreless in the bottom of the inning to get the win.
Romey has picked up a few new tricks this season. Photo by Mills Fitzner.
  • All-Star update: South Atlantic League President Eric Krupa announces that Rome Braves pitcher Brandon White has been added to the 2017 All Star team. Brandon has enjoyed a fine first half and is currently 1-0 with a 1.67 ERA with eight saves (tied for fourth in the SAL) to lead the club.  He has 27 strikeouts and only nine walks in 32.1 innings of work. He joins Bryse Wilson, Cristian Pache, Randy Ventura, and Brett Cumberland to represent Rome in the game to be played in Columbia, SC on Tuesday.
  • Next up: All-Star break with game Tuesday in Columbia, S.C. Click for details. Braves return Thursday on the road in Asheville.
  • Mills Fitzner’s home game photo gallery.
  • Roster updates: 


From Rome High: Meet new baseball coach James Tejcek and his family will be in the West Gym Wednesday at 6 p.m.


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)

The Coosa Volleyball team will host the Third Annual Camp Boom Volleyball Camp on July 10-12 each day from 9-11 a.m. The camp is for any student in upcoming grades 3rd-8th. Cost is $40, and includes a t-shirt and snacks each day. You may register on the first day of camp beginning at 8:30am. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Hann at

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