Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Rome Braves lose first game of the season, 6-2; Riverdogs in town tonight. High school baseball schedule. Local college sports updates.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Rome Braves lose first game of the season, 6-2; Riverdogs in town tonight. High school baseball schedule. Local college sports updates.


Rome’s Derian Cruz (7) takes a swing during Sunday’s 6-2 loss to Hagerstown on Sunday afternoon. Cruz is the team’s second baseball. Below: Baleigh Nelson hits all the notes of the National Anthem prior to the game. Photos by Mills Fitzner. For more, please click photo gallery. A senior at Pepperell High, Baleigh will attend Samford University in the fall.


Rome Braves fall 6-2 to Hagerstown; first loss of the season. Media release: The Suns (1-3) salvaged the final game of the four game series defeating the Braves (3-1) 6-2 Sunday afternoon at State Mutual Stadium before a crowd of 1,457. The Suns took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on Juan Soto’s (2) solo home run. Four Hagerstown players touched the plate in the third highlighted by Cole Freeman’s RBI single and Soto’s three run triple giving the Suns a 5-0 advantage. Rome got on the board in the fourth on Drew Waters’ (1) two run shot to right making it a 5-2 game. The Suns added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI triple by Alex Flores for the 6-2 final. Alex Troop (1-0) earns the win in relief while Rome starter Huascar Ynoa (0-1) is hit with the loss.

Roster moves:  The Braves announced left-hand pitcher Thomas Burrows has been transferred to the Florida Fire Frogs in exchange for lefty Drew Harrington.

Next up: Tonight at 7 p.m. vs. Charleston Riverdog at State Mutual Stadium.

Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery for the 2018 season and before.



Today: Rome at Hiram, 5:55 p.m.

Tuesday: Gordon Central at Coosa, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Pepperell at Dade County, 5 p.m.

Tuesday: Model at Armuchee, 5 p.m.

Tuesday: Darlington at Bowdon, 5:30 p.m.

Friday: Armuchee at Coosa, 5 p.m.

Friday: Bowdon at Darlington, senior night, 5 p.m.


Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation to host MLB’s  2018 Jr. Home Run Derby on Wednesday at Upper Alto Park starting at 6 p.m. The program provides players an opportunity to participate in a home run hitting contest. Jr. HRD™ is free for boys and girls 14 years of age and under. The program includes three levels of competition, with top performers from the local level advancing to regional level and ultimately, the National Finals prior to the Major League Baseball® Home Run Derby® during MLB ® All-Star Week. To register, visit On-site registration will be available on April 11. The age control date is July 17, 2018, so please make sure to bring a birth certification to verify the child’s age. For more information about the event, contact Stephen Kostoff at


Get a team-by-team look at the 2018 high school football season.  Schedule


Softball: Berry 4, Birmingham Southern 2. “For the sixth consecutive season, the Berry Vikings are our SAA regular-season champs. The Vikings have officially secured the top seed in the SAA Tournament.”Softball

Berry: Vikings complete sweep of Rhodes, 3-2, take over first place.  Baseball

Football: Shorter Hawks’ spring scrimmage is Saturday, April 14, on Ben Brady Field from 11 until noon.


The Wolf Nation 5K and 1-mile Wolf Cub Run returns Saturday, April 21 at Rome High School. The annual event supports the RHS Cross Country team.The race starts at the bus ramp, goes around the middle school, then around the high school, then it heads to Wolf Drive and back. After going around the high school, it ends in the bus ramp. To increase participation among elementary schools, $300 will be given to the elementary school with the highest number of participants. Cost is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the 1-mile run. Register

Darlington will again host the annual Tri for the Kids Youth Triathlon to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia on Sunday, April 22, at 9 a.m. Now in its 10th year, the USA Triathlon-sanctioned event is sponsored by R.A.C.E. Rome. Over the past nine years, Tri for the Kids has raised $138,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs. Last year, more than 160 athletes participated in the triathlon. Tri for the Kids is open to participants age 6-15. Ages 6-9 will compete in a 50-yard swim inside Darlington’s A.J. Huffman (’67) Memorial Athletic Center, a 2.3-mile bike ride on a closed portion of Cave Spring Road, and a half-mile run on the school’s campus. Participants age 10-15 will complete a 100-yard swim, 4.6-mile bike ride and 1-mile run. The triathlon is organized into three divisions. The elite division exists for athletes who compete often and want to take their competition to the next level. The beginner division is ideal for first-time triathletes or for those who want a more relaxed pace. A challenger division is also available for those with impaired physical mobility; race volunteers will be present along the course to assist athletes throughout the duration of the event.

  • Race registration for Tri for the Kids is $40 until April 10, and $45 until April 18. All participants must be registered by April 18 at 10 p.m. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia.
  • Registration is available online at For more information about the triathlon, please contact Beth Smith.
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