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4A: Cartersville, no. 2, at 19-6.
3A: None ranked but Adairsville, Calhoun “mentioned” as both are 14-7.
2A: Rockmart no. 4 a 14-6.
Rockmart 10, Hiram 5.
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.
Tuesday: Rockmart vs. Chattooga
Friday: Armuchee at Coosa, 5 p.m.
Friday: Bowdon at Darlington, senior night, 5 p.m.
Rome Braves fall 10-2 to Riverdogs as series opens. Media release: The Charleston Riverdogs topped the Rome Braves Monday night at State Mutual Stadium by a final score of 10-2 before a crowd of 1,033. Chris Hess had two homers and six RBI to lead the Riverdogs. Charleston crossed the plate three times in the first inning thanks to a run scoring groundout by Stephen Senley and Hess (2) followed with a two run shot to left for the 3-0 score. Two inning later, the Riverdogs scored three times thanks to Hess’ (3) second shot of the night with two runners aboard. Rome cut the lead to 6-1 in the third on Kurt Hoekstra’s sacrifice fly RBI. That’s as close as Rome would get as the Riverdogs go on for the 10-2 victory. Charleston starter Daniel Ramos (1-0) gets the win while Rome starter Alan Rangel (0-1) absorbs the loss.
Next up: Today at 10:30 a.m. vs. Charleston Riverdog at State Mutual Stadium.
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 rfpra.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leading Berry to a series sweep over Rhodes College, Jacob Delk has been selected as the Southern Athletic Association Baseball Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. Delk hit .429 on the week, driving in eight runs and finished with a walk-off single. He started the week 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the Vikings’ game one matchup against Piedmont on Tuesday. He then added an additional three hits and four RBIs in Berry’s nightcap contest against the Lions on Tuesday as well. Delk then ignited the Viking offense at the plate in game two of the series against Rhodes. Delk singled up the middle in the bottom of the ninth inning to bring home two Vikings and ensure the 3-2 walk-off win for Berry. He then finished the week hot at the plate for Berry, hitting 3-for-4 with three runs, two RBIs and a double in the Vikings’ final 10-4 game three victory over Rhodes on Sunday. Delk finished the week with a .476 slugging percentage, knocking in eight runs and scoring five times en route to Berry’s three-game sweep over the Lynx. On the year, Delk now ranks third in the conference in batting average (.408), as well as first in the SAA in RBIs (39).
Tossing 13.1 innings for the Vikings, while boasting a 0.00 ERA, Kassie Howard led the Berry College softball team to a 3-0 sweep of the Birmingham-Southern College Panthers this weekend and earned another Southern Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week honor. Howard earned the 3-1 victory in game one against the Panthers on Saturday, tossing all seven innings for Berry, while allowing six hits and no earned runs, striking out nine batters. She then threw the final 3.1 innings for the Vikings in Berry’s 5-3 win over Birmingham-Southern on Sunday, allowing no hits and no runs, while striking out five additional Panthers. Howard rounded out the weekend earning her first save of the year in game two on Sunday, as she tossed the final three innings for Berry, allowing only two hits and no runs, striking out four Panthers, en route to the Vikings’ 4-1 game three victory over BSC. Kassie earned two wins and a save on the weekend, striking out 18 batters in her 13.1 innings of work, while holding her opponents to a mere .182 batting average and allowing just eight hits and no earned runs. On the year, Howard now ranks in the top five in every conference pitching category, including ERA (0.84), wins (18), strikeouts (142) and saves (1)
The Berry College baseball and softball teams have made adjustments to their out-of-conference contests at home today:
- Baseball will face Covenant College in a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 5 p.m.
- Softball will face LaGrange College in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.
- Both games can be viewed live here.
The Shorter Hawks earned the series win over Auburn Montgomery Monday afternoon with an 11-0 victory in eight innings.
With the win, Shorter moves to 19-18 overall and 9-12 in the GSC; while having won its fourth GSC series of the year and third consecutive. The Warhawks move to 15-22 on the season and 5-16 in conference play. Expanded report
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 www.imathlete.com. For more information about the triathlon, please contact Beth Smith.