HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Armuchee 14, Southeast Whitfield 4.
Rockmart 5, Gordon Lee 2.
Cartersville over Cedartown in four innings, 15-0.
Armuchee at Coosa, 5 p.m.
Bowdon at Darlington, senior night, 5 p.m.
Rockmart at Pepperell, 5 p.m.
Chattooga at Gordon Central, 5:30 p.m
Model at Dade County, 5:30 p.m.
Rome Braves pounded by Greenville Drive, 14-4. Media release: Opening Day at Fluor Field was a smashing success on Thursday, as 6,198 fans were on hand to witness the Greenville Drive offense explode for seven runs in the first inning en route to a 14-4 win over the Rome Braves. The Drive (3-5) have now logged 10 straight wins in home openers dating back to 2009, and the attendance was the third highest for a home opener in Drive history. The Drive offense struck early and often, touching up Braves (4-4) starter Bruce Zimmermann (1-1) for seven hits and seven runs in the first. Five consecutive hits with one out, including RBI singles from Pedro Castellanos and Everlouis Lozada, and a two-run double by Michael Osinski, made the score 4-0. Following a mound visit, Marino Campana blasted a Zimmermann offering 436 feet over the wall in center field for a two-run homer. Two batters later, Isaias Lucena got in on the action by smacking an opposite-field solo shot to right-center to cap the big inning. Greenville struck for single runs in the second and third as well thanks to a pair of Rome errors. The big lead was plenty for Denyi Reyes (2-0), who was making his first start of the season. The right-hander held the Braves to two earned runs over five and two-third innings while striking out four. Rome got on the board in the second on a Drive error, and again in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Isranel Wilson. After a pitching change in the sixth, Kurt Hoekstra‘s two-run double brought the Braves to within 9-4. The Drive answered back in the bottom half with a run on a fielder’s choice by Lozada, and four more runs in the eighth tacked on insurance, with the highlights being Lozada’s RBI single and Osinski’s two-run double. Seven Greenville hitters posted multi-hit nights in the 17-hit outburst. Castellanos and Lozada picked up three apiece, while Campana, Chatham, Lucena, Osinski and Kervin Suarez all collected two. Lukas Young threw two scoreless innings of relief for the Drive to finish the game.
Next up: At Greenville tonight-Sunday followed by Asheville Monday-Wednesday. Rome on the road now through April 19.
Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery for the 2018 season and before.
Because of an incoming weather threat, the Berry College baseball and softball teams have adjusted game times for their road contests this weekend.
- Softball will now play a doubleheader at Centre today at 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday’s game time has yet to be determined.
- Baseball will play a single game at Sewanee on today at 3 p.m. with the doubleheader set to begin on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Rome-Floyd YMCA Arsenal Soccer Club is hosting a blood drive in honor of Jamie Hughes on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Grizzard Park. Jamie is a young man whose passion is soccer and has played with YMCA Arsenal since U6. Jamie has battled on the field of play and now faces a battle off of it, and in Rome & Floyd County “No One Fights Alone.” Schedule your blood donation here or text BAGIVE to 444999. Donors must be 18 years old (16 & 17 years with parental consent), weigh at least 110 lbs. and be in overall general good health. All donors will receive a complimentary T-shirt, snacks and be entered to win four free tickets to the Rome Braves on Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. For more info on blood donation visit www.bloodassurance.org
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.