Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Berry baseball clinches SAA title. Great crowd for Shorter spring game. Rome Braves beat Greenville, 4-0. Local coaching updates.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Berry baseball clinches SAA title. Great crowd for Shorter spring game. Rome Braves beat Greenville, 4-0. Local coaching updates.



Great crowd for Shorter’s Spring Game on Saturday. The Hawks kickoff their 2018 season on Aug. 30 at Samford. (photo courtesy of Mike Beavers)


Model assistant coach Robby Dooley named Varsity Girls Basketball coach at Coosa High School. Coosa

From Pepperell Coach Rick Hurst: Dragon Football welcomes Coach Joe Stokowski @RedbirdRecon to the football staff. He will work with our DB’s during the 2018 season. He was looking for warmer weather and good football. I think he will enjoy both here at Pepperell.



  • Kell at Rome, 5:55 p.m.
  • Armuchee at SE Whitfield, 5:30 p.m
  • Rockmart at Model, 5:30 p.m.


  • Coosa at Rockmart, 6 p.m.
  • Armuchee at Pepperell, 5 p.m.


  • Darlington will play at Fellowship Christian on Thursday for sub-region crossover game. Tentative times, 2 and 4:45 p.m.


Fellowship Christian at Darlington, time TBA.


Dressed for success: Here’s a look at the “When in Rome/Clock Tower” themed jerseys will be worn by the Rome Braves players and auctioned at the Friday, April 20 game. First pitch: 7 p.m. From the Rome Braves.

Rome Braves  get another win with 4-0 victory over Greenville. Media release: For the first time this season, the Greenville Drive (3-7) weren’t able to scratch across a run in a 4-0 loss to the Rome Braves (6-4) on Saturday at Fluor Field. Greenville was able to get runners in scoring position on three separate occasions but were unable to bring them across. Their best chance was in the second when Frankie Rios lined a two-out single to right, but the Rome right fielder made a perfect throw to nail Michael Osinski at the plate. Rios was the only Drive player to record multiple hits in the game, but Osinski and C.J. Chatham both extended their hitting streaks to nine and eight games, respectively. Drive starter Nick Duron was terrific in his first home start. He retired the side in the first inning and stayed strong from there. Overall, Duron fanned four batters throughout the game while allowing just one run to come across. Even though the bats went quiet Saturday, the Greenville gloves made several outstanding defensive plays in the contest to save hits and potential further runs for the Braves. The third baseman Osinski made a diving over-the-shoulder catch just into the outfield in the fourth with the bases loaded, and Rios dove and snagged a rocket to short and doubled up a baserunner to clear the bases in the ninth. Rome scored first on a trio of singles in the fourth inning from Riley DelgadoJefrey Ramos and Jean Carlos Encarnacion in the fourth inning.  Meanwhile, the Braves pitching staff was strong all night as well. Braves starter Odalvi Javier struck out seven batters while giving up only three hits across 4.2 innings in his first South Atlantic League start. Left-hander Kelvin Rodriguez (1-0) pitched through the sixth to pick up the win. The Braves tacked on three more runs in the seventh on a bases-loaded double from Delgado to push the lead to 4-0.

Roster update: The Rome Braves announce the following roster moves: RHP Jake Belinda has been transferred to Danville and RHP Odalvi Javier has been received from Danville. The roster is at 25 players

Next up: At Greenville today followed by Asheville Monday-Wednesday. Rome returns home Thursday.

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


First round state tennis matchups next week:

Class 5A: Rome at Flowery Branch, Clarke Central at Woodland

Class 4A: Cedartown at Gilmer, Northwest Whitfield at Cartersville

Class 3A: Stone Mountain at Calhoun

Class 2A: Social Circle at Model, Coosa at Elbert County, Monticello at Rockmart, Armuchee at Banks County


Class 5A: Rome at Flowery Branch, Woodland at Buford

Class 4A: Pickens at Cartersville, Cedartown at Heritage-Catoosa

Class 3A: Stone Mountain at Calhoun

Class 2A: Rabun County at Rockmart, Pepperell at Banks County, Monticello at Armuchee, Model at Elbert County


  • Berry College’s baseball team has officially clinched the program’s first Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Regular Season Championship and No. 1 seed in the SAA Tournament. Despite Saturday’s contests being rained out, the Vikings claimed the title outright by virtue of a 15-4 conference record, the team’s best since joining the SAA. Berry will serve as one of the hosts on the opening weekend of the tournament on April 19-21. More details relative to the tournament will be available on Monday.

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, outdoorCOMMUNITY

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


The Atlanta Falcons organization is hosting a free youth football clinic April 24 at Barron Stadium. It is for boys and girls ages 8-14. It is billed as an “opportunity for all of Rome’s youth to attend a free football camp with former players of the Atlanta Falcons.”

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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