Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Rome Braves win to even series with Asheville; off today. Weekly soccer updates. Berry Softball opens playoffs vs Lynchburgh Saturday. Berry hosts high school track while tennis center has state tennis finals.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Rome Braves win to even series with Asheville; off today. Weekly soccer updates. Berry Softball opens playoffs vs Lynchburgh Saturday. Berry hosts high school track while tennis center has state tennis finals.


Braves rightfielder Justin Smith (40) snags it during Monday morning’s game with Asheville. For more photos by Mills Fitzner, please click photo gallery


Rome Braves beat Asheville, 3-0, even series with two wins each. Media release: The Rome Braves bounced back from Sunday’s loss to defeat the Asheville Tourists Monday morning 3-0 before an Education Day crowd of 4,046. Rome starter Odalvi Javier went six shutout innings in his best start of the season. The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Luis Mejia doubled home two runs giving Rome a 2-0 lead. In the seventh, Justin Smith (1) cracked his first home run of the season over the wall in left extending the Braves’ lead to 3-0. The Rome pitching staff was stellar throwing nine shutout inning allowing just two hits for the 3-0 win. Javier (1-1) gets the win allowing just one hit, walking two and striking out eight. Asheville’s Nick Kennedy (0-4) is tagged with the loss. Brandon White picks up his fifth save.

Next: Off today. Four-game set in Augusta Wednesday-Friday including a double header to open it up; 5:05 p.m. start.

Roster moves: Congratulations to Riley Delgado and Kyle Muller on being named the Rome Braves Organizational Players of the Month of April.

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

Keeping their eye on the ball … as this one sailed beyond their section at Monday’s education day game at State Mutual Stadium. For more photos by Mills Fitzner, please click  photo gallery



The YMCA’s Arsenal Rome Select and Academy teams are winding down their regular season games and beginning the tournament season. The Select teams earned a 3-5-1 record to bring their season record 26-24-6. Two Academy teams won their divisions in the Chattanooga Scenic City Cup.
  • The G14-C East went 1-2 over this past weekend. On Friday night, the team travelled to 5th place Oconee Football Club, losing 4-0. Rily Howe and Sophie Gaither each recorded 4 saves in goal. On Saturday, Arsenal fell to 1st place Athens United 3-0. Deyvis Reader recorded 8 saves in goal. On Sunday, Arsenal topped 8th place Ambush White 3-1 at Grizzard Park. After allowing an early goal, Arsenal battled back to tie the game at 1-1 when Joey Kunczewski scored an unassisted goal at the 20-minute mark. Arsenal’s offense hit the back of the net 2 more times in the 2nd half with Ashley Marin scoring on an assist from Reader before Reader netted the final goal off an assist from Carlee Brock. Reader had 3 saves in goal while Gaither added 4.
  • The weekend’s matches brings Arsenal’s record to 4-3-2 and leaves them in 6th place in Athena C East. Arsenal finishes the season this weekend with a game at 10th place Concorde Fire on Friday, facing 7th place Lady Chiefs Premiere at Grizzard on Saturday before traveling to play 4th place DDYSC Wolves Elite on Sunday. Kunczewski and Malone Christen are tied for 3rd in scoring in the league with 4 goals each.
  • The G14-D went 1-1 this weekend. They won 2-0 over MAYS Strikers with goals by Isabelle Phillips and Emily Bartleson then lost 2-0 against PPA GA Storm. Their 2-4-1 record has them in 8th place. This weekend they play 5th place Cherokee Impact Premier and 10th place Roswell Lady Chiefs Blue.
  • The B13 II West defeated Concorde Fire West Black by a score of 3-1 at home in their final game of the Classic II West Spring season. Gavyn Williams earned an assist, providing a cross to the net, where Bleu Winters scored with a header. Maddox Pyle scored a goal, with an assist from Cesar Perez. Williams scored a goal, with an assist from Winters. Arsenal had 23 shots on goal. Goalkeeper Will Payne had 3 saves. With 9 wins and 2 losses, the team finished the season in 2nd place in Classic II West. Gavyn Williams is leading the league in scoring with 14 goals. The team will travel to the Georgia Soccer Complex on May 20th, to play a Georgia State Cup Tournament play-in game against a tough Classic I Concorde Fire Central Elite.
  • The B14-III West lost to 4th place Oconee Red 4-0. They host Brookhaven FC this weekend to finish the season. Victor Valencia is tied for 2nd in scoring with 8 goals. Their 5-4-1 record has them in 5th place.
  • The B15 Red tied 4th place Chelsea Premier 2-2. Their 5-3-1 record has them in 3rd place. They finish their season this weekend hosting UFA’s Norcross Spring.
  • The B15 IV Blue lost to NASA Royal 8-2 to finish their season with a 1-8 season.
  • The G9 won the 8 team Bronze division of the Scenic City Cup this weekend by beating Chattanooga FC Select North 9-1, the Murfreesboro SC Lady Strikers Gray 9-0, the Signal Mountain Storm 4-1, and the Cherokee Impact SC Premier 3-1 in the final.
  • The B11 won the 6 team Silver division of the Scenic City Cup this weekend by beating Southern Tennessee SC from Pulaski TN 4-1, the Nashville FC White 12-1, the Gallatin TN SC Rangers 6-4, and the TUSC Blue from Hendersonville TN 3-0 in the final.
  •  The B9 played in the Atlanta Fire United Academy Elite Cup and posted an 0-3 record losing to SSA Chelsea Blue Premier 6-0, Lanier SA 3-1, and Atlanta Fire Bronze 3-1.
  •  Compiled by Roy Dickinson

For the second consecutive year, Berry College’s Clark Track and Dickey Field at Valhalla Stadium will serve as host to the Georgia High School Association State Track & Field Championships on Thursday-Saturday. Berry will host the A Private, 4A and 7A divisions, welcoming some of the top athletes in the state. Click HERE for the full meet schedule. “This is a great opportunity to showcase Berry and our facilities and also gives our program the chance to give back to high school track & field in our state,” Berry’s head track & field coach Luke Syverson said. “It is an honor to be considered as having one of the best track & field facilities in the state and we look forward to showcasing the best track & field talent in Georgia.” Tickets are $7 per day and can be purchased at the gate. Gates will open at 11 a.m. on Thursday, 8 a.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. on Saturday. Mobile tickets are available before you arrive at the stadium on GoFan. Spectator parking will be located within the Cage Recreation Center parking lots. Live results are available throughout the weekend at this link.


State tennis tournament comes to Rome Tennis Center at Berry College on Saturday. Tickets are $5. Start times have been released by the Georgia High School Association. They are:
  • 10 a.m. – All Girls matches will begin play. (Trophies and medals will be presented at the tournament desk as the matches conclude)
  • 2 p.m. – All Boys matches will begin play. (Trophies and medals will be presented at the tournament desk as the matches conclude)
Brackets  Boys  / Girls


Class 4A

Cartersville will host Spalding on Wednesday in quarterfinals.

Class A

Trion lost to Irwin County 11-2 and 14-4 in the second round of the Class A Public School baseball playoffs; season ends.


GHSA tournament matches

Boys: Class 2A: Model will play Putnam Co. in semifinals on Tuesday. Class 3A: Calhoun will play Windsor Forest in semifinals on Tuesday.


GHSA Tennis Matches (complied by John McClellan)

Boys: Class 2A: Rockmart boys lose to Benedictine 4-1.

Girls: Class A Public: Trion advances to championship against Taylor County on Saturday.


The Berry College softball team will face the Hornets of Lynchburg College at Emory University to open their fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Competition will begin on Friday, May 11 in the double-elimination regional in Atlanta.  Game times are still to be determined. In addition to the host Emory Eagles, Maryville (TN) rounds out the four-team pod. The 36-4 Vikings hold the No. 4 ranking in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) poll and enter the tournament after winning the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) tournament for the fourth straight year. This will be the first time in program history that Berry has faced Lynchburg. The Hornets earned an at-large bid, appearing in the national tournament for the sixth time in program history and the first time since the 2014 season. Lynchburg sits at 32-10 on the year out of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).


F&P is having its annual charity 5K on June 16 and this year, all of the proceeds this year will benefit Harbor House. “This is a great opportunity to support us and the community. You can use this link to register: Also, you can print the waiver form and take it to Garner and Glover Company, F&P Main Plant or Cycle Therapy. F&P Georgia Mfg

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