Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Berry softball’s first super regional game begins today at noon. Rome Braves open with 1-0 win over Asheville; Swanson looks sharp in rehab. Rome High vs. North Paulding in spring football tonight at 7 at Berry. Berry Athletics signs sports outfitter deal.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Berry softball’s first super regional game begins today at noon. Rome Braves open with 1-0 win over Asheville; Swanson looks sharp in rehab. Rome High vs. North Paulding in spring football tonight at 7 at Berry. Berry Athletics signs sports outfitter deal.

HIGH SCHOOLS / ROME BRAVES / LOCAL COLLEGES / COMMUNITY EVENTS

The Atlanta Braves’ Dansby Swanson was in Rome on a rehab assignment Thursday night and took plenty of time to sign autographs for the fans who lined the third base fence at State Mutual Stadium. Photo by Mills Fitzner. For more, please click  photo gallery
BERRY SOFTBALL
The No. 4 Berry College softball team will travel to the defending national champions and No. 1-ranked Virginia Wesleyan Marlins this weekend to open play in the program’s first NCAA Super Regional round. The three-game series will begin today at noon (schedule change). The Vikings will be designated as the visiting team for the opening game but will serve as the home team for game two on Saturday at 2 p.m. (EDT). If a third game is necessary, it will be played immediately following game two on Saturday with a coin flip determining home and away.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL/GHSA Baseball Tournament:

Class 4A: Cartersville vs. Jefferson in a best of three series; games one and two set for Monday, May 21, at State Mutual Stadium. Game one begins at 5 p.m. The what-if game would be played May 23. Admission: $10 per person.

Class 6A: Pope vs. Allatoona-Alpharetta winner (reset for 4:30 p.m. today). Opening game 5 p.m. May 22.


BASEBALL

The Atlanta Braves’ Dansby Swanson was in Rome on a rehab assignment Thursday night and showed he’s ready to return to the big club. In addition to playing short stop, Swanson went 2 for 4 at the plate. Photo by Mills Fitzner. For more, please click  photo gallery

 

Rome Braves win, 1-0, over visiting Asheville. Dansby Swanson, in Rome for a rehab start at short stop, goes 2-4 at the plate. 

From the Atlanta Braves: Swanson could return to the big club today. Click Atlanta.

From the Rome Braves: The Rome Braves edged the Asheville Tourists Thursday evening at State Mutual Stadium 1-0 before a crowd of 1,840 fans. The only run of the game came in the fifth when Jean Carlos Encarnacion (3) took the first pitch deep over the left field wall giving Rome a 1-0 lead. The story of the night was Bruce Zimmermann who went seven shutout innings allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out nine. Zimmermann (1-1) gets the win while Brandon White goes the final two frames to get his sixth save. The Tourists’ Antonio Santos (0-5) gets the loss.

Next:  Today-Sunday vs. Asheville. Game times: 7 tonight, 6 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Roster moves: The Rome Braves announce the following roster move: INF Austin Bush has been received from extended spring training

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

Georgia Tech Night at the Rome Braves is Saturday. The Rome Georgia Tech Network is holding its annual Georgia Tech night at the Rome Braves this Saturday night.  Come and join us and wear your Tech colors.  We will be accepting donations for our Wesley Johnson incoming freshman scholarship fund.  We have a block of tickets reserved.  The cost is $5 for the seat, and it includes a hotdog.  Please contact Tim Groves,  President of the Rome GT network @ greasy.jacket@gmail.com or 678-522-1036 to reserve your ticket

  •  The event begins at 4 p.m. with a tailgate in the east parking lot; a Georgia Tech table at the main entrance starting at 5:30 p.m. and first pitch is at 6 p.m.

COLLEGES

Berry Athletics Announces Partnership with BSN/NikeBerry College Athletics announces that the department has entered into an exclusive, multiyear partnership with BSN SPORTS to serve as the official Nike outfitter of the Vikings. Under the agreement, Nike and BSN SPORTS will provide apparel, footwear, equipment and uniforms for Berry’s varsity athletics programs. All team uniforms will be cycled into the Nike brand through the life of the contract.

“We are excited to be partnering with BSN and Nike in supporting our student-athletes,” Berry Athletics Director Todd Brooks said. “Nike continues to be a benchmark for innovation and technology when it comes to athletic apparel, footwear, and equipment. This partnership will prove extremely beneficial to our student-athletes.”

“The partnership agreement between Berry College, BSN SPORTS and Nike is a great example of how we add value to programs for coaches, athletes and communities” said Terry Babilla, President of BSN SPORTS. “Berry College Athletics will now have access to the finest apparel and athletic products in the industry which will certainly enhance performance on and off the field. We are proud to be their team sports partner and pleased that we can elevate their overall student-athlete experience.”

Founded in 1972 as a factory-direct equipment company, BSN SPORTS has grown to become the largest distributor of team sports apparel and equipment in the United States. The company is also Nike’s largest supplier of uniforms to athletic teams in the United States.


SPRING FOOTBALL

Friday: Rome vs. North Paulding, in the Wolves’ spring game at Berry College’s Valhalla Stadium, 7 tonight.


COMMUNITY

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: https://bit.ly/2JFEdsu. 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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