The Atlanta Braves were off on Monday and will host the Tampa Bay Rays in a pair of interleague matches over the next couple of nights to open a six game homestand at Turner Field. Mike Foltenywicz is scheduled to serve as the starting pitcher for Atlanta in tonight’s series opener with the Rays, while Erasmo Ramirez will head to the mound for Tampa Bay. First pitch is set for 7:10 pm. The game will be broadcast on WLAQ AM 1410, Rome’s original home for Atlanta Braves baseball. Air time for pre-game programming is 5:55 pm.
For the first time in more than 100 days, the year-over-year difference in the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline fell below $1 this past Tuesday (-99 cents), according to AAA, The Auto Club Group, which reports that Sunday’s average of $2.70 per gallon represents a new high for 2015. The national average has moved higher by four cents per gallon since last Sunday.
Local colleges have already held their commencement ceremonies, as has Darlington School; now it’s time for students from Rome and Floyd County high schools to graduate. Graduation ceremonies for both school systems will be held at The Forum in downtown Rome this weekend.
The Darlington Tigers are bound for the Final Four of the Class AA state baseball tournament! They’ll host Rabun County in a best-of-three series. The first two of those games will be played today. Game one is slated to begin at 2 pm and will be followed by game two around 5 pm. Game three, if necessary, will be played on Tuesday at 1 pm.
The Rome Braves fell to the Charleston Riverdogs 6-2 in the opener of a three game series (and an eight game homestand) at State Mutual Stadium on Monday night. Former Rome High School and Berry College baseball standout Stephen Gaylor made his home debut with the Braves in the outing. The Braves and the Riverdogs will go head to head again this morning at 10:30 am.
Sammy Rich has learned a lot in his first year as Rome’s City Manager. Rich assumed the post upon the retirement of long time City Manager John Bennett at the end of June 2014.
Nearly 200 Berry College alumni have returned to the school for the 30th annual Berry Alumni Work Week.
The Atlanta Braves blanked the Miami Marlins 6-0 in the series finale between the teams on Sunday in Miami, allowing the Braves to complete a three-game sweep of the Marlins over the weekend.