Rome, Georgia will be the site of the Gulf South Conference’s 2012 Baseball Tournament, the organization announced yesterday. A one-year agreement has been reached with the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Rome Braves for the two to host the five-day tournament at State Mutual Stadium from May 4th – 8th. This is the first time that the conference has held the tournament in Georgia since 2001 when it was hosted by Valdosta State, according to a GSC media release.
In Major League Baseball, the Atlanta Braves fell to the Detroit Tigers 7-2 yesterday in Spring Training action in Lakeland, Florida. The Braves will head to Viera to take on the Washington Nationals this afternoon at 1:05 pm.
Shorter University’s Lady Hawks softball team split a double header with Southern States Athletic Conference rival Brenau yesterday at the Alto Park Softball Complex. Brenau won the opener 5-1, while Shorter won the nightcap 1-0. The Lady Hawks will return to action this Friday as host to Brewton-Parker.
Today is the first day of Spring. It is the vernal equinox, one of two times per year that the amount of daytime and nighttime are equal. The other occurs in fall, or the autumnal equinox. High temperatures in the 80’s have made it feel more like summer for the last several days in Rome and Northwest Georgia, and they’re expected to continue. Forecasters call for sunny skies for this first day of spring with a high in the mid 80s.
Recent warm temperatures and what basically amounted to not much of a winter are anticipated to bring an onslaught of bugs this spring and summer. John Graham with Three Rivers Nursery and Garden Center says he’s already seen the ants and mosquitoes begin to emerge.