Cornely helps Rome top RiverDogs again

William Beckwith knocked in all four runs, three of them on a long home run, to lead the Rome Braves to a 4-1 win over the Charleston RiverDogs in South Atlantic League baseball at Riley Park with 2,408 on hand Wednesday night.

Former Bishop England standout John Cornely went the final 21/3 innings for the Braves to earn his sixth save of the season.

Charleston (56-44, 17-16 second half) manufactured a run in the first inning when Ali Castillo singled, stole second base and scored after a couple of groundouts.

The Braves (37-66, 19-14) pulled even in the third when Beckwith roped an RBI double into right-center field.

In the third, Beckwith struck again for Rome by crushing an opposite-field, three-run homer over the scoreboard in left field off starter Scottie Allen (3-7). It was his 11th home run of the season and gave the Braves a 4-1 advantage.

That lead would prove to be more than enough for Rome’s pitching staff, who for the third straight night rendered the Charleston lineup ineffective. A.J. Holland pitched the first four innings and gave up one run on only two hits and two walks with one strikeout. David Filak (5-8) picked up the win in relief, with Cornely following for the save.

The game also saw Ben Gamel’s team high 16-game hit streak come to an end as he went 0-3. It was the first time since July 6 that the RiverDogs outfielder was held hitless.

Castillo had two of the three RiverDogs hits, with Francisco Arcia recording the other one.

The four-game series concludes today with right-hander Bryan Mitchell (6-7, 5.20 ERA) matched up with left-hander David Starn (0-1, 8.03 ERA).

Fans can visit the Ashley View Pub for $1 beers, and DJ Natty Heavy will be spinning records on Thirsty Thursday. There will be between innings promos to help everyone at the game determine who the real batman is on Who’s the (bat)Man? Night. The RiverDogs will also be promoting environmental awareness on Charleston County Recycling Night.