(From the Rome Braves):

The Rome Braves magical run in 2022 has come to an end.

Rome fell in the decisive game three of the South Atlantic League’s Division Series on Friday night by a score of seven runs to one.

2022 Draftee and Auburn Tiger Blake Burkhalter would make his High-A debut in the win-or-go-home game for the Braves.

Burkhalter, Atlanta’s No. 25 overall prospect, would record two full innings while being tabbed for two runs on four hits, one of which was a two run home run in the bottom of the second.

Rome would burn through the bullpen on Friday night, using a total of seven pitchers. Alec Barger, Trey Riley, Jake McSteen, Davis Schwab, Austin Smith, and Grant Holmes would all see action in Bowling Green.

Atlanta’s No. 22 overall prospect Brandol Mezquita would provide the only offensive power for the Braves on Friday night with a solo home run in the top of the third. At the time, Mezquita’s home run cut the Braves’ deficit in half, making the score just two runs to one in favor of Bowling Green.

Atlanta’s No. 14 overall prospect Cal Conley would finish the night 2-4 as well. Conley was the only Brave to record multiple hits on Friday.

The seven to one loss on Friday night closes the book on the 2022 campaign for the Rome Braves, and Bowling Green advanced to the South Atlantic League Championship Series versus the Aberdeen Ironbirds.

Photo courtesy of the Rome Braves