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Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012

Locals prepare for minor league playoffs

Minor League Baseball entered its final weekend of regular season play Friday with several local players preparing for the postseason.
By Billy Byler

Friday, Aug 31, 2012

Statesboro runs over Lakeside

MARTINEZ, Ga. - Dequan Daniels didn't wait 'til the second half this time around. The Statesboro tailback rushed for three first-half touchdowns and finished with 110 yards on the ground in a 26-7 ...
By Billy Byler

Thursday, Aug 30, 2012

Little always comes up big for Jackets

Eric Little wears many hats with the Augusta GreenJackets, including dancing to the popular "Peanut Butter Jelly Time." He will wrap up his fourth season during Augusta's last homestand.
By Billy Byler

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012

Teams increase safety protocols

As another high school football season begins, some Aiken County teams are increasing their efforts to keep players safe.
By Billy Byler

Yankees infielder to play against GreenJackets this weekend

When the Charleston RiverDogs come to Augusta this weekend, they'll bring a New York Yankees infielder with them.
By Billy Byler

Monday, Aug 27, 2012

GreenJackets can't gain on Braves

The GreenJackets won six out of seven games last week, but the Rome Braves won all but two games during the same stretch, keeping Augusta six games back with seven to play.
By Billy Byler

Sunday, Aug 26, 2012

GreenJackets pushed to brink of elimination

Clayton Blackburn's quality outing wasn't enough to keep the Augusta GreenJackets from being pushed to the brink of elimination in a 2-1 loss to the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Sunday.
By Billy Byler

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012

GreenJackets beat Greensboro

Edwin Escobar fired eight shutout innings to extend his scoreless innings streak past 17 and give the GreenJackets a 1-0 win over the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
By Billy Byler

Reds prospect steals a record

A 29-year-old minor league record came crashing down last week when Cincinnati Reds prospect Billy Hamilton stole his 146th base of the season.
By Billy Byler

Friday, Aug 24, 2012

Bulldogs hang on to beat Hornets

PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C.— Silver Bluff managed just 125 total yards of offense but escaped with a 14-13 victory over Aiken on Friday night.
By Billy Byler

Thursday, Aug 23, 2012

GreenJackets overcome mistakes in walk-off win

Dominant pitching, a strong arm in center field and clutch hitting were enough to cover up some sloppy defense in the Augusta GreenJackets' 2-1 walk-off win over the Greensboro Grasshoppers ...
By Billy Byler

Hornets try to get back to winning

AIKEN - Aiken has long held a tradition of success. But the worst losing stretch since the 1970s has haunted the program so long the current generation of Hornets have yet to experience winning.
By Billy Byler

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012

Midland Valley looks to rebound

The Mustangs suffered through a 1-9 season a year ago, and head coach Rick Knight decided to move many of his returning starters to different positions this season.
By Billy Byler

Monday, Aug 20, 2012

GreenJackets have better showing on road

Traveling with momentum after a wrapping up a three-game sweep at home last week, the Augusta GreenJackets still had something to prove when they hit the road last weekend for a four-game series ...
By Billy Byler

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012

North Augustans take field at Fenway

Three players with North Augusta ties played in Boston's annual "Futures at Fenway" event, which gives minor league affiliates the chance to play at the historic stadium.
By Billy Byler

Rebels come up short

JOHNSTON, S.C. — Though the two programs couldn’t have been founded more differently, both teams walked off the field with mutual respect after Eastern Christian’s 39-35 win over Strom Thurmond.
By Billy Byler

Thursday, Aug 16, 2012

Jackets style won't change

NORTH AUGUSTA — Morale is high, a winning program has been established and the next crop of North Augusta High School football stars are ready to start the season tonight.
By Billy Byler

Young Predators hope to surprise

The questions floating around Fox Creek practices these days center around whether the program will continue its recent winning ways or take a step back.
By Billy Byler

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012

Strom Thurmond will need its defense to be stronger

If the winning tradition is to continue at Strom Thurmond, it might have to be the defense that takes over.
By Billy Byler

Crick's gem completes GreenJackets sweep

Augusta GreenJackets starting pitcher Kyle Crick lowered his ERA to a South Atlantic League-leading 2.34 with another gem Wednesday night in a 3-1 win over the Lakewood BlueClaws.
By Billy Byler
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