Beckham stays hot in Intimidators' win

In Kannapolis, N.C., former University of Georgia standout Gordon Beckham had two hits and Miguel Socolovich allowed one run in six innings and the Intimidators beat the Augusta GreenJackets 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Beckham doubled and scored twice. The shortstop is hitting .526 since joining the team after leading the Bulldogs to the College World Series in June.

Socolovich allowed four hits while striking out nine and walking two. Augusta starter Oliver Odle (9-7) gave up two runs on five hits in six innings.

- In South Williamsport, Pa., Ryohji Kimura 's three-run homer sparked a six-run second inning that gave Japan an 11-4 win over Willemstad, Curacao, to clinch a berth in the international finals of the Little League World Series.

Hawaii beat Washington 9-4 in the U.S. semifinal Wednesday night.


Ga. Senior Women's champ is Werhnyak

In Elberton, Ga., Lawrence-ville's Darlene Werhnyak made a 6-foot putt on the first hole of playoff to win the Georgia State Golf Association's Senior Women's Open at Arrowhead Pointe at Richard B. Russell State Park.

Mary Reilly of Perry made a double bogey on the playoff hole to finish runner-up. Both shot rounds of 77 and 79.

Defending champion and first-round leader Brenda Pictor (77-80--157) tied for third in the champioship flight. Augusta's Mary Helen McElreath (82-76--158) tied for fifth in the flight.

Augusta's Carolyn Hooks (84-76--160) won the first flight and finished seventh overall. Evans' Jan Cross (87-83--170) won the fourth flight.

- In Seabrook Island, S.C., Matthew NeSmith and MacKenzie Talbert took first place in their respective divisions at the Tommy Cuthbert All-Stars Championship at Ocean Winds Club.

NeSmith shot 71-75--146 in the boys 14-15 division. Talbert shot 76-76-152 in the girls 14-18 division. Both junior golfers are from North Augusta.

Aiken's Taylor Dodson (39-39--78) finished second in the girls 11-13 division, one spot ahead of North Augusta's Jessica Hoang (39-41--80).


Lady Pacers unveil 2008-09 schedule

The USC Aiken women's basketball team will play 13 games against teams that participated in this year's NCAA Tournament, according to the 2008-2009 schedule released by coach Mike Brandt .

The defending Peach Belt Conference co-champion Lady Pacers begin the season Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the Disney Division II Tip-Off Classic in Orlando, Fla.

USC Aiken's first home game will be No. 16 against Anderson. The lone Division I team on this season's slate is College of Charleston, which will play host to the Lady Pacers on Dec. 31.

- The Augusta State women's cross country team was picked to finished second among ten teams by Peach Belt Conference coaches in the league's preseason poll.

Defending champion Columbus State was the favorite after garnering seven first-place votes. Augusta State, Georgia College & State and Lander received one first-place vote apiece.

USC Aiken, which is coming off its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, was picked sixth.

- Former Augusta State softball standout Ashley Roberts has been named the school's assistant media relations director. She will serve as the primary contact for Jaguars volleyball, softball, and men's and women's tennis.

Horse Racing

Pryo the favorite to take Travers Stakes

Pyro and Macho Again will lead a 12-horse field in the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday.

Pyro, trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan , drew the No. 11 post and was made the 7-2 morning-line favorite, despite having finished second to Macho Again in the Jim Dandy Stakes on July 27.

Macho Again, trained by Dallas Stewart , drew the No. 5 post and will be ridden by Julien Leparoux .



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