Minor League Baseball
Lexington takes care of Augusta
In Lexington, Ky., Jesse Wierzbicki drove in two runs and scored another as the Lexington Legends beat the Augusta GreenJackets 6-1 on Wednesday night.
In addition to his two-run single in the fifth inning, Wierzbicki tripled to open the second inning and scored on a fielder’s choice.
Augusta scored its run in the ninth inning. Jeff Arnold opened the inning with a double and scored on a fielder’s choice.
The GreenJackets (22-29) have lost four of their past five games.
Paul Williams’ surgery is Friday
Paul “The Punisher” Williams is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday, his manager George Peterson said Wednesday.
Williams, who is from Aiken, was paralyzed and has no movement from the waist down after he crashed his motorcycle Sunday morning in Marietta, northwest of Atlanta.
Surgery was originally scheduled for Wednesday. No reason was given for pushing it back.
Williams, 30, severed his spinal cord after falling on his back and head when he was thrown from his motorcycle, Peterson said.
Alabama is still on top at Riviera
In Pacific Palisades, Calif., Alabama extended its lead in the NCAA Division I men’s championships at Riviera Country Club.
The Crimson Tide, who are coached by former Augusta State coach Jay Seawell, shot 3-over-par 287 on Wednesday and have a four-shot lead over UCLA.
Alabama led by three shots after the first round.
The NCAA individual champ will be crowned after 54 holes, while the top eight teams advance to match play.
Illinois’ Thomas Pieters has the individual lead after rounds of 69-68.
Georgia shot 298 on Wednesday and is 19th, nine shots out of eighth place.
Georgia’s Brian Carter, a former Lakeside golfer, has shot 77-77.
• In Conover, N.C., Germany’s Stefan Wiedergruen shot 7-under-par 65 to take the first-round lead in the eGolf Tour’s HGM Hotels Classic at Rock Barn.
Wiedergruen has a one-shot lead over Kevin Tway and Tim Hegarty.
Major Manning had 68 to lead the local contingent. Rob Bennett, Stephen Poole and Mitch Krywulycz had 70s, while Henrik Norlander shot 78.
Augusta State wins PBC award
Augusta State has been named the recipient of the Peach Belt Conference Presidents’ Academic Award.
It was the first time Augusta State has won the award, now in its seventh year.
USC Aiken finished fourth.
The award recognizes excellence in academics concerning all of an institution’s student-athletes.
Sports Council event is tonight
The Augusta Sports Council will hold the 21st annual G.A.M.E.S. Awards banquet tonight at Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center.
Doors will open at 6 p.m., with dinner and the program starting at 7. Tickets are $40 for sports council members and $45 for non-members.
Tables of 10 are also available. For more information or to make a reservation, call (706) 722-8326 ext. 231.
– From staff reports