Pacers’ DH runs hit streak to 15

In Dahlonega, Ga., designated hitter Bill Gerstenslager extended his hitting streak with three hits, including a homer, in USC Aiken’s 13-2 baseball victory over North Georgia on Friday.

Gerstenslager has hit safely in 15 consecutive games for the No. 8 Pacers (23-5, 10-3 Peach Belt Conference), who have won eight in a row.

Ryan Metzler, who also had three hits, has a 13-game hitting streak.

• In Aiken, Georgia Southwestern’s pitching shut down USC Aiken in a doubleheader softball sweep.

The Hurricanes won the opener 1-0 and the nightcap 3-1.

Kaitlyn White had two of USC Aiken’s six hits the opener.

She also had the only hit in Game 2 – a triple – off starter Ashley Cavender, who struck out five in a complete game performance.

White scored in the sixth off on Sarah Monti’s sacrifice fly.

USC Aiken is now 17-13.

• Three USC Aiken basketball players and a coach have been honored by the US National Association of Basketball Coaches.

USC Aiken men’s coach Vince Alexander was named the Division II Southeast All-District Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Senior guard Re’mon Nelson and junior forward Paul Larsen made the first team.

On the women’s side, senior guard Daniela Tarailo made the first team.

• Because of the threat of inclement weather, Augusta State’s softball doubleheader against West Georgia, scheduled for Sunday, will now be played Wednesday.

The doubleheader will start at 2 p.m. at Jaguar Field. The Lady Jaguars are 12-20.

High Schools

Combine is set today in Evans

AthElite Sports Training Academy is holding its annual All-Area Football Combine today from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event will be held at AthElite Sports Training Academy, located at 2520 Associates Way in Evans.

The event features All-Area high school players from The Augusta Chronicle showing their talents in events like the 40-yard dash and others seen at the NFL Scouting Combine.

AAU Basketball

Event continues at area schools

The Hoop Quest I Boys and Girls AAU Super Regional Basketball Tournament continues today and concludes Sunday.

The event, which features 63 teams, is hosted by Augusta Power Foundation, Inc. and PQSports.

Hoop Quest is a premier Grassroots travel basketball event to qualify for the AAU Nationals.

Teams from Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina will compete at Patriots Park, Evans Middle and High School, Greenbrier Middle and High School and Augusta Christian.

For the schedule, go to www.pqsports.net.


Ross nips Cook for super G win

In Squaw Valley, Calif., Laurenne Ross won super G in the U.S. Alpine Championships, beating Stacey Cook by 0.01 seconds for her first national title.

Defending champion Julia Mancuso was third, 0.08 seconds behind Ross.

The race served as the first half of the combined event, pairing the fastest times from super G and slalom.

In the men’s race, Squaw Valley star Travis Ganong won by 0.20 seconds on his home course.

– From staff and wire reports