Minor League Baseball
Jackets pummel Legends on road
In Lexington, Ky., Mitchell Delfino hit a grand slam in the fifth inning and drove in six runs to lead the Augusta GreenJackets to a 12-1 rout of the Lexington Legends on Friday night in the opener of a four-game series.
Delfino finished 2 for 5. Jesus Galindo and Trevor Brown each had four hits for the GreenJackets, who finished with 17. Galindo scored four runs. Shayne Houck and Matthew Duffy knocked in two each.
Kendry Flores (2-0) pitched six scoreless innings to get the win, allowing three hits. He struck out four.
Pacers sweep to claim PBC crown
In Americus, Ga., third-ranked USC Aiken (40-9, 23-6 Peach Belt Conference) swept a doubleheader from Georgia Southwestern (15-30, 5-21) on Friday to claim the regular-season conference championship.
USC Aiken won the first game 3-2 in 11 innings and the second 4-3.
It is Pacers’ second
regular-season title in five years under coach Kenny Thomas. USC Aiken last won the title in 2009.
Evans graduate Tyler Moore hit his first home run of the year to give the Pacers the win in Game 1. He finished 3 for 5 with two runs.
Former Midland Valley standout Taylor Grover retired the side in order in the bottom of the 11th to earn his 11th save.
In the second game, Bryce Baur scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to break a tie and the Pacers held on.
Caleb Smith, of Aiken, pitched the ninth to earn his first save of the season.
• In Ozark, Ala., Benedict College scored eight runs over the final three innings to break the game open and beat Paine College 13-6, eliminating the Lions from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
Jocquese Brunson drove in four runs to lead the Tigers (28-12).
Luis Serrano went 3 for 5 with three RBI for Paine
(19-22-1). William VanWinkle was 4 for 4 with an RBI.
• UNC Pembroke scored three runs in the eighth inning to break a tie and went on to beat Augusta State 7-5 in the first game en route to a doubleheader sweep at Jaguar Field.
The 22nd-ranked Braves (35-14, 18-11 PBC) won the second game 10-6, scoring three runs in the ninth, to extend the Jaguars’ losing streak to 19.
Zade Denton homered and drove in three runs to lead UNC Pembroke in the opener. Hunter Boose went 4 for 5 with an RBI and JD Sabo had two hits, including a homer, for Augusta State (10-36, 3-23).
In the second game, Drew Alford drove in three runs for the Braves. Nate Crown drove in two runs and Boose homered for the Jags.
Today’s game has been moved to noon because of expected inclement weather.
• In Baton Rouge, La., second-ranked Louisiana State University beat 10th-ranked South Carolina 5-2.
Former Greenbrier standout Nolan Belcher (6-4) took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits in 5⅔ innings.
Ping event goes back to old date
Gordon Lakes Golf Course’s Ping Regions Bank Invitational is moving back to its normal late July date for this season’s Regions Bank Amateur Series.
The event was the final event of the series last year, in late August, but will be played this year on July 27-28, according to Bill Fumai, the Gordon Lakes general manager.
The Regions series starts today at Mount Vintage Plantation with the 50th annual Sunbelt Nissan Golf Capital Invitational.