Jackets hurlers fan 16 batters
In Kannapolis, N.C., three Augusta pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts as the GreenJackets concluded a successful road trip with a 6-1 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Wednesday night.
Starter Kendry Flores (6-5) allowed no runs and three hits in seven innings while striking out 11. He was followed by Ian Gardeck, who struck out the side in the eighth and Matthew Lujan in the ninth, who had two strikeouts while giving up an unearned run.
Augusta scored its runs on RBI singles by Andrew Cain, Matt Duffy, Trevor Brown, Mitchell Delfino and Joseph Rapp. The other run came in on a hit batsman with the bases loaded.
The GreenJackets (8-5 in the second half of the South Atlantic League season) completed a 5-2 road trip.
They begin a four-game homestand against Charleston, S.C., tonight, followed by an off day and then another seven-game road trip.
Ramsey, Covar make U.S. Am
In Kiawah Island, S.C., former Evans resident Ashlan Ramsey led a group of 10 golfers to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur this week.
Ramsey, who now lives in Milledgeville, Ga., won the qualifier with 4-under-par 68.
Also qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Amateur, scheduled for Aug. 5-11 at Country Club of Charleston, was Edgefield’s Anne Marie Covar, who plays for Wofford.
Covar shot 73 and finished in a nine-way tie for sixth. She was among those who advanced in a nine-player sudden-death playoff for five spots.
Area players failing to advance were North Augusta’s Jessica Hoang (76), Evans’ Eunice Yi (79), North Augusta’s Ashley Rose (WD) and Aiken’s Taylor Dodson (DQ).
• New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is moonlighting this week as Ryan Palmer’s caddie at The Greenbrier Classic.
With the start of NFL training camp later this month, Payton said he was planning to spend a week relaxing at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.
One thing led to another, and Payton ended up agreeing to help Palmer, who gave his regular PGA Tour caddie the week off.
“It’s pretty cool to hear the mindset of one of the great coaches in the game, Super Bowl winning coach,” Palmer said.
After two days of participating in practice rounds and pro-am events, Payton said Wednesday he realized “this isn’t a vacation.”
Payton and Palmer are good friends who met in Dallas. They see each other when Palmer plays in the Zurich Classic in Louisiana and they’ve played an occasional round together during the summers.
MVP is All-Star at new position
Alex Ovechkin is an NHL first-team All-Star for the sixth time, but his first as a right wing.
The Capitals star is the second player to make the team at multiple positions, joining Hall of Famer Mark Messier, a four-time selection – twice at left wing and twice at center.
Ovechkin, a five-time choice at left wing, had 32 goals in 48 games and earned his third Hart Trophy as MVP.
Despite playing only four of 48 games this season at left wing, Ovechkin earned enough votes at the position to qualify for second-team honors.
Messier didn’t qualify at multiple positions in the same season.