Jackets close series with win
In Savannah, Ga., designated hitter Shayne Houck had three RBI to lead the Augusta GreenJackets to a 9-1 victory over the Savannah Sand Gnats, salvaging one game in the series.
Augusta had lost the first two games, but a seven-run second inning Thursday helped the GreenJackets move back to the .500 mark at 9-9.
Houck had a two-run double in the second inning and a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Augusta starter Joan Gregorio (5-2) struck out nine batters while giving up four hits and one run in six innings of work. Steven Okert went the rest of the way, allowing one hit.
Augusta’s Knox is tied for fourth
In Kennesaw, Ga., Augusta’s Jeff Knox is tied for fourth place after the first round of the Georgia Amateur Championship at Pinetree Country Club.
Knox, who is 50 years old, shot 1-under-par 70 and is three shots off the lead of David Noll Jr., of Dalton, who is a two-time champion.
Knox leads a large contingent of players with area ties.
They are Kelby Burton (71), Cody Shafer (72), Austin Vick (73), Chris Waters (74), Chase Parker (74), Lee Knox (76), Jacob Tilton (76), William Sigg (76), Brian Carter (78), Evan Usry (78) and Davis Parker (83).
The starting field of 144 will be cut to the low 70 and ties after today’s round.
• In Kannapolis, N.C., former Clemson golfer Corbin Mills and Donnie Baucom share the clubhouse lead in the eGolf Tour’s rain-delayed Southern Open.
Baucom, of Orangevale, Calif., shot 5-under-par 66 and Mills had 68 to move to 8-under 134.
They were among the handful of players to complete the second round at the water-logged Club at Irish Creek.
Mills and Baucom are one shot ahead of Jordan Walor (66-69).
Former USC Aiken golfer Matt Atkins is at 68-73–141.
First-round leader Brandon Cobb, of Louisville, Ga., didn’t complete the second round. Neither did ex-Augusta State golfers Taylor Floyd and Mitch Krywulycz. Cobb opened with 64 while Floyd had 69 and Krywulycz 73.
The second round is scheduled to be completed starting this morning.
Top seed moves in quarterfinals
In Stuttgart, Germany, top-seeded Tommy Haas beat Ernests Gulbis, of Latvia, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 to join two other Germans in the Mercedes Cup quarterfinals.
The 35-year-old Haas is the oldest player in the top 100 and is looking for his second title of the year. Haas won another tournament in Munich, also on clay.
• In Newport, R.I., American Michael Russell advanced to the semifinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships by outlasting No. 3 seed Igor Sijsling of The Netherlands 7-6 (3), 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5).
The 35-year old Russell lost the first three points of the deciding tiebreaker before rallying to reach his second career ATP semifinal.
• In Budapest, Hungary, Chanelle Scheepers, of South Africa, reached her third quarterfinals of the year when she defeated Petra Martic, of Croatia, 7-5, 6-4 at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Scheepers’ next opponent will be Danka Kovinic, of Montenegro, who beat Valeria Solovyeva of Russia 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
Shahar Peer, of Israel, knocked out eighth-seeded Anna Tatishvili, of Georgia, 6-1, 6-1, leaving just three seeded players in the last eight.