Augusta splits with Greensboro
In Greensboro, N.C., The Augusta GreenJackets split a doubleheader on Sunday with the Grasshoppers, winning the opener 6-5 and dropping the second game (a contest rained out on 8/10) by a final score of 7-3.
In the opener, Augusta jumped out to a 4-0 lead. After loading the bases, Joseph Rapp singled to drive in Shawn Payne and Trevor Brown. Charles Jones singled, driving in Delfono and Andrew Cain was forced out but Rapp scored.
Then, in the top of the sixth, Jones hit his eighth home run, driving in Rapp with the eventual game-winniing run. Jacob Dunnington (1-0) picked up his first win of the season in relief of starter Matthew Lujan.
Chipper Smith (7-3) took the loss for Greensboro.
In the second game of the day, the GreenJackets fell behind early and were unable to catch the Grasshoppers, who were efficient in plating seven runs on nine hits.
Augusta was led offensively by Alberto Robles, who was 3 for 3 in the game with a home run in the third inning and 2 RBI. Joseph Rapp also had a pair of hits and an RBI.
Daniel Oliver (4-3) went five innings, striking out 4 in earning the win. GreenJackets starter Joe Biagini (7-5) took the loss after allowing seven hits and five earned runs in being chased after the third inning..
High School Softball
Harlem wins Chick-Fil-A
In Grovetown, the Harlem Lady Bulldogs continued their strong, early-season play by capturing the Chick-Fil-A Softball Classic on Saturday, defeating Thomson High School 7-4 in the championship game.
Thomson jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Harlem was able to quiet their bats and rally with a run in the bottom of the third, four in the fifth and another in the sixth inning. The win improves the Lady Bulldogs to 5-0 on the season.
Lizzie Drake (2-0) earned the win on the mound, with Lexie Mays catching. Leading hitters for Harlem were Amber Garrett, 3-4; Bailey Sheppard, 2-3; Emily Aplin, 2-3 and Lexie Mays, 1-2;
In earlier action on Saturday, Harlem defeated Elbert County 11-7 and Westside 13-1. Amber Garrett (3-0) was the winning pitcher for the Lady Bulldogs in both contests, with Kimberly Hill catching.
Leading hitters for Harlem versus Elbert Co. were Sheppard, 1-3; Christian Mullis, 1-3; Cassie Blizzard, 2-2 with a double and Aplin, 1-2. Leading hitters for the Lady Bulldogs versus Westside were Lindsey Stokes, 2-2 with 2 RBI; and Maddison Summers, 2-2. Sheppard, Blizzard and Aplin each had a double in the game.
The next game for Harlemwill be at Jefferson County on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Danielson wins Tour of Utah
In Park City, Utah, American Tommy Danielson won the Tour of Utah on Sunday, finishing third behind Spain’s Francisco Macebo in the sixth stage.
Danielson, riding for Garmin-Sharp, finished with an overall time of 23 hours, 5 minutes, 45 seconds. He was second Saturday in the fifth stage.
The difference maker for Danielson ended up being the final climb over Empire Pass. He left nothing to chance, breaking away from the Peloton at the start of the climb and creating a large enough time gap to give himself a cushion on the descent into Park City.
He kept a steady pace to the top to position himself for the win.