Delfino’s blast propels Jackets
In Hickory, N.C., Mitch Delfino homered for the second consecutive night and the Augusta GreenJackets beat the Hickory Crawdads 6-3 on Saturday night.
Delfino’s homer – his 12th of the season – came in the sixth inning. The two-run shot put Augusta up for good at 4-3.
Augusta starter Justin Schumer and Mason McVay combined to limit the Crawdads to five hits. Schumer (5-8) gave up four hits in six innings of work.
Augusta (38-23) padded its lead in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League with the win. The front-running GreenJackets have a 4½ game lead over Lexington, which lost 8-1 to Greenville on Saturday.
Larry takes lead at Jones Creek
Kenny Larry will be trying to return to the winner’s circle today while Trey Keepers is seeking to win his first Regions Bank Amateur Series title.
Larry shot 1-under-par 71 on Saturday to lead the senior division after the first round of the E-Z-GO Jones Creek Classic.
Keepers had the same score to top the regular division, which plays the blue tees. The seniors play the shorter white tees.
Larry is the all-time senior division leader in victories with 20, but hasn’t won in more than a year, a span of eight starts.
He’s being chased by Jim Brisson and Phil Nunnery, who had 72s. Glen Hurt shot 73.
In the regular division, Keepers has a one-shot lead over Trevor Balliet. He’s two shots up on Jeff Pope, John Wade and Lance Johnson.
• In Stockbridge, Ga., Rick Cochran III, a nephew of former PGA Tour golfer Russ Cochran, shot 6-under-par 64 to take the 54-hole lead in the NGA Tour’s Eagle’s Landing Classic.
Cochran, a former Middle Tennessee State golfer, has a four-shot lead for over Nicholas Wilson, Cedric Scotto and Kevin Aylwin.
Cochran, who opened with 67-65, is at 14-under 196.
Former USC Aiken All-American Roberto Diaz is tied for 12th after 71 on Saturday. He’s at 205.
Two former Augusta State golfers – Tarik Can and Major Manning – shot 70s and are tied for 41st place at 209.
Open tuneup is taken by Halep
In New Haven, Conn., Simona Halep upset defending champion Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-2 to win the New Haven Open, the final WTA tuneup for next week’s U.S. Open.
The 21-year-old Halep broke the 2011 Wimbledon champion on four consecutive service games. The first break gave her a 3-2 lead in the first set. The fourth put her up 3-0 in the second as she took complete control of the match.
She converted four of her five break points. Kvitova, ranked ninth in the world, was 0 for 4 on her break chances.
It was Halep’s fourth career win, and all of them have come since June. The No. 23 ranked player in the world is now 29-5 in her past 34 matches.
Kiwis on verge of advancing
In San Francisco, Emirates Team New Zealand can wrap up a spot in the America’s Cup match against defending champion Oracle Team USA today.
The Kiwis overpowered Italy’s Luna Rossa in the Louis Vuitton Cup finals again on Saturday.
Team New Zealand only needs one win to advance.
The Kiwis lead Luna Rossa 6-1 in the best-of-13 challenger series.