Patriots easily win their opener
Westside’s softball team combined strong pitching and an aggressive offense to sweep Fitzgerald in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs.
The Patriots won the opener 10-2 and the nightcap 6-1.
Sophomore Rachael Bonitatibus picked up both wins, throwing a no-hitter in the second game.
Alexis Sanders went 5 for 7 in the two games.
• Harlem’s football game at Josey will be played on Friday night at 7:30, according to Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis.
Lions have new foe on Saturday
The Paine College club football team will play host to the Orangeburg Eagles on Saturday instead of Atlanta Sports Academy.
Tickets for the originally scheduled game will be honored.
This is the second of four club games this year before Paine begins play in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2014.
Kickoff for Saturday’s game is 2 p.m. at Laney Stadium.
Paine is 0-1 after losing last Saturday to Georgia Prep Sports Academy.
• In Aiken, Caroline Gillespie’s overtime goal gave the USC Aiken women’s soccer team a 2-1 victory over Lincoln Memorial in a nonconference match.
The game-winner came at the 92:04 mark.
Haley Pipkin had the other goal for the Pacers (8-5). She scored at the 25:55 mark.
• In Greenwood, S.C., the USC Aiken women’s volleyball team battled back to win three consecutive sets and beat Lander 3-2 in Peach Belt Conference play.
Lander won the first two sets 25-16 and 25-23 before USC Aiken stormed back to win the next two, 25-17 and 25-22 to force a fifth set.
The Pacers then won the deciding set 21-19.
Taylor Stratton had 16 kills and Ashley Diedrich 13 for the Pacers (13-7, 6-4 Peach Belt). Amanda Bologna had 35 assists.
• Paine’s College’s Deja’ Sims-Dean has been named volleyball newcomer of the week by the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The outside hitter had 21 kills, 20 digs and five service aces over three matches.
She leads the team in kills, service aces and block assists this season with 129, 29 and 19, respectively.
Ground Loop will go on as planned
Despite the cancellation of this weekend’s Boshears SkyFest, one of the airshow’s events is still a go.
The Boshears Memorial Ground Loop, an annual 5K and 10K that benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA, will continue as planned, Amanda Stevens, of the Boys & Girls Clubs, confirmed Wednesday.
The race will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, and the course is certified. Chip timing will be implemented for the runners. Online registration runs until tonight.
For more information, visit www.bgcaugusta.org.
Lamback event returns on Friday
The second annual Fred Lamback Disability Swim Meet will be held Friday through Sunday at the Augusta Aquatics Center.
The Aiken-Augusta Swim League is playing host to the Augusta Sports Council event.
It is expected to draw more than 75 athletes from around the country, with many of the participants being disabled veterans.
It is open to swimmers with a physical, visual, or intellectual impairment.