Jackets doomed by errors in loss
In Hickory, N.C., Travis Demeritte homered and the Hickory Crawdads took advantage of six Augusta errors in a 12-7 victory over the GreenJackets on Monday night.
Left-fielder Eugene Escalante had three of the errors for the GreenJackets, who have lost seven of their past eight games.
Chase Johnson (1-4) took the loss for Augusta, allowing nine runs – five earned – on eight hits in five innings.
Jeremy Sy and Cristian Paulino hit home runs for Augusta, who wrap up the four-game series with the Crawdads at 11 a.m. today before opening a seven-game homestand Wednesday night against West Virginia.
Pacers earn bid to tournament
USC Aiken earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament on Sunday night.
The Pacers will be the fourth seed in the Southeast Regional, which will be held in Cary, N.C.
USC Aiken will open play in the double-elimination tournament Thursday against third-seeded Columbus State. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.
No. 2 Mount Olive will face No. 5 Georgia College at 2 p.m., and top-seeded Lander, the regional host, will play No. 6 Catawba at 7.
Evans junior wins at Bartram Trail
Tyler Barker posted rounds of 72 and 68 to win the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s Augusta Junior Shootout at Bartram Trail Golf Club on Sunday.
The Evans golfer finished at 4-under-par 140, beating Andrew Bourg, of Peachtree City, Ga., by four shots in the boys 15-18 division.
Alex Wells, of Evans, finished fourth at 145.
Isidora Quevedo, of Chile, won the girls 15-18 division with 2-over 142. Sarah Harrison, of Martinez, was runner-up at 150.
Grant Smith, of Charlotte, N.C., took the title in the boys 11-14 division with 138. Austin Heider, of Evans, was second at 143 and Andrew Chong, of Grovetown, was third at 144.
Christyn Carr, of Johns Creek, Ga., won the girls 11-14 division with 151. Kendall Smith, of Martinez, was third at 163.
Williams will not commit to event
In Rome, Serena Williams isn’t committing to playing in the Italian Open yet as she waits to see how her injured left thigh feels.
The top-ranked Williams withdrew before her quarterfinal match at the Madrid Open last week.
“I’m taking it a day at a time. We’ll see as the week goes on. I have the rest of the day off and I’ll see how I feel tomorrow,” Williams said Monday.
Indy 500-winning car designer dies
A.J. Watson, a mechanic and designer who played a key role in several Indianapolis 500 victories in the 1950s and ’60s, died Monday at age 90.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials confirmed the death, citing members of Watson’s family. Speedway President Doug Boles called Watson one of the most innovative mechanics and car builders in the track’s 105-year history.
Watson designed and built roadsters in the 1960s – one of which A.J. Foyt drove to the second of his four Indy wins. Watson was the chief mechanic on four cars that reached Indy’s Victory Lane between 1955 and 1962, three of which he built. Watson also constructed three other Indy-winning cars in the ‘60s.