Minor League Baseball
Sand Gnats start fast vs. Jackets
In Savannah, Ga., the Savannah Sand Gnats scored all the runs they would need in the first inning en route to a 5-1 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets on Friday night.
The Sand Gnats scored three runs in the first inning – one on a throwing error by starter Christopher Marlowe and another when Marlowe walked Brian Harrison with the bases loaded.
Augusta scored its run in the seventh inning on Jesus Galindo’s fielder’s choice.
Brett Krill and Ben Thomas had three hits each for Augusta, now 1-1 in the second half of the South Atlantic League season.
Ramsey in final of Public Links
In Neshanic Station, N.J., former Martinez resident Ashlan Ramsey won two matches Friday, including a 1-up victory over Kim Kaufman, of Clark, S.D., in the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Public Links Championship.
The 16-year-old Ramsey, who now lives in Milledgeville, Ga., will take on Kyung Kim in the final this morning at 8.
Kim beat Alice Jeon 3 and 2.
In her quarterfinal match, Ramsey beat Emilie Burger 4 and 3.
Ramsey won the Georgia PGA Junior Championship earlier this year.
• In Gordonsville, Va., Seamus Power easily won his second eGolf Tour event of the season, taking the Spring Creek Classic.
The former East Tennessee State golfer closed with 5-under-par 66 to finish at 16-under 197 in the 54-hole event. He won $15,000.
Power, who won the River Run Classic in late May, had missed the cut in four of his previous five starts.
Drew Weaver had 69 to finish second, five shots back.
Aiken’s Alex Hamilton tied for 15th after 70. He finished at 209.
• The race for the regular division title in this weekend’s Goshen Golf Classic is wide open.
That’s because Jeff Pope, who has won two of the four Regions Bank Amateur Series events this season and finished second in the other two, is skipping this one.
All the top senior division players, headed by Aiken’s Jeff Roberts, are entered. Roberts is the points leader through four tournaments with 121, followed by Frank Perry with 115.
The top 10 on the senior division points list are entered, including Augusta’s Kenny Larry, who is sixth on the list with 100 and is coming off a victory at Persimmon Hill last weekend.
Transfer will not play for Pacers
Spartanburg Methodist pitcher Ryne Slack, who planned to transfer to USC Aiken, has instead signed with the Texas Rangers.
Slack has been playing summer baseball for the Forest City (N.C.) Owls of the Coastal Plains League.
The Ninety Six, S.C., native made 10 appearances (seven starts) for Spartanburg Methodist last season. He owned a 3-1 record in 34⅓ innings.
League denies all allegations
The NFL denies accusations it covered up retractions made by key witnesses in its bounty investigation, or that Commissioner Roger Goodell has placed gag orders on Saints employees and others who could help punished players clear their names.
Lawyer Peter Ginsberg, who represents suspended Saints player Jonathan Vilma, made the accusations when punished players appeared earlier this week for an appeal hearing.