Jackets’ playoff hopes are gone
In Rome, Ga., Augusta fell apart in the ninth inning Wednesday, falling 4-3 to the Rome Braves in a game that eliminated the GreenJackets from playoff contention.
Augusta (36-29) has only five games left in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division and can’t catch front-running Rome (41-22).
Augusta took a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning on Carlos Willoughby’s two-out RBI single.
In the ninth, Rome’s two runs were unearned. Both came in on reliever Kyle Vazquez’s throwing error.
• The GreenJackets will play against a New York Yankees infielder when Augusta opens a four-game season-ending series with Charleston at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Friday.
Casey McGehee, playing in his fifth season at the big league level, will join the RiverDogs in time for their four-game series this weekend at Lake Olmstead Stadium starting Friday.
The final series of the season for both teams will run through Labor Day.
A statement released by the RiverDogs confirmed McGehee’s addition to the roster. The trip is not officially listed as a rehab assignment. McGehee is expected to remain with Charleston until big league rosters expand from 25 to 40 players on Sept. 1.
McGehee was a contender for the National League’s Rookie of the Year award in 2009 when he hit .301 with 20 doubles and 66 RBI in the first of three seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The 29-year-old infielder started this season with the Pirates but was traded to the Yankees four weeks ago for reliever Chad Qualls.
Hanzel has huge Senior Open lead
In Eatonton, Ga., the field in the Georgia State Golf Association’s Senior Open looks to be playing for second place in today’s final round at Reynolds Plantation’s Great Waters course.
Doug Hanzel, of Savannah, added a tournament-record tying 6-under-par 66 on Wednesday to his opening 68 and has built a 12-shot lead.
The 55-year-old Hanzel, in his first year of eligibility for the tournament, has made 12 birdies against two bogeys.
Hanzel, who is at 10-under 134, leads Joe Whisenant (74-72), Don Marsh (73-73) and Alan Thielemann (73-73).
Three of the seven local players in the field made the cut, which fell at 162.
Kenny Larry (79-78–157) leads the locals, followed by Doug Faulkner (82-79) and Mike Kelley (85-76–161).
Missing the cut were Frank Perry (83-80–163), George Bullard (84-85–169), Richard Felder (93-82) and Mike Jackson (82-WD).
• USC Aiken is ranked fifth in the preseason Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
USC Aiken is one of two Peach Belt Conference teams ranked in the preseason national top-10 – Georgia College & State is No. 8.
USC Aiken was ranked ninth in the final coaches’ poll of 2012 of the spring season.
• The 24 qualifiers for the Regions Bank Amateur Series Matches at Belle Meade Country Club on Sept. 8-9 should contact executive director Gregg Hemann at (706) 860-4228 to confirm their participation.
In the regular division, the qualifers are player of the year Jeff Pope, Chase Epting, Lance Johnson, Brad Eskierka, Keith Downs, Chad Blackston, David Hogan, Will Rogers, Brad Davis, Jesse Key, Gene Thomas and Ryan McCook.
In the senior division, the qualifers are player of the year Glen Hurt, Jeff Roberts, Billy Rangos, Jim Brisson, Rob Bissell, Tommy Carpenter, Frank Perry, Tripp Kuhlke, Kenny Larry, Owen Chivers, Chuck Withers and Mike Jackson.