Lady Wildcats win coin toss, top seed
Following Laney's 56-50 win over No. 3 Richmond Academy on Friday night, Lady Wildcats coach Otis Smart received more good news Saturday.
Laney won a coin toss at Saturday's coaches' meeting with the Lady Musketeers and will be the No. 1 seed in this week's region tournament. Although Richmond Academy is the second seed, the top two seeds automatically advance to the state tournament.
Harlem and Jefferson County girls will have a play-in game in Harlem on Tuesday. The tournament begins Thursday, and Laney and Richmond Academy will play the winners on Friday after first-round byes.
"We came a long way this year," Smart said. "This is my 19th year coaching, and normally we get off to a bang. But we had to fight through a lot of uphill battles. We finally got back on track and when we beat Glenn Hills it gave us a boost."
The region championships are set for Saturday with the girls game at 7 p.m., followed by the boys at 8:30. Consolation games will be played earlier that day.
Jaguars share third in tournament
Augusta State's men team shot the lowest score of the second round, a 5-under 275 day and moved up from ninth to third in the 25th annual Gator Invitational Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.
University of Alabama-Birmingham leads the event after rounds of 274-282-556 at the University of Florida Golf Course, a par-70 layout that is 6,701 yards. Tournament host and defending champion Florida is second with rounds of 282-283-565. The Jaguars (291-275-566) are tied with LSU (289-277-566) heading into today's final round.
Augusta State freshman Scott Jamieson is tied for second after shooting 70-65-135. Other Jaguars: Oliver Wilson (T6, 73-65-138); Michael Webb (T32, 74-72-146); Emmett Turner (T52, 74-75-149); and Brendan Fisher (T60, 78-73-151).
Childers signs one-year contract
Former Westside standout pitcher Matt Childers agreed to terms on a one-year contract Friday with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Childers was 2-2 with a 3.43 in 39 1/3 innings of work with Milwaukee's Double-AA affiliate, the Huntsville Stars.
Pitcher Brian Mallette, infielder Jeff Deardorff, outfielder Midre Cummings and infielder Izzy Alcantara also agreed to terms with Milwaukee.
Augusta State routs Barton College
Augi Rodriguez pitched eight innings of solid baseball and Augusta State pounded out 17 hits as the Jaguars defeated Barton College 14-3 Saturday at Jaguar Field.
Rodriguez scattered four hits and struck out five. The Jaguars (4-2) scored five runs in the third and the rout was on.
Matt May was 4-for-4 with a triple and 2 RBI while Brandon Sumlin and John Graham each had two hits and 3 RBI.
The teams will conclude their series today at 1 p.m.
It was Tech's 13th victory in a row in the series and its 11th in a row on Southern's home field. Bakker (1-0) held the Eagles to four singles, struck out seven and did not issue a walk.
Gary Bell (1-0) pitched five innings, giving up one hit and a run to lead the Gamecocks (2-0). Gonce got things going in the first inning with a three-run homer as South Carolina sent 12 batters to the plate and scored eight runs.