Local results for April 4
The Aiken High School boys’ soccer team battled to a 2-2 draw against Greenbrier Wednesday. Machi Provost and Dylan Snow scored the goals for the Hornets (9-5-1), who got four saves from goalie Bradley Cardona.
Aiken will be off through spring break and will return to action on April 16 at White Knoll.
South Aiken 10
The South Aiken boys won their second game in a row by a lopsided margin, traveling to Georgia for a win over Grovetown. Daniel Zaremba had a hat trick for the Thoroughbreds (11-2) while teammates Chris Schifer and Phillip Hare contributed two goals apiece. Marcel Martinez, Tareq Hailiat and Matt Albertson rounded out the scoring for South Aiken, which will cross the Savannah River again today for a game at Lakeside High School.
North Augusta 7
North Augusta scored a big win over Hephzibah, with six players accounting for seven goals. Derek Bussey was the only Yellow Jacket to find the back of the net twice, while teammates Joe Smith, Fed N’kutula, Bailey Van Haastrecht, Blake Busby and Jose Uzcanga also scored. North Augusta (3-7) will play at home tonight against Evans.
The Aiken girls suffered a tough loss against Greenbrier. Kelly Coons had 10 saves for the Hornets, who won’t play again until an April 16 contest at home against White Knoll.
South Aiken 10
Jessica Schifer had a monster game for South Aiken in a dominant win over Grovetown. Schifer had a hat trick and added five assists to go with her three goals. T-Bred teammates Alaina Gay and Macey Bosley each had two goals and an assist, while Sabrina Giancroce contributed two goals and two assists. Laura Barnes rounded out the scoring with a goal and an assist for South Aiken (11-2-1), which will play host to Lakeside tonight.
Strom Thurmond 5
Silver Bluff 4
In its final game before spring break, the Silver Bluff baseball team lost a one-run game to Strom Thurmond. Jordan Lambert (2-1) took the loss for the Bulldogs (13-4), who were led on offense by Dalton Smith, who was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Graham Hatfield and Jake Clark both went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Rebels.
Silver Bluff’s next game will be at Barnwell on April 16 in a contest that could determine the Region 5-AA champion.
North Augusta 8
North Augusta got a balanced effort from its batting order in a win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt. Ryan Hammond led the way, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Corbin Lutier and Zach Jarvis both went 2-for-3, with Jarvis scoring two runs. Bryson Conner and Cody Turner also had two hits apiece for the Yellow Jackets, who supplied enough offense to make Chaz Davey the winning pitcher.
USC Aiken 0-3
The USC Aiken softball team was swept in a doubleheader against Carson-Newman at J.H. Satcher Field, losing a pair of one-run games. Carson-Newman (26-12) picked up a narrow 1-0 victory in the first game and defeated USCA (20-16-1) 4-3 in 10 innings in the nightcap.
In the opener, India Kornegay (11-8) was the tough-luck loser. She gave up only two hits and the one earned run, while striking out eight Eagles over seven innings. Unfortunately for Kornegay, one of the hits was a solo home run by Sara Kelley in the fourth inning.
Victoria Burkett was 2-for-2 with a walk for the Pacers, who had five hits to Carson-Newman’s two.
In the second game, USCA rallied from a three-run deficit thanks to Cortney Sadler’s two-run home run and Sarah Montei’s run-scoring single in the seventh inning. Neither team scored until the 10th inning, when Britany Hefner hit a solo home run, her second of the game, to score the game-winning run for the Eagles.
Taylor Morgan took the loss for the Pacers, pitching all 10 innings. She struck out 13, while falling to 9-8 on the season.
The Pacers will next be in action on the road on Friday when they make the short trip to take on rival and Peach Belt foe Augusta State in a doubleheader. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Midland Valley JV 9
South Aiken 6
Jace Bennefield picked up a win in the pitchers’ circle and hit a triple for the Midland Valley junior varsity squad in its victory over South Aiken. Angel Toole and Haylie Fittery both went 2-for-2 with a triple for the Mustangs (14-3), while Carly Dempsey was the pitcher of record for South Aiken.
USC Aiken women win, but men lose in matches against Lander
The USC Aiken women’s tennis team claimed a 5-3 Peach Belt Conference victory over Lander. In the men’s match, featuring two top-30 teams, seventh-ranked Lander bested the No. 30 USC Aiken men, 5-1.
The loss for the USC Aiken men (9-5, 3-5) against Lander (12-1, 8-0) snapped a three-match winning streak for the Pacers. The USC Aiken women (10-7, 5-6) after their win over Lander (7-7, 4-6) have now won two straight matches.
Because of expected inclement weather in the area, USCA’s scheduled match at Belmont Abbey today has been cancelled. The USCA men and women will now close out their week with a home match against PBC foe Georgia College at home on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.