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In one crazy record-breaking inning last Thursday, the Savannah Sand Gnats defeated the Greenville Bombers 4-3 -- without registering so much as a single base hit.

The bizarre feat got the attention of ESPN, which covered the event on “Baseball Tonight” and “Sportscenter.”

Down 2-0 going into the bottom of the third, “Savannah strung together a four-run frame with little more than Scotch Tape and bubblegum,” says Savannah Sand Gnats communications director Kevin Gray.

After Trey Webb led off the inning with a fly out to center, seven of the next eight Gnats reached base on five walks and two hit batsmen. A stolen base and two wild pitches later, Savannah had scored four runs without a base hit.

It’s a South Atlantic League record, according to Gray -- the highest number of runs ever scored in a Sallie League victory without a base hit.

Saddled with the loss was hapless Greenville reliever Jesus Delgado, who went a third of an inning, surrendering two runs on four walks, a hit batsmen and two wild pitches.

Gnats manager Randy Knorr, a 20-year veteran, joked, “It was good coaching.”


Eleven members of the Savannah-based “Flying Tiger” Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol participated in a statewide search and rescue evaluation at St. Simon Island on May 21, working with other C.A.P. squadrons throughout the state.

The Civil Air Patrol is an all-volunteer, all-civilian official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. The Savannah Composite FLYING TIGER Squadron is based at the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport under the direction of Captain Bob Olson.

Formed in 1941, the Civil Air Patrol performs more than 95 percent of all U.S.A.F. directed search and rescue missions with a fleet of nearly 600 aircraft and more than 64,000 members. The St. Simon Island Squadron and the Savannah Squadron have been operational since 1942, and also provided a cadet program and aerospace education opportunities for teenage girls and boys and the public.


“Good Morning America” movie critic Joel Siegel will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree when he addresses more than 1,100 graduates at this year’s SCAD commencement ceremony.

The event takes place Saturday, May 28, at 9 a.m. in the Savannah Civic Center.

Siegel is the only drama critic to ever receive a Tony nomination, for his book for The First, a Broadway musical about the life of Jackie Robinson.

Siegel is president and co-founder (with actor Gene Wilder) of Gilda’s Club, a New York-based organization in honor of Wilder’s late wife, comic Gilda Radner. The group offers emotional and social support for cancer patients and families.

SCAD has announced its honor graduates for 2005. The 2005 valedictorian is Margaret Coughlin, who came to SCAD from New York City to earn a BFA degree in photography. She had already earned a BFA in English literature from Hunter College, spent four years in a Ph.D. program at the City University of New York Graduate Center and earned a certificate from the New York Film Academy. Her academic record includes a 4.0 GPA and the distinction of being named to the Dean’s List every quarter.

The college named two salutatorians, Joanna Davidovich and Sriram Bhat. Davidovich is receiving a BFA degree in animation. She has been on the Dean’s List every quarter, maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Bhat, who is receiving a BFA degree in illustration with a minor in drawing, has been on the Dean’s List all four years, maintaining a 4.0.


A second man is now in custody in connection with the shooting death of Ervin Law on Rogers Street last week.

Willie Liddell, 21, of a Franklin Street address in Savannah, turned himself in only hours after he eluded police during a foot pursuit in Tatemville.

The first arrestee, Ronnell Valentine, 23, was taken into custody without incident from his South Street residence.

Both men are charged with murder.