LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: SGA softball off to best start in school history; Darton beats GSW in women's soccer scrimmage; local golfers shine in SJGT event

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

DAMASCUS -- SGA had little trouble on Saturday, to get off to its best start ever -- a 6-0 beginning that has the promise of a big season.

Heather Grebel went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and drove in five runs for SGA, and Jenna Kitchings had a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three RBI. Addison Ponder went 2-for-3, and drove in three runs, and Hayley Chappel had two doubles and two RBI. Bethany Bodrey also had two hits and drove in two runs.

"We've had so many close one lately, I don't feel bad about this one,'' said SGA coach Tommy Manry, whose pitchers gave up only one hit in the four inning game.

Bailey Ponder improved to 5-0, allowing one hit over three innings, and Allison Houston pitched a 1-2-3 fourth to put this one away.

"We had several hits and Chappel hit one hit top of fence and came back. It sure has come close,'' Manry said. "We started out last two or three years pretty good, but never started regular season 6-0."


Darton women's soccer beats GSW in scrimmage

ALBANY -- Storm clouds loomed as Darton's women's soccer team dominated Georgia Southwestern State University, 3-0, in an exhibition game Saturday night.

Scoing for Darton was forwards Shelby Bush with two goals and Taylor Benpon with one goal, and getting assists were Arie Walsh, Shenel Gall, and Christine Kelly.

The game was cut short due to storms in the area, but according to head coach Ken Veilands, it served its purpose.

"This game exposed some weaknesses we have to work on," he said.

The inclement weather prevented Veilands from being able to observe all of his athletes in play, but he is already looking at ways in which his team can improve.

"We've got to get central mid-field better", he said. "They need to learn to play physically stronger."

The team will spend the coming week preparing for their first official game of the season where the Lady Cavaliers will travel to Pensacola, Fla., to meet Tyler Community College on Saturday at 6 p.m.


Joiner Bros. shine at local SJGT event

ALBANY -- It's turning into the "Joiner Bros. Show" at the Doublegate Junior Classic.

Albany's Tyler Joiner (Male 12-13 age group) shot a 75 Saturday and Jacob Joiner (14-15) shot a 76 to finish the day first and third in their age groups, respectively.

Valdosta's David Hobby shot a 71 to lead the Male 16-9 group, while Chris Sells (14-15), Payton M. Schanen (Female 12-14) and Emee Herbert (15-19) all led their respective groups.

Joshua Crews, also from Albany, was 8th in the 14-15 age group after he shot an 80.

The final round of the 75-player tournament is today.