AREA PREP, COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton completes sweep of Andrew

ALBANY — Darton baseball finished its three-game sweep of Region XVII foe Andrew on Monday with a 6-5 win.

Darton, which is ranked No. 12 in the nation and has won 16 out of its last 17 games, improved its record to 28-8 overall and 15-1 in the region.

The Cavs jumped ahead early with three runs in each of the first two innings off Andrew starter Chance Armour. Darton starter Jordan Villhauer (3-1) got the win and pitched five innings, struck out three and allowed just two hits and an unearned run.

Andrew (14-20, 3-9) crept back into the game with Darton sophomore Ethan Glass on the mound, but then the Tigers were shut down by Andrew Crumbley, who threw 2 1/3 perfect innings and picked up his third save of the year.

Parker Nix was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI to lead Darton at the plate, while Andrew’s Travis Trott had a two-run homer in the sixth inning off of Glass.

Darton plays again today at ABAC, and Andrew is in action today at home against Gordon.

Lee win streak snapped; Baconton tops Worth

ROSWELL — Lee County’s Daniel Nichols belted his seventh home run of the season Monday, but it wasn’t enough to save the Trojans, who lost to Centennial, 8-4.

The loss snapped a five-game winnings streak for Lee County, who fell to 9-5 overall.

Jess Posey started but had a limited pitch count and was relieved in the third inning by freshman Matt Hatcher, who gave up four runs in 2/3 of an inning and took his first loss of the season.

Nichols’ two-run homer came in the first inning, while Andrew Strowd also hit a homer — his second of the season.

Lee County plays again at 2 p.m. today at Centennial.

BACONTON 2, WORTH 1: The Blazers edged the Rams on a double steal by William Sullivan in the seventh inning Monday to improve to 10-4 on the season.

Brock Pinson picked up the victory, going all seven innings and striking out eight, while allowing just three hits — two of them to Worth’s Brandon Weaver.

Worth returns to action today to ace Cairo in a key Region 1-AAA game, while Baconton next plays Thursday at Mitchell County.