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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton loses rare region game to ABAC

TIFTON — Matt Fryman slapped a two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth to break up a 4-4 tie and lead ABAC to a 6-4 victory against Darton Tuesday night as the Cavaliers (28-9) lost for only the second time in Region XVII play, where they are now 15-2.

The Cavs started ace and former Lee County star Matt Aldrich, who gave up four runs (one earned) on five hits and seven walks while striking out seven over 5 2/3 innings as Darton fell behind 3-0 in the first inning and trailed 4-2 early.

Darton came back, thanks in part to Evan Carr, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, and Russell Melton, who went 2-for-4 and scored twice after stealing a pair of bases.

Steven Williams, who pitched the final 2 1/3 innings in relief, took the loss. He gave up two runs on a walk and four hits, including Fryman’s two-run single.

Darton plays ABAC at home at 6 p.m. Friday.


Lee has 21 hits, bombs Centennial, 24-4

ROSWELL — Jack Bell not only got his first varsity hit for Lee County on Tuesday, but he went 3-for-3 with a single, double and triple, and drove in four runs.

That’s the kind of day it was for the Trojans, who beat Centennial, 24-4, in five innings. Austin Joiner also got his first varsity hit — a single early in the game, and then he belted his first varsity home run — a monster three-run shot in the fifth.

It was the final game of the two-game series against Centennial, which is coached by Jake Hill, a former Lee County player and assistant coach.

Luke Roland hit his third homer of the season, a two-run shot in Lee’s eight-run second inning, and Chad Moore went 2-for-5 and drove in five runs. Andrew Stroud went 2-for-2 and drove in three runs, and Mark Fowler and Jess Posey each had two hits as the Trojans banged out 21 hits in the game.

Chris Mosley started and went three innings, giving up seven hits while striking out three and walking three, and Brent Kyzar three two solid innings in relief to shut the door, giving up just one hit while striking out three. He hit on batter and faced only eight batters over two innings.

It was the final game of the two-game series against Centennial, which is coached by Jake Hill, a former Lee County player and assistant coach.

Lee County (10-5) travels to Bainbridge for a doubleheader on Friday, beginning at 5 p.m.