LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Albany State baseball, Darton softball lose tourney games; DC baseball splits

OZARK, Ala. — The Rams finally ran out of pitching.

After getting a pair of gutty performances on the mound from ace Ken Nesbitt and Demonzio Stubbs in the opening two rounds of the conference tournament, Stillman rocked ASU starter Clifford Peterson on Saturday and sent the Rams into the loser’s bracket.

Stillman, the West’s No. 1 seed, scored 10 runs in the second inning and never looked back, winning, 14-3, in seven innings.

The Rams will play at 10 this morning against either Paine or Miles. If the Rams win, they will need to beat Stillman twice in the afternoon to claim the conference title.

Peterson pitched just 1 1/3 innings and gave up nine runs and six hits.

Corbin Williams was 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Rams, while Rickey Harris was 1-for-4 with two RBI.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------LADY CAVS FALL: Darton’s road to a second straight Region XVII title just got a lot more challenging.

The Lady Cavs lost Saturday’s semifinal game to Gordon, 4-3, sending Darton into the loser’s bracket.

A win would have put Darton in the championship game, but now the Lady Cavs will need to beat ABAC at 10 this morning then beat Gordon in back-to-back games this afternoon to advance to the national tournament.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------DC BASEBALL SPLITS: The Cavs split a doubleheader Saturday with Middle Georgia, which clinched the regular season Region XVII title after winning the opening game, 4-1.

Darton, which held the region lead for most of the season before losing seven of eight games the last two weeks, won the second game, 6-3.

The victory gave Darton its 35th victory, setting a school record for wins in a season.

The Cavs (35-15, 20-8) are in second place in the region but only have a one-game lead over Georgia Perimeter, which will play Darton in a four-game series next week to end the regular season.

If Darton at least splits with Georgia Perimeter, then the Cavs clinch the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament May 10-13.

With its regular season region title, Middle Georgia automatically qualifies for the district tournament. The other ticket to district will be handed out to the champion of the region tournament (unless Middle Georgia wins the tournament, which means the runner-up will advance to district).

Darton freshman A.J. Sunstrom picked up the loss in the opener, and Cody Wofford and Russell Melton were the lone Cavs with more than one hit.

Cavs ace and former Lee County star Matt Aldrich threw a complete game in the nightcap, allowing seven hits and striking out nine.

Kevin Manos, Parker Nix, Tripp Calhoun and Bryant Alonso all drove in runs for Darton.