Darton Chelsea Showers led the team at the plate Wednesday in its season opener, going a combined 5-for-6 --- including three triples and a home run --- during the Lady Cavs' doubleheader sweep of Andrew.
CUTHBERT — The Darton College softball team has picked up right where it left off.
The Lady Cavs, who won a school-record 50 games last season and placed fifth in the national tournament, swept neighboring rival Andrew in a doubleheader Wednesday in the season openers for both teams.
Katy Jordan and Jenny Willis pitched a pair of complete-game shutouts and combined to hold the Lady Tigers to just five hits.
“It was a good way to start the season,” Darton coach David Dews said. “I thought we played good defense and pitched well. I thought they did a good job with preparing before we played. We were able to do some good things and it was a positive experience to build on.”
In the opener, Jordan allowed two hits and struck out seven in the 5-0 victory. Chelsea Showers, a freshman from Atlanta, went 3-for-4 at the plate with two triples, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored, while Erica Vasquez added a home run and two RBI and Kelsea Ogletree and Jessica Vason were each 2-for-4.
Darton won the second game in five innings, 12-0, and freshman Jenny Willis recorded her first college win, allowing five hits and striking out one.
“The best thing is that we were able to pitch without giving up a walk all day,” Dews said. “I thought Jenny was really efficient and effective. She got some ground balls, and we were able to turn a couple of double plays to help her.”
Chantelle Curinton led the Lady Cavs at the plate in the second game with a home run, a double and two RBI. Also for Darton, Showers was 2-for-2 with a double, a triple, three runs and an RBI, Vasquez was 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI, and Ogletree was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
Andrew coach Mark Brown said his team will rebound.
“Alli Cook pitched very well. Taylor Holmes had a couple of hits, and we were sound defensively. We did not hit well, but that was probably as much Darton’s pitching, as was our hitting,” Brown said. “I think we were not overwhelmed, and felt like we belonged on the field (Wednesday) with Darton. The second game got out of hand at the end, and boy they brought the lumber, but I’m encouraged.”
“Katy Jordan is the best pitcher in our league and she showed it again (Wednesday). Put her on any other team in the region, that team becomes the favorite in our region. She’s that good.”
GSW MEN, WOMEN SWEEP NORTH GEORGIA:
AMERICUS – The Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes' conference portion of their 2011-12 season had taken a wrong turn and was beyond the help of a GPS. Coach Leeder and company were 2-7 in conference play and were on a four-game losing streak going into Wednesday's showdown with the North Georgia Saints (8-13, 3-7 PBC). But just as he's done the past two weeks, senior guard Evan Mobley put the team on his back and carried the Blue & Gold to a nail-biting 75-73 win.
Mobley, the native of Savannah, would score a career-high 33 points in addition to his four assists and three rebounds, while Milos Kleut would register 18 points and seven rebounds in support of Mobley.
The victory puts the Georgia Southwestern record to 12-7 (3-7 PBC) as the Hurricanes look to make a push back into the PBC Tournament picture with seven games remaining. The Canes will be back in action Saturday as they travel to Georgia College to take on the Bobcats at 3:30 p.m.
GSW WOMEN 87, NORTH GEORGIA 68: The Georgia Southwestern Lady Hurricanes were looking to avoid their second conference loss in a row as they faced the visiting Lady Saints of North Georgia (10-9, 4-6 PBC). Armed with the PBC's leading scorer, Jaymee Carnes, the Lady Saints faded away in the second half as GSW walked away with the 87-68 win.
Terra Branch led GSW with 24 points, four steals and three assists, while junior forward Adrian Randall tallied her fourth double-double of the season with 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Rounding out the double-digit scorers for the Blue & Gold was Jessica Jones who contributed 10 points, six rebounds and two steals.
Carnes was her usual dominant self scoring 29 points, grabbing eleven rebounds and blocking three shots, but it came in a loss, while the win puts the Georgia Southwestern record at 13-6 overall and 5-5 in the Peach Belt Conference.
The Lady Hurricanes will be back in action Saturday as they hit the road to take on the Georgia College Bobcats for a 1:30 tip-off.