ALBANY — There was no letdown or hangover Wednesday for the Darton College baseball team, which was coming off one of the school’s biggest wins ever when it rallied to beat NJCAA No. 2-ranked Chipola at home on Tuesday, 4-3, after finding itself in a 3-0 hole in the bottom of the eighth.
The Cavs responded Wednesday by taking care of Wallace Dothan, 9-7, as Ethan Glass earned the win in relief for starter Ryan Lemonds, while former Lee County star Matt Aldrich picked up his first save of the year.
Lemonds pitched four innings, gave up four runs and four hits, but got into trouble in the fifth inning and was pulled for Glass, who gave up five runs before leaving the game tied at 6-6. Andrew Crumbley then came in and — just like Tuesday — shut down Darton’s opponent, giving up just one run the rest of the way, while Aldrich pitched a scoreless ninth.
Darton (7-4) took back the lead for good after that disastrous fifth inning by scoring two in the bottom of the fifth and one in the sixth as insurance.
Evan Carr notched three RBI and scored a run in the win, while Tripp Calhoun was 2-for-4 with two runs and Cody Wofford — Tuesday’s hero who hit the game-winning RBI to beat Chipola — stayed red-hot and was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Casey James also added two RBI and Russell Melton contributed two hits.
Darton now hits the road for a pair of games Saturday in Pensacola against Delgado (La.) Community College and host Pensacola State College, then turns around and hosts Gulf Coast on Sunday.
COLUMBUS STATE SOFTBALL 8-11, ASU 1-0: The Lady Rams continue to struggle and fell to 2-10 on the young season Wednesday after a pair of losses to the Lady Cougars.
ASU managed just three hits in the Game 2 loss as Lady Rams starter Shaywona Marks gave up 13 hits in a contest that lasted just five innings.
In Game 1, the Lady Rams struck first and managed to get on the board in the first inning, but quickly fell behind, 3-1, Again, they only managed three hits in that loss as conference preseason first-teamer Chaconna Marks notched two of those hits.
ASU returns to action Saturday at home against Clark Atlanta in its conference opener at 2 p.m.