LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton baseball wins conference opener, 11-0

DOUGLAS — The Darton College baseball team is now 12-6 on the season, but more importantly 1-0 in Region XVII play after routing South Georgia College on Tuesday, 11-0, in eight innings. The Cavs were led once again by ace and former Lee County star Matt Aldrich, who was lights out, giving up just two hits, while striking out nine in a complete-game performance. Darton’s bats also had a field day against South Georgia, led by Bryant Alonso (3-for-5), Davis Knapp (3-for-5, run, two RBI and three stolen bases), Casey James (2-for-4, four runs scored), Kevin Manos (2-for-6, three RBI) and Russell Melton (two RBI, two steals). Manos’ three RBI gave him a staggering 27 on the season as he leads the team. Neither team will have long to rest. Darton and South Georgia will play again Friday in Albany in a single, nine-inning game, followed by a doubleheader Saturday.

GSW star Espino wins Albany Half Marathon

ALBANY — Georgia Southwestern cross country runner Lisa Espino won the under-21 age group this past Saturday at the 6th annual Albany Half Marathon. Espino, who posted GSW's fastest time in four of its five meets in the fall, finished the 13.1-mile course in 1:52:25. Espino crossed the line nearly 19 minutes ahead of the second-place finisher, Micaela Cuneo from Archer, Fla., who posted a time of 2:11:01. Espino, a sophomore from Lyons, finished 107th overall out of 818 competitors.

Knights rout Eagles in 2012 home opener

ALBANY — The Deerfield-Windsor baseball team moved to 1-1 on the young season Tuesday with an 11-1 rout of local rival Terrell Academy, helping the Knights bounce back from a season-opening loss to Tattnall Square. Deerfield’s Johnny Croley pitched three innings, allowed just one hit and struck out three. Croley also was 2-for-2 from the plate with an RBI. Josh Wardrip took the loss for Terrell, allowing four hits in a four-run first inning before being pulled. Leading hitters for Deerfield included Kh’Ron McClain (double, RBI, Harris Webb (2-for-3, RBI), Lindsey Short (2-for-3, RBI), David Hines (2-for-2, double, two RBI) and Matthew Fox (double). Terrell only managed four hits on the afternoon and had no one with a multi-hit game. Deerfield returns to the diamond on Saturday at home at 1 p.m. against Brookwood.


ALBANY — The Sherwood golf team opened the season Tuesday with a narrow win against Brookwood and Tiftarea. SCA posted a 344 team score, while Tiftarea finished second with a 346 and Brookwood third at 347. But the story of the match was the play of eighth-grader Tyler Hanson, who won low medalist honor with a 76 for Sherwood. He was followed by teammates Walt Matthews (83), Tyler George (90) and Lakese Brown (95). SCA will play again Tuesday against Westfield and Tiftarea in Tifton.


LEESBURG — The Lee County girls moved to 3-1 on the season Tuesday with an 8-0 rout of local rival Westover, which came into the game 6-1 overall. Kristi Sheridan, Nicole Polk, Suzanne Wynn and Casey Schoenberger all scored once for the Lady Trojans, while Ivy Booker and Carsen Taylor scored two apiece. Lady Trojans goalie Danielle Brendel posted her second shutout of the season for Lee. Lee will next play Bainbridge at home on Friday, while Westover will host Crisp County.

LEE COUNTY BOYS 6, WESTOVER 2: The Trojans (1-2) broke open a tie game at halftime to score four unanswered goals in the second half for their first win of the year, while the Patriots fell to 1-7. Nathan Elmore and Dalton Paulk each scored twice, while Hunter Johnson and Shahbaz Kahn scored one each. Ben Fowler and Hunter Troy had Westover’s two goals. Lee will next play Bainbridge at home Friday, while Westover will host Crisp County.


The Sherwood boys routed Tiftarea, 10-1, behind goals from Sherrod Oliver, Derek Allen, Zach Kennedy (2), Aaron Anthony (2), T.J. Clay (2), Josh Hutcherson and William Orr to move to 5-0-1.

The Lady Eagles, meanwhile, won, 4-1, thanks to three goals from Paige Barker and one from Christina Charles.

SCA’s teams will next play at Valwood on Thursday.