LOCAL COLLEGE PREP/ROUNDUP: Darton falls to Fla. powerhouse Chipola; Miller beats Baconton in baseball; GSW softball sweeps in wild DH

MARIANNA, Fla. — The Darton College baseball team dropped to 12-7 on the season following Wednesday’s 7-4 loss against nationally ranked Chipola Junior College.

Nate Harris went six innings, but took the loss, while Stephen Farris finished 2-for-4 and David Richards scored a run and knocked one in.

Darton will next play Friday at home against South Georgia College.

Miller bests Baconton in big region matchup

COLQUITT — The Miller County baseball team improved to 2-0 in the 1-A subregion and 3-0 in region after late Tuesday’s 3-2 win against rival Baconton.

Michael Cowart went 6 2/3 innings before loading the bases, ahead one run, in the final inning with one out, giving way to Cole Vann, who struck out the final batter to record the save.

Cowart also had an RBI in the game and Vann scored a run. Jake Warren and T.T. Barber both were 1-for-3 with a run scored, and Ty Sheffield added an RBI. The Pirates are the first team to beat Baconton ace Brock Pinson, who went all seven innings in the loss and struck out 13, while allowing just three hits. Pinson also had an RBI in the loss, while William Sullivan was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

GSW sweeps DH against Lynn U.

AMERICUS — After the excitement of Jessica Martin’s no-hitter against LaGrange College on Sunday, it was hard to imagine things could be any more exciting for the Georgia Southwestern Lady Hurricanes.

But a pair of one-run wins Wednesday, including a walk-off suicide squeeze, proved there was more excitement to be had. GSW downed Lynn University (1-23) by scores of 3-2 and 4-2 for the midweek sweep.

After former Lee County star Hayley Knight and Gabby Buck reached base to lead off the sixth inning, Rachel McElroy would tally the RBI, driving in Knight on a single to give GSW the 3-0 lead it wouldn’t give back.

Starter Katie Maddox, who was lights out through the first six innings, would run into trouble in the seventh. Maddox struck out five batters through six innings before getting the leadoff batter out in the seventh with a groundball to the short stop. She would give up one run over three consecutive hits before being replaced by Martin.

Martin shut the door, forcing two ground balls to second and shortstop, which allowed only one run to score. Martin would earn her first save of the season and preserve the win for Maddox.

In Game 2, with the score deadlocked at 3-3 after seven innings, GSW would go down quietly 1-2-3 at the plate in the eighth inning. Yet that wouldn’t be the story in the ninth inning.

Katie Wooten, by International Softball Tie Break Rule, would be placed on second to start the inning. It was Janna Anderson who would move Wooten to third via a sacrifice bunt down the first baseline. With Jessica Chewning at the plate, Wooten at third base and only one out, Head Coach Eddie Ward went to the ace up his sleeve. Instead of giving Chewning what seemed to be the obvious green light to hit, Coach Ward instead gave the signal for Chewning to bunt into the suicide squeeze.