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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: ASU's Hicks named conference pitcher of week

Chelsea Hicks, a native of Marietta, pitched eight innings, including a complete-game shutout against rival Fort Valley State, with four strikeouts and just one walk in two appearances this week.

Chelsea Hicks, a native of Marietta, pitched eight innings, including a complete-game shutout against rival Fort Valley State, with four strikeouts and just one walk in two appearances this week.

ALBANY— Albany State freshman Chelsea Hicks was named the pitcher of the week in the conference’s East Division.

Hicks, a native of Marietta, pitched eight innings, including a complete-game shutout against rival Fort Valley State, with four strikeouts and just one walk in two appearances. The 5-foot-5 freshman right-hander finished with a 1-0 record and a save for the week, while giving up no earned runs.

Behind Hicks, the Lady Rams have surged to a 4-0 conference record and four wins in their past six games.

ASU had lost 10 games in a row before entering conference play, but the Lady Rams have had little trouble with conference opponents, outscoring them, 29-13.

ASU (6-14) plays again today at Alabama A&M in a non-conference doubleheader.

DARTON SOFTBALL STAYS HOT: Darton pitcher Jenny Willis led the Lady Cavs to a pair of victories Tuesday against East Georgia, as Darton ran its record to 26-1 and continues its best start in the program’s history.

Darton won the opener, 11-10, and Willis relieved ace Katy Jordan, who gave up five earned runs before leaving the game.

Willis (12-0) pitched three innings, gave up two hits and struck out three.

Bryana Contreras was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI, and Kelsea Ogletree was 2-for-3 with four RBI and a three-run homer in the first inning.

Darton won the second game, 4-1, behind Willis’ six innings of work. Jordan pitched the seventh inning and picked up the save.

Chantelle Curinton was 2-for-4 with a home run, and Holly Smith was 1-for-3 with a home run.

Smith’s home run — along with Katie Pulley’s homer in Saturday’s game against Wallace Dothan — gave each of Darton’s 1-9 batters a long ball this season.

The Lady Cavs play again Friday at East Georgia before opening Region XVII play next week.

DARTON BASEBALL WINS AGAIN: Matt Aldridge, the king of the Ks in junior college pitching, struck out 13 and Darton’s Cavaliers stayed perfect in the Region XVII race on Tuesday, beating East Georgia, 4-3, to extend their winning streak to four games.

They’re 5-0 in the conference, and Aldridge is No. 1 in the nation.

He started the day ranked third in the country in strikeouts with 53, and his 66 Ks in 53 innings lifts him to the top spot in the nation.

Aldridge (5-0) went the distance and gave up four hits and only two earned run.

He won’t pitch again until this weekend when Darton plays a three-game series with East Georgia on Saturday and Sunday.

Kevin Manos stayed hot and drove in a run and scored a run for Darton (16-7) and Casey Jones drove in a run in the win. Darton faces Glen Oaks at home at 2 p.m Thursday.

ASU SWEPT: It was a long day for Albany State’s Rams, who were swept in a doubleheader at home by Edward Waters, which won the opener, 11-2, and took home the nightcap, 7-0.

Jacob Campell drove in two runs in the opener and had two hits in the doubleheader to lead the Rams, who are now 7-10 for the season.

ASU’s Ryan Latner went 5 2/3 innings in the opener and gave up 12 hits and nine runs, but only two of the runs were earned. Joshua Hienrich took the loss in the second game. He went five innings and gave up seven runs (five earned) on six hits.