FRIDAY'S LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton softball puts on power display, win streak at 26 games; Lee County baseball wins fourth straight

ALBANY — The Darton College Lady Cavaliers swept Andrew College in a doubleheader Friday at home, improving to 32-1 overall and 4-0 in Region XVII play, and also extending the NJCAA’s longest winning streak to 26 games.

The Lady Cavs made quick work of the Lady Tigers, shutting them out, 8-0, in five innings in Game 1 before punishing them, 10-2 — also in five innings — in Game 2, during which Darton smacked a season-high six doubles.

Sophomore Katy Jordan (16-1) struck out eight in the first game and allowed only one hit, while Amanda Jaskolski was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a leadoff home run in the first inning. Chelsea Showers added a three-run homer in the fifth inning in the opener, Jessica Vasson was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double, and Erica Vasquez was 2-for-2.

Jenny Willis (15-0) struck out two batters and allowed three hits as she earned the win in the night cap.

Leading the offense in Game 2 was Showers (3-for-4), Vasson (2-for-2) and Bryana Contreras (2-for-3, three RBI, double).

“We’re starting to play better as a team all-around,” Darton head coach David Dews said. “And it’s encouraging to see them do the little things we’ve been working on at practice.”

The Lady Cavs will next travel to play Region XVII rivals Gordon College in Barnesville on Tuesday, then Middle Georgia College in Cochran on Thursday.

ASU SOFTBALL SWEEPS PAINE:The Albany State softball team started the season off in rough fashion, but seem to have founds its groove now that the conference slate has arrived.

ASU routed Paine College on Friday in a doubleheader sweep, 9-1, in Game 1 and 4-1 in Game 2 to improve to 12-17 overall, but more importantly 10-2 in conference play.

Adrienne Morris scored two runs in the opener, while Chaconna Marks led the way with three hits, three RBI and four runs scored. Chelsea Hicks added two hits and four RBI in the Game 1 rout.

In Game 2, runs were a little harder to come by for the Lady Rams, who needed a two-spot in the fourth inning to break open a tie game.

Morris scored a run and had two hits, while Virginia Morris also scored a run and Bria Wallace and Shelby Gale each added RBI.

Marks and Anria Peterson also scored runs.

Albany State will return to action today when they host another conference foe, Claflin, at 1 p.m. in a doubleheader.

GSW LOSES A PAIR AT HOME: The Georgia Southwestern softball team fell in a doubleheader sweep to the No. 3-ranked team in Division II on Friday, dropping Game 1 against North Georgia, 8-3, before falling in Game 2, 5-2.

Jessica Martin would have another quality start going for GSW before it all fell apart in the sixth. She had scattered four hits, walked one batter and struck out three Lady Saints in her five scoreless innings leading up to that point. She would relinquish the lead in the top of the sixth, opening the flood gates in the five-run loss.

In Game 2, Mason Moreland would lead the team in hitting. Over the course of the two games, the second baseman had two hits in five at-bats with two RBI. She has now reached base safely in GSW’s last seven games.

The two more additional conference losses makes it eight straight in PBC play for the Lady Hurricanes (13-21, 0-8 PBC). Lander next visits GSW today for a doubleheader, beginning at 1:30 p.m.


Lee County baseball team edges out Warner Robins on road, 8-7, for fourth straight victory

WARNER ROBINS — It’s been a season of streaks so far for the Lee County baseball team as the Trojans (8-4, 3-2 in 1-AAAA) started out 4-0, then lost four straight and now have won four straight again after Friday’s 8-7 nailbiting victory against Warner Robins.

Chris Mosley earned the win — but it wasn’t pretty. Mosley came in the sixth in relief, but gave up three hits and three runs and then walked the first batter in the seventh, giving way to freshman Matt Hatcher, who — in just his second appearance of the season — earned the save after picking up his first win earlier in the week.

Hatcher struck out the first batter in the seventh, forced a ground out on the second and got the third to fly out to seal the win.

Pedro Cruz had a monster game at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a grand slam that broke up a tie game in the sixth. It was his first homer of the year as he finished with five RBI. Pinch hitter Ty McCallister added a double in the win.

Lee returns to the field Tuesday at TCC.

DEERFIELD 10, SHERWOOD 0: It’s been a good week for Deerfield against its cross-town rival Sherwood.

First, DWS clipped SCA in golf, then both soccer teams scored a pair of wins Thursday. Then Friday, the Knights’ baseball team routed the Eagles, 10-0, in five innings.

Austin Murphy (2-0) picked up the win on the mound as he went the distance, allowed just one hit and struck out five, while Sherwood’s Brett Sheppard shouldered the loss, allowing nine hits and striking out just one in five innings.

The game, however, was tight throughout as DWS only led, 2-0, heading into the fifth. But the Knights hung an eight-spot on the Eagles and the game was then called.

DWS coach Rod Murray, however, praised Sheppard for holding the Knights down until the fifth.

“Their pitcher did a good job for them,” he said. “We’ve just started hitting the ball well these last couple outings.”

Kh’Ron McClain had a double and two RBI, Harris Webb was 2-for-3 with his second homer of the season, Weston King, Lindsey Short and Davis Hines all notched doubles and Gil Gillespie finished with two hits.

DWS (6-2, 2-1 in 3-AAA) returns to the diamond today at 4 p.m. against Stratford.