Katy Jordan picked up a win and a save Thursday for the Darton softball team, which won its NJCAA-leading 30th game in a row. (Herald file photo)
COCHRAN — The Darton softball team’s historic winning streak continued Thursday with a pair of wins against Region XVII foe Middle Georgia.
The No. 13 Lady Cavs’ 7-1 victory in the opener and 5-4 win in the nightcap upped their winning streak to a school record 30 in a row and improved their record to 36-1 overall and 8-0 in the region.
Katy Jordan picked up the win in the opener and then pitched the final two innings of the second game to earn her 10th save of the season.
In the first game, Jordan threw all seven innings, struck out eight and allowed just four hits. At the plate, Chelsea Showers was 2-for-5 with an RBI, Kelsea Ogletree was 3-for-4 and Jessica Vason was 1-for-2 with a 3-run homer in the fifth inning.
In the second game, freshman Jenny Willis threw the first five innings and allowed four runs and five hits, before Jordan came in and struck out four in two scoreless innings. Showers was 3-for-3, Chantelle Curinton was 2-for-3, Holly Smith was 2-for-4 and Ogletree was 3-for-3 with a three-run homer in the third inning.
The Lady Cavs, who have put together their NJCAA-best record by playing 31 of their 37 games on the road, will take nearly two weeks off before resuming their season April 11 at home against East Georgia, which kicks off a stretch off 10 straight home games before the region tournament.
HIGH SCHOOLS: Deerfield baseball loses key region game to Westfield
PERRY — Deerfield-Windsor’s Knights had their chances Thursday night, but couldn’t get the key hit when they needed it most and fell to Westfield, 3-0, in a crucial GISA Region 3-AAA game on the road.
“Westfield has another good team and so do we,’’ DWS coach Rod Murray said after the loss. “We had some opportunities, but we hit the ball right at them. We just couldn’t get a timely hit all night.’’
Weston King went the distance for Deerfield and allowed just one earned run. He walked three and struck out one.
Deerfield was held to just six hits, and the only batter with more than one hit was Kh’Ron McClain, who went 2-for-3. Deerfield is now 9-3 overall and 3-2 in the region race.
WESTWOOD 12, GEORGIA CHRISTIAN 0, (6): The Wildcats were paced on the mound and at the plate by Georgia Southern signee Douglas Nobles, who pitched his first no-hitter of the season — striking out seven in six innings of work — while also hitting his second homer, this one a walkoff grand slam in the sixth. J.T. Edore also added his second homer, while Mason Worsham added two hits and scored two runs.
Westwood improved to 10-1 overall and is now 4-0 in Region 3-A.
Westwood is off next week and won’t play again until April 12 against Terrell Academy.
DWS golf wins three-way match
ALBANY — The Deerfield golf team got a balanced effort from four golfers Thursday to easily win a three-way match at Doublegate Country Club against Westfield and Southland.
John Leach, Charlie Ellis and Wilson Joiner all shot 78s to tie for medalist honors, and Hunter Brooks fired a 79 to give DWS a team score of 313, finishing well in front of Westfield’s 346 and Southland’s 399.
Southland’s low scorer was posted by Clay Oxford, who shot an 86.
SOCCER: Sherwood, DWS, Lee County girls all win; SCA boys fall
ALBANY — Paige Barker and Kylee Harrod both scored for Sherwood on Thursday as the Lady Eagles’ soccer team (13-4) shut out Valwood, 2-0, while Hannah Thompson posted her eighth shutout of the year in goal.
The news was not as good for the SCA boys (12-2-1), who lost to Valwood, 4-2, despite goals from leading scorer T.J. Clay and another from William Orr.
The teams return to action April 10 at Westfield.
DWS GIRLS 14, SOUTHLAND 0: The Lady Knights got four goals each from Mackenzie Davis and Casey Kincheloe, while Kincheloe combined with usual goalie Katie Williams and helped post the shutout in goal. Williams also played on offense and scored two goals in the win.
Also adding goals for DWS (11-1-1, 6-0 in Region 3-AAA) was Krystn Griffin, Mallory Sammons and Cheyenne Colvin.
DWS will play again Monday against Terrell Academy.
LEE COUNTY GIRLS 4, BAINBRIDGE 0: Carsen Taylor, Kristi Sheridan, Suzanne Wynn and Nicole Polk all scored in Lee’s shutout win, while Danielle Brendel got the shutout in goal.
Lee’s record improved to 8-4 overall and 3-0 in Region 1-AAAA.
Lee will return to the field next Friday against Americus-Sumter.