LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Lee County splits in region tournament

LEESBURG — The Lee County softball team went 1-1 in the opening day of the Region 1-AAAAA Tuesday.

In the opening game, the Lady Trojans defeated Hardaway, Columbus, 11-1, in five innings, before losing their next game to Harris County, 6-3.

In the opener, Erin Callaway got the win in relief, pitching 3 1/3 innings, allowing one hit and striking out three. Brandi Blount was 3-for-4 with two RBI; Jenna Kitchings was 4-for-4 with an RBI; Paiton Cromer was 2-for-3 and Caitlyn Lawton was 2-for-3 with a double.

In Game No. 2, Blount was 2-for-3 and Callaway was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Harris County sophomore catcher Sarah Kate Jenkins sent Lee County into the loser’s bracket with a walk-off HR. Lee plays again at 4 p.m. against No. 5 Bainbridge.

GHSA Region 1-AAAA

CORDELE — Worth County opened up the Region 1-AAAA tournament with a 20-5 victory against Westover before losing to Crisp, 5-0.

In Worth County’s opener, the Lady Rams had only four hits but drew 21 walks in three innings. Courtney Hamilton was the winning pitcher, allowing one hit and five runs and striking out four.

Marissa Moreland, Chanelle Hall, Lindsey Toneygay and Logan Burger led Worth County with two RBI each.

In Worth County’s second game, Kaitlyn Walters was the Lady Rams’ only base runner and finished 1-for-3 at the plate.

Also on Tuesday, Dougherty, Cairo and Crisp won their opening games, while Cairo defeated Dougherty in Round 2.

Dougherty now must beat Albany High today at 4 p.m. to finish as one of the Top 4 teams and advance to state for the second straight year.

Dougherty won Game 1 against city rival Monroe, 10-2, then lost Game 2 to the Syrupmaids, 10-2.

In Game 1, Aquavia Lovett led at the plate by going 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Quinnesha Gatling was 2-for-4 with an inside-the-park home run and two RBI. Reshonda Taylor added two hits and two RBI, and De’Shaara Brunson picked up the win by striking out four and allowing just three hits.

The scene was different in Game 2 as Dougherty commited six errors and unraveled. Taylor had another strong game at the play with a double and an RBI, while Ra’Keta Shelton had two hits.

GISA Region 3-AA

SHELLMAN — Randolph Southern (14-2) beat Southland on Tuesday, 5-4, behind Madison Ragan’s sixth HR and a combined pitching effort of Ragan and Morgan Lumpkin. Ragan struck out five over two innings then gave way to Lumpkin, who pitched the final five innings, striking out one and allowing just five hits.

Ragan ended up 3-for-3 with two RBI, Parker Rigsby and Dana McCarter each had two hits, and Madison Langford also had two hits with two RBI. Randolph next faces Crisp Academy today.

Darton men’s, women’s soccer teams roll; Cavs golf falls flat in Valdosta tourney

DOUGLAS — The undefeated, and nation’s No. 1-ranked Darton State College men’s soccer team shut out South Georgia College on Tuesday, 5-0.

Sophomore Andrew Palumbo slid a through ball to freshman Jorge Chirinos, whose goal would be the only one scored in the first half of play as Darton led at halftime, 1-0.

“The other team came out really hyped, really pumped up,” Darton head men’s soccer coach Bart Sasnett said. “We had to get settled in early.”

South Georgia and its fans provided a tough environment for Darton as the second half began, but the No. 1-ranked Cavaliers seemed to feed off their intensity and answered with a flurry of goals.

“We silenced the crowd in the second half after we popped some goals in,” Sasnett said.

Chirinos again found the net, as did teammate Troy Tucker. Alejandro Garcia scored two Cavalier goals as well. Jacob Iten, Soren Yuhaschek, Tucker and Palumbo earned an assist each.

The Cavaliers are now 11-0 overall and 6-0 in the GCAA conference. They’ll next face Georgia Perimeter College at 2 p.m. on Saturday, at home.

LADY CAVS AVENGE LOSS: Darton’s first-ever loss to conference rival South Georgia College didn’t sit too well with the Lady Cavaliers, who redeemed themselves Tuesday by shutting out the Lady Tigers, 2-0.

“We played a little more inspired soccer,” Darton women’s coach Ken Veilands said.

After a scoreless first half, sophomore Deanna Reali took matters into her own hands and changed the game with a score.

Freshman Chevelle Lopez followed suit with a second goal, and freshman goalkeeper Tori Danchak stopped a South Georgia breakaway to hold the Lady Tigers scoreless for her fifth shutout.

The Lady Cavs put 15 shots onto the Lady Tigers’ goal, while South Georgia had three shots on goal.

The Lady Cavs, now 6-5 overall and 6-3 in conference play, will next host ABAC at 6 p.m., Friday.

DISAPPOINTING FINISH FOR DARTON GOLF IN VALDOSTA: The Darton golf team struggled late in the final three holes of the Thomas University Invitational golf tournament Tuesday, falling from third after the first round to a sixth-place finish at Kinderlou Forest.

Shooting 297, the Cavs finished their first round Monday at a challenging third place among a pool of NAIA teams, but they had 303 strokes in the second round to slip out of the mix.

“I’m disappointed in our finish,” Darton head golf coach Bill Jones said. “We gave up about eight shots in the closing three holes, so that’s the difference between 6th and runner-up.

“We have to learn how to close the deal coming down the stretch, and we’ll be in the thick of things.”

Darton’s Taylor Martin tied for fourth place overall, shooting 74, 70 (144). Neil Graham (75, 76), Parks Brown (72, 79) and Taehyung Kim (74, 77) all tied for 20th, shooting 151.

The Cavaliers will return to action next week when they host the Darton Fall Invitational at River Pointe Golf Club on Monday.