LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton baseball sweeps, now 31-8; ASU baseball routed by VSU

ALBANY — Darton State College had little trouble against Thomas University’s junior varsity team Wednesday, sweeping a doubleheader at home.

The Cavaliers won the opener, 10-4, as Steven Williams won his first game of the season, pitching three scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and struck out two while walking one.

Rashad Billups went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in four runs, and Kyle Conkle went 2-for-4 with a double. He scored twice and drove in two runs.

The Cavs won the second game, 8-0, behind the pitching of Brandon Goldsmith, who gave up one hit over five innings. He struck out five and didn’t allow a walk to improve to 4-1.

Kody Adams, who went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles in the opener, went 2-for-3 with a triple in the second game and drove in three runs. He had five RBI for the day. Casey James went 3-for-4, scored twice and drove in a run in the nightcap.

Darton is now 31-8 and will next play Gordon College on the road at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

GSW SOFTBALL SWEEPS ASU: The Lady Hurricanes swept Albany State on senior night, 3-2, in Game 1 and 6-1 in Game 2.

Albany State climbed within a run in the third but the Lady ‘Canes answered as Nellie Moore hit her sixth home run of the season to lead off the fourth inning.

ASU inched closer after notching a run off three hits in the fifth inning, but GSW held the Lady Rams to just one hit the rest of the way.

Former Lee County star Hayley Knight and Moore paced GSW as the pair combined for four out of GSW’s six hits with three RBI.

In Game 2, The Lady ‘Canes avoided the letdown to earn the series and season sweep of ASU.

GSW poured it on in the second inning as the Lady ‘Canes punched in five runs off five hits in order to take the commanding 6-0 lead.

Knight (2-for-4) and Mason Moreland (2-for-2) led the way.

With two games remaining in the regular season, GSW is still in contention to earn its first PBC Tournament bid since 2009.

GSW (29-25, 9-13) has already won an NCAA-era program-best 29 games.

VALDOSTA STATE BASEBALL 25, ALBANY STATE 8: Albany State used several pitchers in the non-conference loss to Valdosta State on Wednesday. Jared Arrington went 2 2/3 innings and took the loss. He gave up six runs, but only one was earned, on two hits. He struck out one batter.

Kareem Hayes had two hits and drove in two runs and Jacob Campbell had two hits to lead the Rams, who are 17-22 overall, but 13-1 in their conference.

ASU next travels to Benedict for a doubleheader on Saturday.

High Schools

Lee girls soccer, Worth baseball wins

LEESBURG — The Lee County girls soccer team improved to 9-3 on the season with a 6-1 non-region win against Crisp County.

Carsen Taylor, who became one of the first two players in Lee County history to sign a Division I scholarship earlier this year, scored a whopping five goals, while Ivy Booker added the other,

Taylor is headed to Jacksonville State in Alabama, joining fellow teammate and D-I signee Sarah Sheffield, who is headed to Troy.

Lee returns to action Monday at Thomasville.

WORTH BASEBALL 10, DOUGHERTY 0: Eli Reddell started the day signing with Andrew College on Wednesday morning, then ended it by pitching a six-inning shutout for the Rams, giving up just three hits while striking out eight to improve to 4-4.

Jonathan Cirullo and Tyler Moore both went 2-for-4 for Worth County. Cirullo scored twice and Moore drove in two runs.