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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Cavs baseball wins wild road game; Darton golf ends 5th in 2013 opener

Darton's Davis Adkins played hero for the Cavs on Tuesday in a thrilling road win at Southern Union.

Darton's Davis Adkins played hero for the Cavs on Tuesday in a thrilling road win at Southern Union.

WADLEY, Ala. — Former Crisp County star and Darton freshman pitcher Davis Adkins took the mound Tuesday in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and no outs, clinging to a two-run lead.

Five pitches later, Adkins and the Cavs were celebrating a wild, 11-10 victory.

It was the third win in a row for the Cavs, but it was one they had to grind out after falling down, 5-0, in the first two innings and playing from behind until taking an 11-9 lead in the top of the ninth.

Closer Ryan Good took the mound in the bottom of the ninth but loaded the bases without recording an out and was replaced by Adkins, a 6-foot-2 right-hander.

Adkins got the first hitter to ground out and then watched as a pair of Southern Union base runners were tagged out in a wild run-down that involved nearly every Darton player.

The result handed the former Herald All-Area selection the first save in his college career.

Kody Adams led the Cavs at the plate, going 3-for-6 with three RBI and a solo home run in the fourth inning to put Darton at the board.

Other Cavs finishing with multiple hits were Cody Wofford (3-for-6, 2 runs, RBI, 2B), Nate Ferrell (2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI) and Casey James (2-for-4, RBI, 2B).

Cavs sophomore Andrew Crumbley pitched a clean eighth inning and got the win.

Darton (5-2) continues its five-game road trip Friday in Niceville, Fla., with the opener of a three-game series against Northwest Florida State.


Darton golf settles for 5th in spring opener

MELBOURNE, Fla. — The Darton State College golf team shot 302 on Tuesday in the final round to finish the Titan Invitational Tournament in fifth place.

Sophomore Nick Green of Convington led the way for the Cavs, finishing his rounds with 72, 71 and 76 to place 10th individually.

Only two junior colleges — Central Alabama Community College and Brevard Community College — finished ahead of the Cavs, who brought four freshmen to the two-day tournament.

“Our freshmen have been asked to do a lot, and we are asking them to step up very quickly,” Jones said. “Some of them didn’t have their A-game this week, but they all broke 80 every round. Just the fact that they are putting decent rounds together, even when we aren’t playing great, hopefully gives them some confidence.”

Freshman Madison Turner of Canton had the lowest score for the Cavs on Tuesday, finishing his third round with a 73 on the Suntree Country Club course. Freshman Taylor Martin of Brasleton shot 76, freshman Parks Brown of Gainesville shot 77 and sophomore Robert Robertson of Evans shot 85. Colquitt native Von Stripling, the Cavs freshman who was playing the tournament as an individual, shot his third straight 78 on Tuesday.

The Cavaliers finished their rounds with 305, 290 and 302 for a team total of 897.

Florida Tech won the tournament, finishing with a team score of 880. Central Alabama and University of Tampa tied for second. Brevard CC was two strokes ahead of Darton and finished fourth.

Darton’s TaeHyung Kim of South Korea, a highly touted freshman, did not compete in the tournament due to injury.

“Tae definitely would have helped us,” said Jones of Kim, who was held out because of a back injury but is expected to return for the next tournament.

Jones said his team managed themselves well and showed some promise.

“We’re not happy with the result,” he said. “But Coach (Dale Dover) and I saw a lot of good decisions being made and our short game was better. The guys fought really hard and never got down on themselves.”

The Cavs play again Feb. 16-17 in the Faulkner State Invitational in Fairhope, Ala., and then return home March 4 to host the inaugural Doublegate Collegiate Invitational.


GSW star guard Arnett named Peach Belt Player of the Week

AMERICUS — It’s been a rough last few weeks of the season for the Georgia Southwestern State men’s basketball team.

But the outlook is getting brighter all the time.

GSW junior guard Alan Arnett was named the Peach Belt Conference men’s basketball Player of the Week — news that comes on the tail end of a two-game win streak, which ended a skid of nine losses in the Hurricanes’ previous 10 games.

Arnett averaged 19.5 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in that pair of Hurricane wins last week. He shot 56 percent from the floor, hit 13 of 14 free throws and connected on 67 percent (6 of 9) from 3-point range.

The Kokomo, Ind. native was simply amazing in Saturday’s 94-82 win at Young Harris College as he made 8 of 14 shots, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc, and drained 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Not only did he grab a game-high 16 boards, but he also dished out five assists, blocked three shots and had three steals. Arnett and the Hurricanes snapped an eight-game home winning streak for Young Harris and handed the Mountain Lions their first home loss since the first game of the season. GSW became the first Peach Belt Conference opponent to win a league game on the Mountain Lions’ home floor.

Arnett is currently fifth in the league in free throw percentage and 11th in blocked shots. He becomes GSW’s first Peach Belt POTW since All-American and former PBC Player of the Year Phillip Brown earned the recognition Jan. 3, 2012.

Arnett and the Hurricanes host Columbus State at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in an important inter-division tilt that could decide who goes to the postseason tournament and who stays home.