ALBANY — After snapping an 11-game losing streak Tuesday with a win against Selma University, the Albany State baseball team opened up conference play with two convincing victories Saturday against Clark Atlanta.
The Rams (4-14) have now won three in a row, and coach Kenyan Conner is starting to see improvement all over the field.
“I know that we are taking better approaches at the plate and playing better defense,” Conner said. “That’s the improvement I am looking for, and that’s what I am seeing. We still have a ways to go, but we are getting there.”
Behind five strong innings from Rams starter Jared Arrington, ASU won the opener, 7-3.
They clobbered the Panthers in the second game, 16-1, and sophomore pitcher Ryan Latner, a submarine, knuckle-ball hurler, threw a complete game.
Albany natives and former Westover stars Jacob Campbell and Kerry Hall shined at the plate in the doubleheader. Hall belted a 3-run homer in the opener, while Campbell had a key two-run triple in the nightcap.
ASU will go for the sweep of Clark Atlanta at 1 p.m. today and then host Shorter College on Tuesday in a doubleheader.
DARTON BASEBALL SWEEPS SOUTH GEORGIA: The Cavs increased their winning streak to 11 games with two victories against South Georgia on Saturday.
Darton won the opener in 11 innings, 5-4, before cruising in the second game, 15-1.
The opener went back and forth before Ventavis Jerger hit a two-out single in the top of the 11th, stole second and third base and then got knocked in on a Trey Haygood bloop single over the second baseman’s head.
Cavs reliever Brandon Goldsmith was the winning pitcher after tossing two innings and allowing one hit.
Riliani Familia and Cody Wofford each had RBI at the plate for Darton.
In the second game, the Cavs scored in every inning but one, including a seventh inning when they plated eight runs — the last of which was a solo home run from relief pitcher Thomas Hill in just his second at-bat of the season.
Key hitters were Familia (3-for-5, 2 R, RBI), Davis Knapp (3-for-6, 3 R, RBI), Wofford (3-for-6, 3 R, 3B), Kyle Conkle (3-for-5, 2 RBI), Nate Ferrell (4-for-4, 2 RBI) and Casey James (1-for-5, 3 RBI, 3B).
Darton (17-4) improved to 4-0 in Region XVII and is the only unbeaten team in the conference.
The Cavs play again Tuesday at East Georgia.
LADY RAMS ROLL PAST ALABAMA A&M: The Lady Rams got big pitching performances from Ambrionna Atkism and Chelsea Hicks to sweep Alabama A&M at home on Saturday.
Atkism was the winning pitcher in the opener, which the Lady Rams won, 15-2, while Hicks dominated in the nightcap, which the Lady Rams won, 9-1.
ASU is now 7-11 overall and has won five of its last seven games.
Chaconna Marks and Kandis Banks each homered in the opener, leading a Lady Rams offensive attack that racked up 15 hits.
Banks and Albany native Domonique Bryant each had homers in the second game.
The Lady Rams will look to stay perfect in conference play when they head to Fort Valley State on Monday for a doubleheader.
LADY CAVS SPLIT: The Darton softball team won its opener against Tallahassee Community College, 6-2, to run its winning streak to six games, but the Lady Cavs dropped Game No. 2, 7-2, to move to 22-7 overall.
Savannah Carlisle was the winning pitcher in the opener, tossing all seven innings and striking out six, while sophomore Jenny Willis lost the second game after allowing five runs and striking out two in seven innings.
Kelsea Ogletree led the Lady Cavs at the plate, going 3-for-6 on the day with three home runs and five RBI, upping her team-high HR total to nine this season.
Melissa Dearth also hit a homer in the opener, which was her seventh of the season.
The Lady Cavs play again today in a doubleheader against Tallahassee Community College.
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The Sherwood girls soccer team improved to 6-0-1 this weekend with two wins and a tie in the Dublin Tournament at Trinity Christian.
After tying with Trinity Christian, 0-0, the Lady Eagles routed Robert Toombs, 10-0. Jordyn Paramore scored four times to lead Sherwood, while Katelyn Cuff scored three times. Kylee Harrod, Aubri Hughes and Molly-Kate McClearn all scored once for the Lady Eagles, who didn’t make it to the championship game after losing a coin flip with Trinity Christian.
In the third-place game, Sherwood beat Central Fellowship, 3-0, after getting two goals from Harrod and another from Cuff.
Sherwood goalkeeper Hannah Thompson has shut out opponents in all seven games this season. The Lady Eagles play again Tuesday at TAE.
DWS SWEPT: The Deerfield girls soccer team fell to 1-2 after losing to Augusta Prep, 3-0, and Stratford Academy, 6-0, on Saturday.
The Lady Knights play again Monday at home vs. Southland.