Darton's TaeHyung Kim is tied for first at Goose Pond.
SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Darton freshman TaeHyung Kim overcame 30 degree weather and some rough closing holes to lead the Cavs with a 4-under 68 in Thursday’s opening round of the Ron Marshall Spring Fling.
Darton, the 7th-ranked team in NJCAA, shot a 296 and sits in fourth place in the 20-team tournament, which is the Cavs’ first time back in action since winning last week’s Doublegate Collegiate Invitational and snapping a streak of 11 straight months without a victory.
Even though Kim was the lone Cav to shoot under par in the first of three rounds, Darton is just eight shots back of leader Central Alabama Community College and in position to make a run at another title.
“With two rounds to go, eight shots can easily be made up,” said Cavs coach Bill Jones III, whose team could have been in front after the opening round if not for some poor putting. “We had a million three-putts. The holes that we didn’t play well on, we weren’t making putts either. So that’s a bad combination.”
Kim, a native of South Korea, is tied for the lead with one other player from John A. Logan (Ill.) College, but he had an opportunity to come in at 5-under with the outright lead if not for a three-putt bogey on the 16th hole.
After shooting a 5-under 31 on the front nine, he came in with a 1-over 37 on the back nine.
“He was hitting the ball well,” Jones said about Kim. “He hit it well on the back nine but just let a couple of shots get away from him. I walked with him the whole round and mad sure that he was thinking right, and he was putting it right where I was telling him to.”
Other scores for Darton were Taylor Martin (76), Parks Brown (76), Robert Robertson (77) and Nick Green (79).
Wallace State, which led after the opening round of the Doublegate Collegiate Invitational but was eventually passed by Darton, is in second at 295, and South Mountain (Ariz.), the No. 1-ranked team in NJCAA Division II, is in third at 296.
LADY RAMS SOFTBALL SPLITS: The Albany State softball team lost to Miles, 4-2, and then bounced back with a 10-2 win against Kentucky State in the opening day of the conference’s cross-over tournament in Jasper, Ala.
The Lady Rams, who are 10-12 overall and 5-1 in the conference, have now won five of their previous six games.
In the opener against Miles, ASU had just four hits — two each from Chelsea Hicks and Kandis Banks — and freshman pitcher Ambrionna Atkism surrendered six hits and two home runs in seven innings of work.
The Lady Rams found some offense in their second game, combining for 13 hits and being led by Hicks (3-for-4, 3 RBI, 2 R) and Chaconna Marks (2-for-4, 2 R). Alexa Lopez was the winning pitcher after tossing five innings, striking out six and allowing seven hits.
The Lady Rams play again today against LeMoyne-Owen at 10 a.m. and against Tuskegee at 4 p.m.
Monroe soccer sweeps Dougherty
ALBANY — The Monroe girls soccer team won its third game in a row Thursday night thanks to a 4-0 blanking of city rival Doughety.
Monroe (3-5) was led by Kendalyn Stone’s two goals, while Alyssa Kegler stopped six shots in the shutout.
The Tornadoes (2-6) also won, 7-0, behind two goals each from Roderick Smith and Cedrick Jones, while Shondrevian Stringer made six saves.
Monroe returns to action Tuesday against Crisp County.
Stratford beats DWS; Rand. So. wins; DWS soccer sweeps
ALBANY — Deerfield lost, 5-4, to Stratford and fell to 3-3 on the season after Westin King gave up two runs on three hits and the DWS bats went cold.
King did what he could from the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, while Coleman Butler added a double and three RBI in the loss.
DWS returns to action today at rival Sherwood.
RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 11, SHERWOOD 2: Josh McDowell earned the win for the Patriots (1-5), who picked up their first victory of the season.
Blake Lamb had a big day at the play for Randolph with a home run and a single, while Drew Weathersby added two hits and two RBI.
Randolph will next play at home against Georgia Christian.
DWS SOCCER SWEEPS WESTFIELD: The Deerfield boys and girls soccer teams dispatched of rival Westfield on Thursday with the DWS boys winning, 4-2, and the Lady Knights coming out on top, 8-1.
Andrew Sullivan scored twice for the Knights (2-0), while Taylor Grandinetti and Spencer Martin each added one goal.
Cheyenne Colvin and Mackenzie Hudson each had two goals for the Lady Knights, who improved to 3-2 overall. Jordan Lane, Casey Kincheloe, Haley Kincheloe and Rachel Sullivan also scored for DWS, which plays again today in the Sherwood Cup.