ALBANY — The Darton State College baseball team is not only nationally ranked, but the Cavs are one of the hottest teams in the land right now.
Darton (19-4) won its 13th game in a row Friday night with a 12-6, come-from-behind victory against East Georgia College, which led, 6-1, after two innings.
But the Cavs, who are also a perfect 6-0 in region play, battled back behind strong pitching from Chris Long, who came on in relief with Darton behind, 6-5, and shut down EGC the rest of the way. He allowed no runs, three hits and he struck out three.
Leading the hit parade for Darton was Nate Farrell (2-for-4, two runs, RBI), Brandon Sharpe (2-for-2, two runs, two RBI) and Casey James (2-for-4, two RBI).
The series continues today with a doubleheader at 1 p.m.
Darton golf way behind heading to final day at Goose Pond:
The Darton State College golf team fell behind overall leader Central Alabama on Friday during the second round of the Goose Pond Spring Fling Invitational and is tied for fourth overall heading into today's final round. Central is running away with the tournament after firing a 15-under on Friday to pull 23 shots ahead of second place South Mountain.
Darton, as a team, fired a 294 on Friday, while Tae Kim shot 73 and is 2 back of individual lead.
Deerfield baseball routs rival Sherwood, 16-0
ALBANY — The Knights and Eagles resumed their cross-town rivalry on the baseball diamond Friday as Deerfield came away the winner — the big, big winner.
By the final of 16-0 in five innings, the Knights improved to 4-3 thanks to 18 hits to Sherwood’s one.
Coleman Butler was the winning pitcher, going three hitless innings and striking out five, while Harris Webb (2-for-4, two doubles, two RBI), Davis Hines (2-for-3, double, triple, two RBI) and Kh’Ron McClain (double) got it done from the plate.
Deerfield returns to the field Tuesday for its first region game at Brookwood.
HARDAWAY BASEBALL 7, LEE COUNTY 5, (8): The heartbreaking start to the season continued for Lee County baseball on Friday, which fell to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in region play.
Lee was down, 5-0, before storming back in the seventh on hits by Austin Joyner, Andrew Stroud, Dalton Daniel, Jack Bell and Nick Bruner, who tied the game at 5-5 on a sac fly and forced extra innings,
But Hardaway came right back in the top of the eighth and knocked reliever Chris Moseley out of the game on a hard slapper up the middle that injured the pitcher’s throwing hand.
Lee put the tying run on base in the bottom of the eighth, but the Trojans couldn’t get him in.
Lee returns to action Tuesday in a must-win region game at TCC.
RANDOLPH SOUTHERN BASEBALL 11, GEORGIA CHRISTIAN 9: Trey Goree earned the win after his complete-game performance and the Patriots (2-5) won their second straight after starting the season 0-5.
Goree added a double at the plate, while Josh McDowell had two hits, including his first home of the year, and Drew Weathersby and Brett Sauls each smacked doubles.
Randolph returns to action Tuesday at Crisp Academy.
SHERWOOD GIRLS SOCCER WINS A PAIR: The Lady Eagles (7-1-1) may have seen their unscored-upon streak end earlier this week in a loss to Terrell Academy, but they rebounded in a big way Friday when they shutout two opponents during the opening round of their home tournament.
Sherwood first bounced Lafayette Christian, 5-0, behind four goals from Jordyn Paramore, one from Kylee Harrod and a shutout with four saves from Hannah Thompson. Later Friday, the Lady Eagles romped Brookwood, 3-0, behind goals from Paramore, Christina Charles and Aubri Hughes, while Thompson made three saves in the shutout win.
The wins now set up a semifinals matchup today against rival Deerfield, which also won twice Friday. Game time is set for 10:30 a.m.
CAIRO BASEBALL 11, DOUGHERY 1: The Trojans fell to 1-2 on the season and 0-2 in region play after losing in a rout to the Syrupmakers on Friday.
Dougherty tallied just three hits and Mike Whatley scored the only run on a Cairo error.
It doesn’t get any easier as Dougherty returns to action Tuesday at region powerhouse Crisp County.
WORTH COUNTY 7, MONROE 2: The Rams improved to 7-2 in the region after Friday’s win.
Worth was behind, 3-0, before tally four runs in the sixth to take the lead and then three in the top of the seventh to close out the Tornadoes.
Worth’s Jonathan Cirullo was 3-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI, while Tyler Moore was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Quantavious Sweney was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.