Darton softball coach David Dews
ALBANY — The Darton College softball team swept Middle Georgia on Saturday to improve to 27-10 overall and 5-1 in conference play.
The Lady Cavs won Game 1, 3-0, then slipped by in Game 2, 4-3, in eight innings.
Savannah Carlisle, who has emerged as Darton’s ace this season, improved to 12-2 after pitching a complete-game shutout in the opener. Carlise gave up six hits and struck out four.
“She’s really been throwing the ball well,” Darton coach David Dews said.
Chelsea Showers (2-for-2) was the only Lady Cavs player to post more than one hit in Game 1 — Darton had just five hits total in the opener — but Heather Sexton, Holly Smith and Kelsey Swinson all had RBI.
In Game 2, Jostlyn Higgerson earned the win to move to 7-4. She pitched seven innings, gave up five hits and struck out six, then Carlisle came on to get the save in the eighth.
Tied, 2-2, MGC scored one run in the top of the eighth to pull ahead, 3-2, but Darton rallied in the bottom half of the innings and won on a game-winning hit by Bree Wells after Sierra Newman bunted home the tying run one batter earlier.
Showers hit her fifth home run in the nightcap and finished 2-for-2, while Kelsea Ogletree had a double, Newman had an RBI and Wells played hero for the Lady Cavs, who will pick back up Monday against Thomas University’s JV team at home before playing at South Georgia College on Tuesday.
DARTON GOLF FINISHES 5TH AT SPRING FLING: Calling his team’s final round “awful” and “terrible,” Darton golf coach Bill Jones was less than pleased with his team Saturday — even if the Cavs finished fifth in the 21-team Goose Pond Spring Fling.
Darton was coming off a win at his home tournament two weeks ago, but the Cavs fired a final-round score of 297 to finish way back of winner Central Alabama, which ran away from the field during the final two days and won by a staggering 27 strokes over second-place South Mountain (Ariz.)
“We played awful. It was terrible,” Jones said. “It was honestly to the point of embarrassing, especially after we made the turn at 1-over and then shot 17-over on the back nine.”
Darton’s top finisher was TaeHyung Kim, who fired a 75 on Saturday and finished tied for eighth overall individually. Parks Brown had the low score of the final round for Darton with a 71, but Nick Green’s 74, Robert Robertson’s 77 and Taylor Martin’s 79 shot the Cavs out of contention.
Jones was less than pleased considering this was Darton’s final tournament before regionals start in three weeks.
“As a team, we had 173 putts (Saturday), which is just terrible. That’s about an average of 35 putts a player — and you won’t win anything or anywhere putting like that. I mean, we were nine shots back of second place going to the back nine, and we just blew it,” the coach said. “Something’s missing between the ears, whether it’s confidence or what, I don’t know. That’s what we’re going to try and figure out these next three weeks. We’re going to work them to death when they get back. There’s no excuse for how we played this week.”
The Region XVII Championships will be held this year April 7-9 at the Golf Club of South Georgia in Tifton.
RAMS BASEBALL SWEEPS CLAFLIN: The Albany State baseball team won a pair of game Saturday, sweeping Claflin by scores of 8-2 and 7-3.
In Game 1, the Rams pounded out nine hits to Claflin’s one as Anthony Hart earned the win after going 4 2/3 innings and allowing just a lone hit. He also struck out two batters. Hart did, however, walk nine Claflin batters, leading to its two runs. Demarkus Green then came on, allowed no hits, struck out three and earned the save.
At the plate, the Rams were led by Robert Latner (2-for-2, including a double, two runs scored and two RBI), Dexter Moody (2-for-3, two runs and an RBI) and former Westover star Kerry Hall notched a double.
In Game 2, ASU was led by three guys at the plate: Corbin Williams (2-for-3, two RBI and one run), former Westover star Jacob Campbell (2-for-3, including a triple, two RBI and two runs scored) and Latner, who was 2-for-3 with a run. Moody also scored a run and Allen Hardy had two RBI in the win.
ASU improved to 7-17 overall and 5-2 in conference play. The series concludes today at 1 p.m. in Albany.
FLAGLER SWEEPS GSW:
AMERICUS - Georgia Southwestern (17-17, 2-8 PBC) proved to be no match for the Flagler Saints (21-9, 3-3 PBC) Saturday afternoon as the Saints used a strong offensive performance, scoring 21 runs on the day, to sweep the Lady Hurricanes.
Game 1: Flagler 13, GSW 0 (5 innings)
Flagler was quick to demonstrate their dominance as the Saints used a pair of home runs to score 13 runs off 13 hits on their way to the easy victory.
On the other side, the Lady 'Cane bats fell silent as GSW could only muster a pair of hits in the contest on their way to their third shutout loss of the season.
GSW's starting pitcher Allison Pastor (7-6) was credited with the loss as the junior pitched for 3.1 innings, giving up 11 runs off eight hits.
Flagler's Kalyn Loverich (10-5) had a dominant performance on the mound. The junior threw a complete game only giving up a pair of hits off six hits.
Game 2: Flagler 8, GSW 1
Flagler remained dominant in the second game of the doubleheader as the Saints jumped out to an early 6-0 advantage through the first four innings.
GSW lit up the scoreboard for the only time when Kiley Doster had a RBI double to score Ashley Clifton.
Flagler answered with two more runs in their half of the fifth inning and GSW continued to be shut out the rest of the way as the Saints prevailed, 8-1, to sweep the doubleheader.
Kiley Doster's two-hit, one RBI performance paced GSW who accounted for seven hits on the contest.
Starting GSW pitcher Ashley Cavender (5-6) threw for four innings, giving up eight runs off eight hits.
GSW will be back in action this Tuesday, March 19, as the Lady Hurricanes complete their six-game home stand by hosting King College (Tenn.) in doubleheader action starting at 5 p.m.