Darton baseball coach Scot Hemmings, who had a chance to own the school's longest win streak in history had the Cavs won Wednesday, said he was mystified about the team's lack of energy against West Georgia Tech during a 4-3 loss on the road, ending the program's streak at 15 games.
DOUGLASVILLE — It’s over.
The streak, the momentum and a chance to sail into the Top 10 in the nation this week all ended Wednesday when Darton State College’s baseball team failed to hold a 3-2 lead late and fell to West Georgia Tech, 4-3, on the road.
The Cavaliers had won 15 in a row — tying the school record and one shy of making it their own — and took a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning, but West Georgia Tech scored a run in the eighth off starter Casey Moody and a run in the ninth off Cordele native Davis Adkins, who suffered his first loss of the season, to snap the streak.
“We were well aware of the streak,’’ Darton coach Scot Hemmings said after the loss. “We talked about what was on the line. This was a huge deal. We knew we had the streak, and we felt if we had a four-game sweep this week that would put us in the top five in the country.
“We were very transparent about everything on the line. We had so much to play for and didn’t play with any energy or enthusiasm. We were flat.’’
Hemmings said he even re-emphasized the significance of the game just before his team, which is ranked No. 16 nationally, took the field.
“Right before we broke the huddle I told them, ‘Don’t take winning for granted,’ ” Hemmings said. “And we never got any energy.’’
The Cavaliers (21-5 and 8-1 in the conference) took a 1-0 lead in the third on Davis Knapp’s RBI double, and after West Georgia Tech knotted the score at 1-1, the Cavaliers put two runs across in the fifth when Riliani Familia, who went 2-for-4, drove in a run and Brandon Sharpe scored later on a wild pitch. Knapp finished 2-for-4 and Kyle Conkle went 2-for-3, but Darton couldn’t add to the lead.
“Their pitcher did a good job keeping us off balance,’’ Hemmings said. “But our hitters never made a good adjustment.’’
Hemmings said he didn’t have anything to say to his team after the loss.
“I didn’t say anything after the game,’’ he said. “They were very disappointed, but that was after the fact. I have no earthly idea why we came out flat, but I guarantee you we won’t be flat Friday.’’
That’s when Darton will be at home to face — you guessed it — West Georgia Tech (14-12, 4-5) in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
ASU TRIO TO PLAY IN ALL-STAR GAME:
ATLANTA — Albany State men’s basketball seniors Jaren Harris, Andrew Covin of Albany and Justin Wilcox, formerly of Albany Tech, have been selected to participate in the 2013 Georgia Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game. The contest will be the 4th annual game for the organization, and the trio of ASU players is making history by being the first Rams selected to participate.
“We are proud that these guys were selected for this honor,” ASU coach Chris Cameron said. “They worked hard during the season, and they were rewarded for their efforts. I’m sure they will give the crowd in attendance a good show and represent Albany State to the highest level.”
Harris, a 5-foot-10 guard from Tennille, averaged 14.8 points, 2.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds this past season. He made .335 percent of his 3s and shot .886 percent from the free throw line. Harris was also selected to the All-Conference team.
Covin, a 6-1 guard from Dougherty High, averaged 10.4 points, shot .469 percent from the 3-point line and made .757 percent of his free throws. Wilcox, a 6-3 guard from Abbeville, averaged 9.9 points and three rebounds. He also made .429 of his 3-point attempts.
The all-star game will be played March 23rd at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.
Tip-off time is slated for 7:30 p.m. The game is free to the public.
Randolph Southern stays perfect in region
SHELLMAN — The Randolph Southern baseball team, which is playing its final season after the school announced earlier this year it was closing, is off to a great start during its farewell tour.
The Patriots (3-5, 2-0 in region) whipped recent Class state champ Crisp Academy, 13-3, in six innings behind winning pitcher Josh McDowell.
Grant Ward added a double and three RBI, Owen Deal recorded a triple, double and two RBI and Blake Lamb had two hits and two RBI.
Randolph gets a big test next when it faces fellow rival Terrell Academy at home today.