CUTHBERT — Just about 15 feet.
That was the difference in Darton’s Brandon Sharpe hitting for the cycle on Friday in a 12-6 win against Andrew.
Sharpe hit a triple and double in his first two at-bats and bunted for a single before flying out to right field. Then in his final at-bat in the ninth Sharpe ripped a long double that was about 15 feet from clearing the fence.
Sharpe, who scored a run and drove in a run, didn’t get the cycle, but that’s about the only thing the Cavaliers haven’t accomplished of late.
They have more than bounced back from seeing their 15-game winning streak broken last week. The Cavs (26-5) won their fifth in a row on Friday to improve to 13-1 in Region XVII, and they have now won 20 of their last 21 and have climbed to No. 12 in the nation.
Cody Adams had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and scoring twice, and Cody Wofford went 2-for-5, scored twice and drove in three runs. Kyle Conkle also went 2-for-5 and drove in four runs with a two-run single and a two-run double.
A.J. Sunstrom pitched six innings and allowed just one base runner — a single in the third. He struck out four and improved to 6-1 for the season.
Darton plays Andrew today in a doubleheader in Cuthbert, beginning at 1 p.m.
RAMS SPLIT WITH TUSKEEGEE: Albany State’s Rams split a pair of games against Tuskeegee on Friday, winning the opener, 4-3, and falling in the nightcap, 4-1.
Clifford Peterson went six innings to get the win in the opener and Donte Williams picked up the save. Hector Carrasquillo went 2-for-3 and drove in the winning run in the top of the seventh. Xavier Chapman also went 2-for-3 for ASU. Ryan Latner suffered the loss in the nightcap. Former Westover star Kerry Hall had a pinch-hit home run to provide ASU’s lone run. The Rams are now 11-20 for the season, but they are 9-1 in the conference.
LADY RAMS SPLIT: Nova Southeastern swept the Albany State Lady Rams softball team on Friday, shutting out ASU, 8-0, in the opener and stopping the Lady Rams, 5-2, in the second game.
Chelsea Hicks took the loss in the opener. She lasted just two innings and gave up six runs on six hits. Hicks had one of Albany State’s three hits in the opener and then hit a two-run homer in the nightcap to provide ASU’s only runs of the day. Alexa Lopez took the loss in the second game, giving up five runs over six innings. She gave up seven hits and three walks and had two wild pitches. The Lady Rams are now 21-19 for the season. ASU went 0-3 on its swing through Florida and returns home Monday to play Claflin.
Lee baseball sweeps Bainbridge in region showdown
LEESBURG -- Andrew Stroud hit a grand slam in the opener, and Luke Earley drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth inning in the nightcap to lead the Lee County baseball team to sweep against Bainbridge. The Trojans won the opener, 6-3, and the second game, 2-1.
Brent Kyzar got the win in the opener, while Matt Mears got the save in the first game and the win in the second game.
The Trojans are 4-9 and over and 3-4 in the region and play again Monday at Centennial.
Bainbridge soccer wins first region title
BAINBRIDGE -- Junior midfielder Louis Mejia scored in the 17th minute of Friday's game to lead the Bainbridge soccer team to a 1-0 win against Region 1-AAAAA foe Hardaway, giving the Bearcats their first region title in program history.
Bainbridge improved to 9-2-2 overall and 4-1 in the region.
Lee girls soccer team shuts out Harris
LEESBURG — The Lee County girls soccer team cruised to a 6-0 win against Harris County on Friday to wrap up their Region 1-AAAAA schedule.
The Lady Trojans, who will finish the season second in the region at 4-1, are now 7-4 overall.
Carson Taylor led the way with three goals, Gracen Brooks had two goals and Tamia Milla found the back of the net once.
CRISP COUNTY 15, ALBANY HIGH 0: Landon Whitman pitched a three-inning no-hitter for Crisp County, which was led by Kory Herrington, who went 2-for-2 for the Cougars.
Albany High is now 4-5 overall and 2-4 in Region 1-AAAA play. The Indians play Dougherty in a region game at Paul Eames at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.