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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP: Darton men’s soccer moves up to No. 2 in the nation; Dougherty, Sherwood softball roll

ALBANY — The Darton State College men’s soccer team powered past Thomas University’s JV on Wednesday, 6-2. Then the Cavs woke up Thursday and discovered they had climbed to No. 2 in the most recent NJCAA Top 25 poll.

Darton is now 3-0 and still has not lost a regular-season game since 2011.

Today at 7 p.m. the Cavaliers will host Eastern Florida State in what is expected to be a very good matchup among two programs that recruit heavily from the South Florida talent pool.

Eastern Florida has played mostly scrimmage games so far, but the first-year program is 1-1 in regular matches with a 4-0 shutout over Mississippi Gulf Coast and a 3-1 loss to San Jacinto College.

DOUGHERTY SWEEPS MONROE FOR KEY REGION WIN: The Lady Trojans swept a doubleheader against city rival Monroe this week, winning Game 1, 12-4, in five innings, and Game 2, 17-6.

The wins improve Dougherty to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in region play.

In Game 1, the Lady Trojans were led by Ra’Keta Shelton, The Herald’s reigning Player of the Year for girls basketball who went 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. Dominique Anderson (2-for-3, two runs) and Takiya Davis (3-for-4, 5 RBI, two runs) both added doubles in the win, while Amber Ward added an RBI and was a perfect 3-for-3. Anderson was also the winning pitcher.

In Game 2, it was Shelton leading the way again, this time notching three triples, one double and six RBI, finishing the day 4-for-5. Imani Ferguson drove in three runs of her own after two doubles, while Davis (3-for-4, 2B, RBI, three runs), Sashun Johnson (double), Ciara Jenkins (RBI, run), Brittany Fowler (two hits, two runs), Reshonda Taylor (double, RBI, three runs), Anderson (4-for-5, two runs), Tai’Keira Martin (hit, run) and Ward (2-for-4, two runs) all got into the action.

SHERWOOD SOFTBALL SLIPS BY TERRELL ACADEMY: Sherwood ace Anna Laine Brock, who recorded her 500th strikeout last week, continued on a roll Wednesday when she led the Lady Eagles (3-2 overall, 2-1 in region) past Terrell Academy, 2-1.

Brock was the winning pitcher with 14 strikeouts, while only allowing three hits. Brock also scored a run and added a hit, but the real damage at the plate was done by Keyada Thomas (two hits), Amber Olsen (1-for-3, run) and Kaiylee Parr (double, 2 RBI).