BRIEFS: Albany State baseball rallies to beat Valdosta State

Rams have won 20 of last 23 games

Albany State baseball rallies to beat Valdosta State

VALDOSTA — The Albany State baseball team scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday to rally past Valdosta State for a 10-6 victory and win for the 20th time in the last 23 games.

ASU starter Jonatan Galan was yanked in the first inning after walking four and allowing four runs with just one out, but relievers Sam Fielding and Theodore Tramontana combined to allow two runs and six hits the rest of the way as ASU mounted its comeback.

Robert Latner and Joseph Virgo led the Rams with two RBIs, while Ryan Latner, Jacob Campbell, Allen Hardy, Sable Gilliard and Jeromy Arrington all drove in one run. The Rams (26-15) finished the regular season 2-1 against Valdosta State (21-15).

ASU, which is undefeated in the SIAC, returns to conference play Saturday with a doubleheader at home against Paine College.

Lady Rams belt eight homers in sweep of Clark Atlanta

ATLANTA — The Albany State softball team knocked out eight home runs Wednesday in a doubleheader sweep of SIAC foe Clark Atlanta.

The Lady Rams won the first game, 13-6, and then rode ace Alexa Lopez’s one-hitter in the second game to an 11-0 victory.

Chelsea Hicks threw Game 1 for the Lady Rams but also led Albany State’s attack at the plate with two hits, a homer and six RBIs. Anria Peterson and Chaconna Marks also hit homers in the opener.

In the second game, Jadea Taylor smacked two home runs and Marks added her second homer of the day.

ASU (18-20, 15-3 SIAC) plays again today in a doubleheader at Valdosta State.

Harman throws gem in Darton’s 10-0 win

CUTHBERT — Darton State pitcher John Harman took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of Wednesday’s Region XVII game against Andrew College, and the Cavs cruised to a 10-0 victory for their 10th straight win.

Harman, who struck out seven of Andrew’s first nine hitters, finished the game allowing just one hit as Darton improved to 27-13 overall and 17-5 in the region.

Payton Mann led the Cavs at the plate with two hits and three RBIs, while Brandon Sharpe, who was named the NJCAA national Player of the Week on Wednesday, raised his region-leading RBI total to 41 with a pair of RBIs. Also for Darton, Hill Thomas was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, and Riliani Familia was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

Darton plays again today at home against Andrew at 6 p.m.

Darton softball improves to No. 17 in NJCAA poll

ALBANY — The Darton State College softball team improved to No. 17 in Wednesday’s NJCAA Division I poll.

Darton had been ranked No. 18 in the previous three polls, and the rise in ranking followed Darton’s spring break when the Lady Cavs didn’t play.

Darton head softball coach Eric Neel said his program is capable of climbing even higher in the national poll.

“Even though we’re still ranked, there’s a lot of work to be done,” he said. “A lot of climbing to be done.”

His Lady Cavs are ranked No. 1 in the Region XVII standings with a 9-1 region record. Darton is undefeated at home and is 32-10 overall heading into today’s doubleheader at South Georgia State.

Former DWS star pitcher honored at Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Chris Moates, a 2011 Deerfield-Windsor grad and former Herald Player of the Year, was named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday.

Moates is now a sophomore at Yale, where he helped the Bulldogs go 3-2 last week.

He took the mound in the seventh inning in a scoreless tie with Cornell on Saturday, pitching two innings of no-hit ball with four strikeouts. Yale scored in the bottom of the eighth to win, 1-0, and gave Moates his first victory of the season.

On Sunday, Moates pitched the final 2 2/3 innings to preserve Yale’s 4-2 victory over Princeton, striking out two and allowing just three hits.

Moates takes home his first career Ivy League weekly award and gives the Bulldogs back-to-back Pitcher of the Week awards for the first time since 1997.

Moates has appeared in 10 games this season as a reliever and has pitched 21 innings. He has an ERA of 2.57 and averages 6.86 strikeouts per nine innings.

Knights lose first game of season

CHULA — The Deerfield-Windsor baseball team lost its first game of the season Tuesday, falling to GISA Region 3-AAA rival Tiftarea, 10-4.

The Knights (8-1, 1-1) were led at the plate by John Shenker (2-4, RBI) and Ryan Toole (1-3, 2 RBI), while Will Akins started on the mound for DWS and gave up six walks and two hits in 3 2/3 innings pitched.

Deerfield plays again today at 4:30 p.m. at home against Glenwood School.

Softball tournament fundraiser scheduled

The South Georgia Warriors football team will host its third annual Slugfest Softball Tournament for adults April 26 at Barber Park in Cairo.

The fee is $200 per team, and the deadline to register is April 21. For more information, contact Gemika Ivey at (229) 977-3715.