DOUGLAS — It had been two weeks since the Darton softball team had taken the field, but on Thursday the Lady Cavs picked up right where they left off with a doubleheader sweep of Region XVII foe South Georgia.
Starting pitcher Sommar Wright threw a one-hitter in the opener to lead the Lady Cavs to an 8-0 victory, and then Darton rolled to an 11-4 victory in the second game.
The nationally-ranked No. 17 Lady Cavs (34-10, 11-1) have now won eight straight games.
In the opener, Jostlyn Higgerson led Darton with three hits and a home run, while Jordan Allen and Sierra Newman each had two hits. Wright racked up five strikeouts in the six-inning win.
In the second game, Darton’s Savannah Carlisle was the winning pitcher and allowed five hits with one strikeout.
Melissa Dearth (3-4, HR, 5 RBI) and Allen (4-5, 4 RBI) had big games at the plate in the nightcap. Katelynn Johnson added two hits.
LADY RAMS SWEPT: The Albany State softball team was outscored 25-2 by Valdosta State in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday. VSU, ranked No. 24 in Division II, won the opener, 9-1, and then crushed the Lady Rams (18-22) in the second game, 16-1.
Alexa Lopez was the losing pitcher in the opener for the Lady Rams, who scored once in the third to cut the lead to 5-1 but left the bases loaded and never threatened to take the lead again.
In the second game, ASU pitcher Chelsea Hicks gave up 13 hits in four innings and surrendered six home runs to the Lady Blazers, including two to Courtney Albritton, who is one homer shy of the career Gulf South Conference record and is now tied for the national lead this season with 21.
Jadae Taylor’s home run in the fourth inning gave ASU its only run.
The Lady Rams play again Wednesday at SIAC East Division leader Claflin. The Lady Rams are one game behind Claflin in the loss column.