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Cavs clinch No. 2 seed, opening-round bye

William Golden

William Golden

COCHRAN — Darton State’s William Golden hit a two-out RBI single in the fifth inning of Saturday’s second game against Middle Georgia to put the Cavs ahead by one run, and the lead stuck to give Darton a No. 2 seed-clinching win.

The nationally ranked No. 16 Cavs dropped the first game, 6-1, but came back to win Game No. 2 against fifth-ranked Middle Georgia, 4-3. With the victory, the Cavs (38-16, 28-7) are locked in as the No. 2 seed in next week’s Region XVII tournament and will earn a first-round bye.

Golden’s key hit in the fifth inning of the second game scored Payton Mann to break a 3-3 tie. Golden, Mann and Tavin Thompson all had three hits in the nightcap, while former Crisp County star Davis Adkins relieved starter Cole Amtmann and got the win. Adkins took the mound in the second inning and allowed one run and five hits the rest of the way.

In the first game, Darton took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a Luis Salas RBI double, but Middle Georgia starter Corey Kafka settled in and only allowed two base runners in the final six innings. Darton starter Brandon Goldsmith surrendered five runs in the second inning and took the loss to fall to 9-3.

The Cavs end the regular season at 1 p.m. today at home against Middle Georgia before hosting the region tournament next week.