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Darton baseball keeps season alive

Cavs are three wins from JUCO World Series appearance

CONYERS — With Motlow State threatening to end Darton State’s baseball season, the Cavs turned to trusty right-hander Davis Adkins, who got out of a seventh-inning jam and preserved a 5-3 Darton victory in Friday’s elimination game of the East Central District Championship.

Darton fell into the loser’s bracket of the four-team, double-elimination tournament early Friday with a 5-2 loss to Columbia State, but Adkins saved the season in Game 2 to keep the Cavs’ hopes of a NJCAA World Series berth alive.

To advance to the World Series, Darton will need to win a 3 p.m. game today against either Columbia State or Georgia Perimeter and then sweep the championship series Sunday.

In Friday’s opener, the Cavs took a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning, but starter John Harman surrendered five runs to Columbia State in the frame. The Cavs managed just five hits in the game, including two from first baseman Brandon Sharpe, who drove in Darton’s only run.

In the second game, Darton scored twice in the third and fifth innings to take a 4-1 lead into the seventh inning, where starter Brandon Goldsmith ran into trouble, allowing Motlow to cut Darton’s lead to one run and loading the bases before Adkins ended the inning in relief and then cruised through the final two innings.

Goldsmith improved to 11-3 on the mound, while Adkins, a former Crisp County star who was the hero in the Region XVII tournament with two victories, got the save.

Luis Salas (2-5, 2 RBI, R), Sharpe (3-5, RBI) and Hill Thomas (2-4, 2 R) led the Cavs at the plate in the nightcap. Sharpe’s ninth-inning RBI was his 60th on the season.