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Darton advances to finals

Cavs must beat Columbia State twice today

Davis Adkins

Davis Adkins

COVINGTON — The good news is that the Darton State College baseball team still has a chance to make it the NJCAA World Series.

The bad news is that the Cavaliers have an uphill climb to get there.

Darton stayed alive in the loser’s bracket of the East Central District Championship Saturday afternoon, blanking host Georgia Perimeter 9-0 in a game halted after seven innings by the mercy rule. The Cavaliers advance to today’s finals needing to beat Columbia (Tenn.) State, the team that sent Darton into the loser’s bracket, twice.

The two meet at noon at Georgia Perimeter College. If the Cavaliers can pull off a win in the first game, the second game would be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first. A sweep would send Darton into the World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., for the first time in school history.

Today’s game wouldn’t have been possible without the services of Davis Adkins again. The former Crisp County standout hurled a complete-game for his 10th victory of the season. Just four runners reached base. He struck out three and faced just 25 batters, four over the minimum.

He also benefited from an offensive explosion.

Darton gave him all he needed in the first after Riliani Familia tripled and scored on William Golden’s RBI groundout for a 1-0 lead in the first. The Cavaliers added two more in the second on Brandon Sharpe’s two-run homer to make it 3-0.

Golden then scored on Ventavis Jerger’s RBI groundout in the third to make it 4-0 before a four-run sixth inning gave Adkins a commanding 8-0 lead courtesy of RBI singles from Tavin Thompson, Luis Salas and Sharpe.

Trey Haygood led the offensive attack, going 3-for-4, while Hill Thomas, Sharpe and Golden each went 2-for-4. Thomas finished with two RBIs, while Sharpe added three.