Cavaliers rained out in baseball tourney

Darton needs to win twice today to make NJCAA World Series

Scot Hemmings

Scot Hemmings

COVINGTON — Darton State College baseball coach Scot Hemmings had mixed feelings on Sunday’s rainout of the East Central District Championship at Georgia Perimeter College.

The rainout gave the Cavaliers a chance to rest their starting pitchers. However, it also gave Columbia (Tenn.) State pitchers a rest too.

The Cavaliers will meet Columbia State in the finals at 12 p.m. today. Darton will need to win twice to advance to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., which would be the school’s first appearance in the national tournament.

It was Columbia State that sent Darton into the loser’s bracket on Friday. But the Cavaliers fought their way out of the loser’s bracket, including a 9-0 rout of Region XVII Champion Georgia Perimeter to earn an appearance in the finals.

Darton rode pitcher Davis Adkins on Saturday. The former Crisp County standout hurled a complete-game victory 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.

But if Darton is to advance to Grand Junction, they will need a similar offensive performance like they had on Saturday.