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Former Lee County star Matt Aldrich almost gave up baseball after a rough transition from high school to college at Valdosta State, but Darton came calling and he’s revived his career.

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Darton pitcher, ex-Lee County star Aldrich named All-American

Leesburg’s Matt Aldrich, who was Darton’s ace this past season, is named an NJCAA All-American honorable mention after finishing second in the nation in total strikeouts.

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Lee County's Aldrich making most of second chance at Darton

Leesburg native Matt Aldrich nearly quit baseball altogether after a couple of rocky seasons at Valdosta State, but a transfer to Darton seemed to solve his problems — and now the right-hander is the ace of the Cavs’ rotation and leading the nation in strikeouts.

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