The Darton baseball team was looking to gain some momentum heading into spring break and there was no other way to do it but play solid baseball versus the South Georgia College Tigers, which was atop the conference standings.
Friday night, the Cavs sent freshman RHP Kevin Bibler to the mound for his first start of the season. Bibler pitched six strong innings and got the win as the Cavs won the game 9-6. Leading the way for the offense was second baseman Ricardo Barbosa, who was 3 for 4. Darnell Duckett, Drew Shields, Tag Lanier and Freddy Garay all collected two hits apiece to help the cause.
In the first game on Saturday, the Cavs’ offense was awake early, scoring six runs in their half of the first inning, and never looked back. Sophomores Brandon Swann and Travis Morris combined for a solid pitching performance allowing just six hits and three earned runs together. The Cavs won the game 7-4.
Offensively, Barbosa had another great game, going 3-3 and earning three RBI. Shields and Lanier collected two hits while Erik Gaylord was 1 for 3 and had two RBI.
The final game of the series was a hard fought and didn’t see much offense until SCC scored seven times in the top of the seventh and claimed the victory 8-1.
Sophomore ace Jake Smith was dominant for most of the game and gave the Cavs a chance to win. Smith pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing six hits, just three though six innings, five runs, striking out five and walking three.
Barbosa is leading the team in hitting at .483. Shields is second, hitting .418 and has been above .400 since the third game of the season. Lanier is third in hitting, .362, and leads in RBI with 34. He has seven home runs.
Sophomore right fielder Jeremy Boyd is sixth in hitting, .326 and second in home runs with five.
The Cavs will host conference opponent Andrew College next weekend; the opener is at 6 p.m. Friday.
written By Erica Henry