Written by David Mann
Douglas, Ga – The Cavaliers swept South Georgia College in a three-game series over the first weekend of conference play, pushing Darton to an awesome 17-4 record and keeping them as No. 1 in Region 17.
The Cavaliers have won 11 straight games and are now 4-0 in conference play. They will travel to Swainsboro on Tuesday to face East Georgia. The Bobcats split with ABAC in their first series and are 9-12 overall. The single 9-inning game begins at 2 p.m.
Friday Night – Offenses Dominate As Darton State Outscores SGC 15-9
The bats were busy in Douglas, Ga., on Friday, and when the dust cleared the Darton State Cavaliers had a 15-9 win over South Georgia College.
The teams combined for 34 hits, including four extra base hits.
The game was back-and-forth heading into the seventh, with four lead changes, but the Cavaliers finally managed to grab the lead after a strong seventh inning. A three-run error scored Kody Adams, Casey James and Tripp Calhoun and gave the Cavaliers the lead for good.
Chris Long got the win for Darton State College Cavaliers. He allowed three runs over four innings of relief. Long struck out three, walked one and gave up two hits.
The Cavaliers hammered South Georgia pitching as six hitters had a field day, combining for 18 hits, eight RBIs and 12 runs scored.The top of the first saw Darton State take an early lead, 1-0. Riliani Familia got things going for the Cavaliers with a single. A stolen base then moved Familia from first to second.
After a quick strike from the Cavaliers, South Georgia responded with four runs in the second. South Georgia scored on an RBI single by Zach Brigham, an RBI single by Josh Gabriel, and a two-run double by Tony Nazario.
The Cavaliers added three more runs in the top of the ninth. Rashad Billups kicked things off with a single, scoring Familia.
Saturday Game 1 – Extra-Inning Thriller Favors Darton State, 5-4 Winners Over SGC
Darton State needed 11 innings on Saturday to take down South Georgia College 5-4 in Douglass.
With the score tied at four, Trey Haygood came to the plate and singled, bringing home Ventavis Jerger. Jerger had a two out single before stealing second and third during Haygood’s at bat.
The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to nine lead changes in the game.
Brandon Goldsmith recorded the win for the Cavaliers. He tossed two innings of shutout ball. He struck out none, walked none and surrendered one hit.
In the bottom of the first, South Georgia grabbed the early lead, 1-0. Aaron Drew kicked things off for the Tigers with a single. A groundout by Tyler Bashlor then moved Drew from first to second. Charles Sikes singled, scoring Drew.
South Georgia quickly matched the Cavaliers’ strong inning with a one-run inning of its own in the second. The Tigers scored on an error.
Saturday Game 2 – Cavaliers’ Offense Erupts For 15 Runs In Blowout Victory Over Tigers
The Cavaliers blew out the Tigers 15-1 in the finale of the series.
Riliani Familia led the Cavaliers’ offensive threat, as he got on base four times in the game. He scored two runs and had one RBI. He singled in the fourth and seventh innings.
Casey Moody was in control on the mound. South Georgia managed just one hit off of Moody, who allowed no earned runs and striking out six during five innings of work.
The Cavaliers easily handled Tiger pitching as seven hitters combined for 18 hits, 10 RBIs and 12 runs scored.
The Cavs never trailed after Davis Knapp scored in the first on an RBI single by Nate Ferrell.