Written by David Mann
Albany, Ga. – The Darton State College Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead on East Georgia State College and captured a 13-1 victory, before sending them packing with an 11-1 blowout in a doubleheader, Saturday.
The two wins came as the Cavaliers swept a GCAA, four-game series with East Georgia College and improved to a 21-4 season record while staying undefeated in conference play.
The Cavaliers, now 8-0 in the conference and ranked No. 16 in the NJCAA, were just too much for the Bobcats to handle over the weekend.
The first game, Saturday, was decided quickly as Darton exerted its will early with seven runs in the first three innings.
RBI singles by Kyle Conkle and Nate Ferrell in the first inning and a sacrifice fly by Kody Adams and a wild pitch in the second, supplied early scores for the Cavaliers.
Darton was led by a flawless day at the dish by Casey James, who went 4-4 at the plate. He doubled in the fourth inning and singled in the first, third, and fifth innings.
John Harman looked sharp on the mound, giving up only two hits to East Georgia. He allowed one earned run, walked three and struck out three during his five innings of work.
In the second game of the doubleheader, a seven-run explosion in the second inning carried Darton to an 11-1 win in seven innings.
Cody Wofford, Brandon Sharpe and Trey Haygood scored two runs each. Davis Knapp, Adams, Rashad Billups, James and Cameron Martin cross the plate as well.
James belted a two-run homer to rack up two RBIs. Wofford, Ferrell and Adams had two RBIs as well.
East Georgia State College couldn’t get anything going so long as Brandon Goldsmith was on the hill. The Bobcats managed just one hit off of the Cavaliers’ pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out one during his three innings of work.
Kyle Conkle got the win for Darton State. He allowed one run over four innings. Conkle struck out two, walked none and gave up seven hits.
Darton will enter another conference series with West Georgia Tech on Tuesday, in Carrollton, with games 2, 3 and 4 resuming Friday and Saturday in Albany.