May 09, 2015
ALBANY – Darton State College beat South Georgia 19-3 today to win the Cavaliers' first GCAA/Region 17 Baseball Championship Tournament title.
"Honestly, that was our best game of the year," said Scot Hemmings, Darton State head baseball coach and 2015 GCAA Coach of the Year.
If there were ever any doubts that the Cavs had It in the bag, freshman catcher John Cable erased them early when he smacked a 3-run homer in the first inning to give Darton a 3-1 lead that they'd never let go.
"I was looking for a pitch that I could put some good metal on," Cable said. "I got the pitch and drove it, looking for an RBI to put our team up. I happened to get ahold of it, and drove it out of the ball park."
And the Cavaliers kept on hitting. Darton scored another run in the 4th inning, six more in the 3rd, one in the 4th, two in the 5th and six more in the 6th inning.
"We kept working every inning," Hemmings said. "And as we kept working we really got going."
Cable finished 3 for 4, with 3 runs scored and 4 RBI.
Right fielder Colton Thomas had an exceptional day too, going 4 for 6 with 3 doubles and a triple. He had 5 RBI and scored twice.
Starter Taylor Ferringer got the win. In 5 innings of work he allowed 5 hits and 3 earned runs. He threw 2 strikeouts.
Freshman pitcher Kyle Hansen got the save. He was incredible, and with 3 strikeouts he allowed no hits, no runs, and no walks during his 4 innings on the mound.
After winning their first-ever regular season conference title, Darton was top-seeded and finished the tournament flawlessly 3-0. The championship final was the Cavaliers' 40th win of the season, and Darton is now 40-17 overall.
Darton enters the East Central District Championship at Walters State Baseball Field in Morristown, Tenn., Thursday. The Cavs play Chattanooga State (30-11) at 11 a.m.