A tight game was decided in the eighth inning as Darton State College fell to Middle Georgia College 5-4 in the final game of the GCAA Championship on Saturday at Darton.
The Cavaliers were up 4-2 going into the eighth, but the Warriors went into a three- run rally that began with Cavalier starter Chris Long and ended with relief pitcher Andrew Crumbley.
Long got into trouble after he walked Cody Langford and then gave up a double to Blake Shouse, scoring Langford. Crumbley came in from the bullpen with a runner on second and gave up a double to batter Andrew Kelly on his first pitch, advancing Shouse to third. The Warriors kept at it as Trae Wilson hit a hard ground ball to left field, scoring Shouse for the tying run.
An infield error allowed Kelly to score the winning run.
Middle Georgia closer Justin Flores didn TMt give up a hit and picked up the win for the Warriors.
Darton TMs Cody Wofford sparked the Cavalier offense early. He homered in the first inning, singled in the seventh and stole bases twice. Brandon Sharpe went 2-for-3 with a double, three stolen bases and a run scored. And Davis Knapp doubled and scored once.
The Cavaliers finished the season 42-13, outperforming their previous season-win record by 4 wins. They climbed to No. 9 in the NJCAA over the 2012-2013