Darton State baseball ready for upcoming season

The Cavs played in an intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday in preparation for their first game this week. (Matthew Doyle/WFXL)

Baseball is back.

In five days, the Darton State baseball team gets their season rolling at Panama City, and for the Cavs' players and coaches, they're ready to give this season all they have.

"We return 15 sophomores off of a conference championship team, a top 15 preseason ranking," Darton State head coach Scot Hemmings said. "And this class, this sophomore class, has the beat, has the chance to be the best team to ever come through here."

The Cavs will find out their potential early in the season when they'll play 10 games against opponents ranked in the top 20.

"Playing these bigger teams are big for us because we've got to prepare ourselves for our competition in conference," Darton State shortstop Mike Huggins said. "See some big arms, just prepare us to get to the World Series like our main goal is.

The Cavs have won three straight conference championships, and this year they're pushing for more.

"I want that ring. We won the conference last year and dog-piled on this field. And it was amazing," Darton State catcher John Cable said. "And I just want to be able to win conference, win regionals and get to the World Series and play for that ring."

This is the Cavs' final chance to achieve that goal following the school's merger with Albany State, and they're ready to represent Darton State for one last time.

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