Easy rolling

Dar­ling­ton moves on to the sec­ond round with a pair of big wins over Gal­loway.

Rome News-Tribune - - SPORTS - By Tommy Ro­manach Sports Writer TRo­manach@RN-T.com

One bat­ter af­ter the other, the Dar­ling­ton soft­ball team slapped hit af­ter hit into the out­field, adding to its lead. The con­voy of hits didn’t make for the most com­pet­i­tive of games, but it was cer­tainly the ex­e­cu­tion a coach wants to see in the post­sea­son.

Dar­ling­ton recorded 33 hits over the span of two five-in­ning games as it swept Gal­loway in the first round of the Class A Pri­vate play­offs Thurs­day at home. The Lady Tigers earned a shutout 11-0 win in Game 1 and built their way to a 14-1 vic­tory in Game 2. The wins send Dar­ling­ton to the Sweet 16 for the sec­ond sea­son in a row.

“We did what we had to do with this game,” Dar­ling­ton coach Matt Larry said. “Both games, we kind

of turned it on there in the mid­dle in­nings. So we played our game and we made the hits when we needed to.”

Ellie Gil­lis went 6-for-8 with five RBIs and five runs scored in the dou­ble­header, in­clud­ing a lead­off home run in Game 2. Caro­line Din­gler went 6-for-6 with four RBIs and three runs scored, and Syd­ney Sey­mour reached base seven times, in­clud­ing on three ex­tra-base hits.

In Game 1, Josi McKibben al­lowed only two hits, no runs and struck out seven through five in­nings pitched. Kathryne Led­bet­ter fol­lowed that by go­ing all five in­nings in Game 2, al­low­ing only four hits and one earned run.

Dar­ling­ton (14-10) posted three runs in the first in­ning of Game 1 and would score in each of its four fol­low­ing at­bats.

The Lady Tigers never passed on an op­por­tu­nity to take an ex­tra base or take ad­van­tage of an er­ror, and they quickly got in range to win via the run rule.

“I think we all have tal­ent, and coach Larry ex­pects us to hit the ball and put it in play,” Sey­mour said. “We know each of us can hit the ball well, so we ex­pect to be good top to bot­tom.”

The sec­ond game was not much dif­fer­ent, save for the Lady Scots (5-15) scor­ing their only run of the af­ter­noon in the fourth.

Dar­ling­ton scored one run in the first and sec­ond be­fore break­ing out with an eight-run third in­ning to take a 10-0 lead and not look back.

The Sweet 16 is where Dar­ling­ton’s sea­son ended last year, with a pair of one-run losses to Tat­tnall Square, cut­ting short their hopes of mak­ing it to Colum­bus and the state cham­pi­onship bracket.

The Lady Tigers will travel to Ma­con for the Sweet 16 again next Wed­nes­day, this time to play First Pres­by­te­rian.

“We talked about just con­trol­ling what we need to con­trol,” Larry said.

“The same ex­act team was here last sea­son. We are back in Ma­con, so that’s some­thing we’re used to and it may be a good thing.”

Jeremy Stewart / The As­so­ci­ated Press

Dar­ling­ton’s Syd­ney Sey­mour gets a hit dur­ing the third in­ning of Game 2 against Gal­loway in the first round of the Class A Pri­vate state play­offs Thurs­day at Dar­ling­ton School. Dar­ling­ton won both games.

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