Darton rallies in the ninth inning and earns a trip to the JUCO World Series

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Jeremy Beasley (far left) celebrates East Central District Championship

Playing on their home field for the final time before the school merges with Albany State, the Darton State Cavaliers rallied from a 4-0 deficit after three innings and 5-3 going to the bottom of the ninth with a thrilling 6-5 comeback victory which sends the Cavs to the NJCAA Division 1 World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Darton State after taking care of business
Darton State after taking care of business
It is hard to keep all the excited Cavaliers looking straight ahead
It is hard to keep all the excited Cavaliers looking straight ahead

Seven members of the Darton lineup contributed to the ninth inning heroics. Savannah’s Mike Huggins led off with a walk,  Landon Crowder (Vestavia Hills, Alabama) hit a two-strike opposite field double, Ft. Stewart’s Justin Henle singled in a run to make it 5-4, Kingland’s Cody Ilgenfritz walked, Panama City’s Kendall Herron singled in a run to tie the game at 5 and Colton Thomas (Prattville, Alabama) was intentionally walked to load the bases.

So, with the game tied and one out, Dyersburg pulled brought an outfielder into the infield. Freshman right-handed hitter Denzel Gowdy (from nearby Sylvester) was looking at a drawn in infield with three fielders on the left and two on the right. Gowdy just missed a game-winning hit on a smash that was just foul down the third base line. However, the smooth fielding third baseman waited and drilled a pitch into left to drive in the game-winning run in a walk-off style which excited the large Darton crowd.

Jeremy Beasley pitched eight strong innings against a hard hitting Walters State
Jeremy Beasley pitched eight strong innings against a hard hitting Walters State

Darton had to win four games in a row after dropping a 4-3 10 inning decision to Walters State on the first day of the East Central District Tournament. Former Toombs County Bulldog Jeremy Beasley started the game and pitched eight innings of one-run ball prior to the Senators tying the game in the top of the ninth with a two-run homer off Beasley.

Darton rebounded in the losers bracket by beating South Georgia 12-1 and Walters State 6-3 moving the Cavaliers into the championship match up with Dyersburg State

The Cavaliers beat Dyerburg 14-7 on Saturday setting up a one game winner take all setting on a sunny Sunday. Beasley, pitching on three days rest, started the game on the hill and the Clemson signee yielded a solo homer over the left field fence on a 0-2, two-out pitch in the first inning.

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Jeremy Beasley pitching on just three days rest

Jeremy retired the Eagles three up, three down in the second striking out the third batter. Dyersburg hit a two-run home run in the third and scored another run to take a 4-0 lead. Beasley threw a scoreless fourth and was pulled from the game after that. He allowed three earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

Jeremy Beasley’s 2016 Season

January 30- In his first outing and start of his sophomore season Jeremy faced 13 batters in three innings of scoreless ball. He allowed three hits and an unearned run. Beasley struck out three batters and walked one against Gulf Coast Community College of Panama City, Florida. The nine inning game went 11 innings with Darton winning 3-2. It was the only win of the weekend for the Cavaliers who went 1-3 in Panama City.

February 6- Jeremy won the first game of his sophomore season pitching four innings in a start against Wallace State Community College from Dothan, Alabama. Jeremy pitched four innings and faced 14 batters in a 9-1 home win. He allowed two hits and struck out five batters, walked one and hit one.

Through two starts Beasley has pitched seven scoreless innings allowing five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. He has faced 27 batters and is 1-0.

February 13- Jeremy started and pitched five innings at against San Jacinto College- North (Texas). He allowed six hits and two earned runs while striking out five batters and walking one. Jeremy allowed single runs in the third and fifth which means he opened up the season throwing nine scoreless innings before giving up an earned run. Beasley left the game with Darton leading 3-2. However, San Jacinto rallied and won the game 8-4.

Through three starts Beasley has pitched 12 innings allowing 10 hits and two earned runs with 13 strikeouts and three walks. He is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA. He leads the GCAA in strikeouts and ERA. 

February 20- Darton was piecing the pitching together in action at Central Alabama Community College. So Jeremy started and only threw two innings. He faced eight batters and allowed one hit and one walk with a strikeout in two scoreless frames. Central won the seven inning game 3-2.

Through four starts Beasley has pitched 14 innings allowing 11 hits and two earned runs with 14 strikouts and four walks. He is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA. He leads the GCAA in ERA by almost a full run.

February 27- Jeremy started and pitched four innings at Chipola College (Florida). He allowed six hits and six runs of which three were earned. He yielded one home run with two strikeouts and three walks in Darton’s 8-0 loss.

In five starts Jeremy has thrown 18 innings allowing 17 hits and five earned runs with 16 strikeouts and seven walks. He is 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA.

March 5- Jeremy pitched five innings and was the winning pitcher in a 7-4 victory at Tallahassee Community College. Jeremy pitched the first four scoreless and then TCC scored four in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game. Beasley allowed six hits and four earned runs and he struck out two and walked one to improve his record to 2-1.

In six starts Jeremy has thrown 23 innings allowing 23 hits and nine earned runs with 18 strikeouts and eight walks. He is 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA.

March 12- Jeremy started a home game against Northwest Florida State College. Jeremy pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed six hits and three earned runs with two walks and no strikeouts. Northwest scored single runs in the first and second on sacrifice flies and then a run in the seventh to build up a 3-1 lead and the final was 5-1. Beasley threw 78 pitches and 51 were strikes as he took the loss.

In seven starts Beasley has thrown 29 1/3 innings allowing 29 hits and 12 earned runs with 18 strikeouts and 10 walks. He is 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA.

March 20- Jeremy started and pitched five innings and allowed eight hits, six earned runs with two strikeouts and one walk. Jeremy took the loss as Darton lost to Georgia Highlands 7-5.

In eight starts Beasley has thrown 34 1/3 innings allowing 37 hits and 18 earned runs with 20 strikeouts and 11 walks. He is 2-3 with a 4.24 ERA. 

March 30- Jeremy pitched in relief against Andrew College. He entered the game in the ninth with Darton leading 11-4 and he allowed three earned runs, on four hits, in a 1/3 of an inning. Darton held on to an 11-7 win.

April 3- Jeremy started in a road game at Andrew and pitched five innings to claim the win in a 7-4 victory. Jeremy allowed five hits and one earned run with two strikeouts and one walk. Andrew scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings while Jeremy was in the game.

Through 10 outings Beasley is 3-3 with a 4.58 ERA. In 39 1/3 innings he has allowed 46 hits with 23 strikeouts and 12 walks.

April 9- Last season Jeremy pitched a two-hitter at South Georgia and lost 1-0. In a rematch, in Albany, he once again limited South Georgia to two hits while he was pitching only this time Darton scored eight runs in the first inning and 10 in the second in a 21-0 win. Beasley pitched five innings and struck out nine batters and walked only one to improve his record to 4-3.

Through 11 outings Beasley is 4-3 with a 4.06 ERA. In 44 1/3 innings he has allowed 48 hits with 32 strikeouts and 13 walks.

April 16- Jeremy threw his first complete game of the season throwing seven innings in a 4-2 win at Gordon College. Beasley allowed five hits and one earned run and struck out five batters he did not walk a batter.

Through 12 outings Beasley is 5-3 with a 3.68 ERA. In 51 1/3 innings he had allowed 53 hits with 37 strikeouts and 13 walks. 

April 23- Jeremy pitched in the second game of a doubleheader at West Georgia Tech. He threw six innings allowing six hits and four earned runs in a 19-5 win. Beasley struck out nine batters and walked one as he improved his record to 6-3. Jeremy has won his last three decisions.

Through 13 outings Beasley is 6-3 with a 3.92 ERA. In 57 1/3 innings he has allowed 59 hits with 46 strikeouts and 14 walks.

April 30-  Jeremy pitched a compete game 7 inning two hitter to lead Darton to a 6-0 home win over ABAC. Beasley struck out four batters and walked two and improved his record to 7-3 and he dropped his ERA to 3.50. Jeremy has won his last four straight decisions. Darton, at 18-6, leads the GCAA conference by one game over 17-7 South Georgia.

Through 14 outings Beasley is 7-3 with a 3.50 ERA. In 64 1/3 innings he has allowed 61 hits with 50 strikeouts and 16 walks.

May 7- Since April 9 former Toombs County Bulldog Jeremy Beasley has been on a dominating run through the GCAA. On Saturday May 7 the sophomore right-hander pitched a complete one-hitter- a 7-0 win at East Georgia. During this five-game span Jeremy has gone 5-0 and has thrown 32 innings allowing only 16 hits, four walks and five earned runs with a ERA of just 1.41.

The only East Georgia hit was by Calvin Young, a first pitch, two-out single to left. The only other Bobcat base runner reached on an error in the fourth. Young played on the 2014 Bleckley County team which faced TCHS in the first round of the GHSA State Tournament and coincidentally Jeremy one-hit the Royals in a 7-0 win.

Beasley threw only 80 pitches against East Georgia and struck out eight batters. He induced five grounders and eight fly balls.

Through 15 outings Jeremy is 8-3 with a 3.15 ERA. In 71 1/3 innings he has allowed 62 hits with 58 strikeouts and 16 walks.  

May 12- Jeremy started and pitched seven innings in Darton’s 6-1 nine inning regulation game victory over Georgia Highlands in the second round of the GCAA Tournament hosted by the Cavaliers. Beasley allowed six hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts and one walk. Darton beat South Georgia 11-8 and 18-1 to win the tournament and qualify for the NJCAA District Tournament at Darton.

Through 16 outings Jeremy is 9-3 with a 2.99 ERA. In 78 1/3 innings he has allowed 68 hits with 65 strikeouts and 17 walks.

In his last six starts, all victories, has pitched 39 innings and allowed 23 hits and six earned runs for a ERA of 1.39.

May 18- Jeremy was the starting pitcher in Darton’s first game in the EC District Tournament in Albany. Jeremy pitched eight innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits with four walks and no strikeouts and received a no decision.

Walters State scored a run in the second to tie the game and then after that Beasley kept the high scoring Senators, who hit average a little more than one homer a game, off the scoreboard in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

John Cable  hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third to give Darton a 3-1 lead. In the top of the ninth Beasley walked the leadoff batter and then he gave up a two-run homer to tie the game at 3.

Walters State scored a run in the top of the tenth and won the game 4-3. Darton bounced back on May 19 and defeated South Georgia 12-1.

Through 17 outings Jeremy is 9-3 with a 3.02 ERA,In 86 1/3 innings he has allowed 75 hits with 65 strikeouts and 21 walks.

In his last seven starts, 6-0 with a no decision, Beasley has pitched 47 innings and allowed 30 hits and nine earned run for a ERA of 1.72. 

May 22- On just three days rest, after throwing eight innings, Jeremy was the starting pitcher in the East Central District championship game. He pitched four innings and allowed four runs, three earned in a no decision. Jeremy was lifted from the game with Darton trailing 4-0. The Cavaliers came back and won the game 6-5 by scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Jeremy yielded a solo homer in the first on an 0-2, two out pitch. He threw a three up, three down second with a strikeout and a scoreless fourth. Dyersburg scored  three runs in the third, two on a two-run home run. Beasley allowed five hits with three strikeouts and two walks.Toombsnow1 Story

Through 18 outings Jeremy is 9-3 with a 3.19 ERA. In 90 1/3 innings he has allowed 80 hits with 68 strikeouts and 23 walks.  

2015-16 Baseball Schedule : Darton

OVERALL PCT. CONF. PCT. STREAK HOME AWAY NEUTRAL
43-19 .694 21-7 .750 Won 4 22-5 16-10 5-4
GAMES RUNS BATTING AVERAGE ON BASE PERCENTAGE SLUGGING PERCENTAGE HOME RUNS
62 474 .327 .437 .452 34
DATE OPPONENT NOTES RESULT STATUS LINKS
JANUARY
Fri. 29 at Gulf Coast State College L, 5-2 Final – 7 innings
vs. Tallahassee Community College @ Panama City, Fla. L, 5-4 Final
Sat. 30 vs. Tallahassee Community College @ Panama City, Fla. L, 8-5 Final – 7 innings
at Gulf Coast State College W, 3-2 Final – 11 innings
FEBRUARY
Fri. 5 Central Alabama Community College W, 6-2 Final – 7 innings
Central Alabama Community College W, 10-2 Final – 7 innings
Sat. 6 Wallace Community College-Dothan W, 9-1 Final
Fri. 12 vs. San Jacinto College-North @ Niceville, FL NWFS Invitational L, 7-2 Final – 7 innings
at Northwest Florida State College Niceville, FL L, 10-8 Final – 7 innings
Sat. 13 at San Jacinto College-North NWFS Invitational L, 8-4 Final – 9 innings
at Northwest Florida State College Niceville, FL L, 5-1 Final – 7 innings
Sat. 20 at Central Alabama Community College L, 3-2 Final – 7 innings
at Central Alabama Community College W, 9-1 Final – 7 innings
Mon. 22 at Wallace Community College-Dothan W, 7-4 Final
Fri. 26 Gulf Coast State College W, 5-4 Final – 10 innings
Sat. 27 at Chipola College L, 8-0 Final – 7 innings
at Chipola College W, 6-3 Final – 7 innings
MARCH
Wed. 2 Chipola College W, 13-10 Final
Thu. 3 at Tallahassee Community College L, 10-5 Final
Fri. 4 Lake Michigan College W, 14-4 Final – 8 innings
Sat. 5 Tallahassee Community College W, 7-4 Final
Fri. 11 Northwest Florida State College Albany, GA W, 2-1 Final
Sat. 12 Northwest Florida State College Albany, GA L, 5-1 Final – 7 innings
Northwest Florida State College Albany, GA W, 4-3 Final – 7 innings
Tue. 15 at Georgia Highlands * W, 5-2 Final
Sat. 19 Georgia Highlands * W, 11-3 Final
Sun. 20 Georgia Highlands * L, 7-5 Final – 7 innings
Georgia Highlands * L, 5-4 Final – 7 innings
Wed. 23 Thomas University JV W, 6-2 Final – 7 innings
Thu. 24 Thomas University JV W, 6-0 Final – 7 innings
Tue. 29 Andrew * W, 8-7 Final
Wed. 30 at Andrew * W, 11-7 Final
APRIL
Sun. 3 at Andrew * W, 4-0 Final – 7 innings
at Andrew * W, 7-4 Final – 7 innings
Tue. 5 at South Georgia * W, 17-5 Final
Thu. 7 South Georgia * L, 7-4 Final
Sat. 9 South Georgia * L, 7-3 Final – 8 innings
South Georgia * W, 21-0 Final – 7 innings
Wed. 13 Gordon * W, 8-5 Final
Sat. 16 at Gordon * W, 5-0 Final – 7 innings
at Gordon * W, 4-2 Final – 7 innings
Sun. 17 at Gordon * W, 15-4 Final – 8 innings
Tue. 19 West Georgia Tech * W, 11-1 Final – 7 innings
Fri. 22 at West Georgia Tech * W, 19-9 Final – 8 innings
Sat. 23 at West Georgia Tech * L, 18-17 Final – 7 innings
at West Georgia Tech * W, 20-6 Final – 7 innings
Tue. 26 at ABAC * L, 3-1 Final
Fri. 29 ABAC * W, 14-1 Final – 7 innings
Sat. 30 ABAC * W, 13-5 Final – 7 innings
ABAC * W, 6-0 Final – 7 innings
MAY
Wed. 4 E. Georgia * W, 4-3 Final
Fri. 6 at E. Georgia * L, 8-7 Final
Sat. 7 at E. Georgia * W, 7-0 Final – 7 innings
at E. Georgia * W, 7-3 Final – 7 innings
Thu. 12 Georgia Highlands % GCAA Baseball Tournament W, 6-1 Final
Fri. 13 vs. South Georgia % @ albany, ga GCAA Baseball Tournament W, 11-9 Final – 10 innings
Sat. 14 South Georgia % GCAA Baseball Tournament Championship W, 18-1 Final
Wed. 18 vs. Walters State Community College % @ Darton State EC District Baseball Tournament L, 4-3 Final – 10 innings
Thu. 19 vs. South Georgia % @ Albany, GA EC District Baseball Tournament W, 12-1 Final – 6 innings
Sat. 21 vs. Walters State Community College % @ Darton State EC District Baseball Tournament W, 6-3 Final
vs. Dyersburg State Community College % @ Albany, GA EC District Baseball Championship W, 14-7 Final
Sun. 22 vs. Dyersburg State Community College % @ Albany, GA EC District Baseball Championship W, 6-5 Final
* Conference
% Postseason
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