Dalton State College 89, Middle Georgia State University 84
After losing two of its past four games, Dalton State College finished the regular season on a positive -- and a record-breaking -- note.
The No. 4-ranked Roadrunners traveled to Cochran and beat Middle Georgia State University on Saturday, 89-84. Dalton State improved to 27-3, 15-3 Southern States Athletic Conference and is the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, which is Wednesday through Saturday in Montgomery, Alabama. The Roadrunners have an opening-round bye and play on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. CST against the winner of the No.7/10 seed game between William Carey University and Blue Mountain College.
Dalton State made history by setting the regular-season school record for wins, one more than the 2013-14 squad that won 26 games in their first season. That team was ineligible for the postseason. For Dalton State, senior guard Randy Bell led the team in scoring with 25 points. Other players scoring in double figures were C.J. Perry (16), Rodley Adjei (14) and Kevon Tucker (12). Igor Stokic had eight points and nine rebounds. The Roadrunners held a 19-point halftime lead, but Middle Georgia State (13-14, 9-9) came storming back in the second half to make the game interesting.
High school baseball
Christian Heritage 9, Gordon Central 5
The Lions traveled down I-75 a few miles to take on the Gordon Central Warriors on Friday night and came away with a 9-5 victory. For Christian Heritage (5-2), pitcher Brennen Richards got the win, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up three runs on six hits and four strikeouts. Richards improved to 2-1. Pitcher Evan Hood finished the game, going 2 1/3 innings without giving up a hit. He also collected four strikeouts. The offense was led by Nash Bingham, who went 3-5 with a RBI and two doubles. Elian Bautista was 2-5 with a RBI, Josiah Chiesa got a triple and drove in a run and Ben Hermann collected two RBIs.
The Lions start region play at Bowdon High School on Monday before Bowdon travels to play Christian Heritage Tuesday night at 5:30.
Dalton 7, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 3
The Catamounts put up a five-run third inning in defeating Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe on the road, 7-3. For Dalton, Caleb Nix led the offensive output as he went 2-2 with a home run and three RBIs. Brant Bagley was 1-3 with a double and a RBI; Brock Johnson had a hit; and Tyler Neises was 2-4 with a double and three RBIs.
Nix was also the winning pitcher, going four innings and giving up three runs on three hits and eight strikeouts. Tyson Neil pitched the final two outs for the save.
Dalton is 4-4.