Moultrie Observer

Local Sports

April 12, 2012

Packers to face Valdosta for second time this week

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County and Valdosta baseball teams will meet tonight for the second time this week and for the third time this season.

And the Packers have a chance not only to sweep the three-game series, but also to take over first place in Region 1-AAAAA.

Colquitt clinched a playoff berth with its wild 10-inning, 15-14 victory over Valdosta on Tuesday at Ike Aultman Field. The victory raised the Packers region record to 6-2 and dropped Valdosta to 1-7 with four region games remaining.

If the Packers can complete the region sweep of Valdosta – they also beat the Wildcats 11-1 on March 6 – and Tift County can knock off Lowndes at the Devil Diamond tonight, Colquitt would own first place outright.

Colquitt, now 12-6 overall, will head to Bazemore Field riding a three-game winning streak and having won four of its last five.

The Packers rebounded from Tuesday’s grueling victory over Valdosta by blanking Lincoln High of Tallahassee on Wednesday 7-0.

Senior right-hander Dillon Presley gave the pitching staff a lift when he went all seven innings, giving up just two hits. It was the team’s first complete-game shutout of the season.

And it came just one day after the Packers were forced to use five pitchers over 10 innings to finally put Valdosta away. After meeting Valdosta on the road tonight, the Packers will return to Ike Aultman Field to play host to Tift County at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

ninth-grade falls

Leon High tied the game in the sixth inning and went on to defeat the Colquitt County ninth-grade team 6-5 on Thursday in Tallahassee.

The loss drops the freshman team to 5-7-1.

The ninth-grader will conclude their season with a doubleheader at Lincoln High in Tallahassee on Saturday, playing Lawton Chiles at 2:30 p.m. and Lincoln High at 4:30 p.m.

On Thursday, the Packers hit the ball well, banging out 10 hits.

But the pitchers walked nine batters and the defense made four errors.

“It’s hard to win when you walk nine,” coach Greg Tillery said.

Ryan Pipken led the ninth-grade team at the plate with three hits, including a double.

Braden Flinchum had a pair of singles; Adam Merritt and Warren Funderburk had doubles; and Chad Jacobs, Tristan Wells and Houston Massey had singles.

Merritt started and went the first hree innings, giving up one run and one hit.

Pipkin went the next three inings, give up two unearned runs, two hits.

Funderburk pitched the seventh and gave up three runs and two hits, walking two and hitting a batter. He struck out one.

The Colquitt County junior varsity team concluded it season with a 12-2 victory over Thomas County Central on Thursday at Ike Aultman Field.

The JV team finishes the season with an 11-4 record.


The Colquitt County eighth-grade team dropped its final game of the season 17-6 to Coffee on Friday at Packer Park.

The team finishes 7-8.

Gabe Parker had three hits, Joseph Gould and Austin McCord each had two and Kevin Snyder had one hit.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 8-1.CCHS BAND.jpg Region 1-AAAAAA will have different look in 2014

     The football teams that finished last and next-to-last in Region 1-AAAAAA are gone.
    And the newest addition to the league won the championship in its region last year.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • BRUCE AND CRAIG PITTS.jpg Middle school softball workout

    Coach Craig Pitts pitches to Libby Bruce during a middle school workout at Packer Park on Wednesday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • GRAGE MUG.jpg Strength, conditioning key to Packers success

    Searching for something that it can improve on that might help make the difference between another state semifinal exit and a berth in a state championship game, the Colquitt County football staff has made a subtle change in its strength and conditioning program.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • SOCCER CAMP.jpg Soccer camp

    New Colquitt County girls soccer coach Trey Jones gives some instruction to Tayler Page during a camp at Packer Park on Wednesday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Run 2 Remember set for Saturday

    Last year’s A Run 2 Remember road race to benefit SHA Missions was run in heavy rain, but it did not appear to dampen the enthusiasm of those who entered.

    July 29, 2014

  • PEYTON CLARK.jpg Second in age group

    Colquitt County’s Peyton Clark  played in the GSGA state golf tournament Sunday and Monday, shooting 73 and 79 in the 12-13 age group. He placed second in his age division.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • SO.GA. HAWGS.jpg Hawgs visit Magnolia Manor

    Eleven members of the Pop Warner Football South Georgia Hawgs had lunch, visited, played games with and entertained residents at PruittHealth-Magnolia Manor on Tuesday. Shown are, front, from left, Mike Flournoy, J. Williams, Carlos Williams, K.P. Harris and D. Mills; back, coach Pershaun Fann, Janaz Graves, Jonaybion Madison, Markaybion S. Wallace, Noreon Graves, Blayne Ross, Gamal Wallace and coach George Wallace.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • RAMSEY PICCOCK WINNERS.jpg Redding, Blanton win Ramsey Pidcock Invitational

    Andy Blanton tapped in a 6-inch birdie putt on No. 17 to take the lead and he and John Lee Redding parred No. 18 to hold it and win the 60th Ramsey Pidcock Invitational on Sunday at Sunset Country Club.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Packers, other south Georgia teams out to get over the hump

    Past successes lead to present and future expectations.

    July 26, 2014

  • Blanton, Redding lead Ramsey Pidcock

    Andy Blanton and John Lee Redding shot a 65 on Saturday to take the first-day lead in the 60th Ramsey Pidcock Invitational at Sunset Country Club.

    July 26, 2014

Business Marquee
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Seasonal Content

Should the U.S. negotiate with groups it considers terrorists?

No. Never.
Generally no, but prisoner exchanges are an exception.
Negotiation will be required to end the conflicts we have with those groups.
     View Results