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March 29, 2012

Diamond Packers pounded by Cook 11-1

MOULTRIE — The way Colquitt County baseball coach Tony Kirkland looks at it, his Packers will play 12 important games this season: the ones that count in the Region 1-AAAAA standings.

And one of those is coming up on Tuesday when the Packers travel to Douglas to meet Coffee High, the team they are tied with for second place in the region standings.

So the Packers will not want to dwell long on Thursday’s 11-1 five-inning loss to Cook High in Adel.

“Our job is to rebound and do what we’ve got to do next week,” Kirkland said.

The Packers pounded Cook 12-6 on March 14 at Ike Aultman Field and the Hornets returned the favor on Tuesday.

Cook scored eight runs in the first two innings of starter Dillon Presley.

Palmer Betts had a two-run home run in the first inning and Tyler Norton added a grand slam in the second as Cook jumped out to a quick 8-1 lead.

Cook scored another run off Austin Dykes, who walked four batters in the third inning, and two more off Vann Pitts.

The Packers managed just five hits, all singles by Pitts, Matt Creech, Blake Bennett, Aubrey McCarty and Jared May.

The Packers loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first, but came away with just one run.

Bennett drew a one-out walk, McCarty followed with a base hit and Pitts walked to load the bases.

Dykes hit into a fielder’s choice to drive in Bennett, but that was all the Packers could come away with.

“We didn’t play what you would call horrible,” Kirkland said. “We really didn’t. It was a non-region game and it was the day before spring break.”

The Packers will not want any more such breakdowns in what is proving to be a tight region race.

Lowndes is 4-1; Colquit and Coffee are 3-2; Tift County is 3-3; and Valdosta is 0-5, but could still be a factor.

The region championship, won by the Packers last year, appears to be anyone’s to win.

“And it’s as much ours as anybody’s,” Kirkland said.

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