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September 4, 2013

Lady Packers defeat TCC 5-4

MOULTRIE — Colquitt County softball coach Jake Mobley has been looking for some elusive two-out base hits and got a big one on Wednesday that helped the Lady Packers defeat Thomas County Central 5-4 at Packer Park.

Junior right-fielder Diana Durham ripped a single to left to score Chaz Singletary and Taylor Owens with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend the Lady Packers lead to 5-2.

The hit was even bigger when the Lady Jackets score two runs in the top of the seventh before Nikki Johnson was able to coax a ground out out of Central’s Hannah Johnson to end the game.

“That was huge,” Mobley said sixth-inning by Durham, who had grounded out twice and struck out before ripping a liner to left. “It was a key hit, something we haven’t been doing. And it proved to be the difference.”

The win raised the Lady Packers record to 3-6 and ended a six-game losing streak.

Colquitt opened the season with a 5-3 victory over the Lady Jackets in Thomasville, but have struggled since then.

And they fell behind in the first inning on Wednesday when Brooke Stanley’s double of Lady Packers starter Nikki Johnson gave Central a 1-0 lead.

Colquitt took the lead when Cheyenne Tillman opened the second inning with a single and went to second on Amber Kling’s bunt base hit.

Tillman scored on Madison Robinson’s ground out and Kling scored the go-ahead run on a hit by Taylor Owens.

Central tied the game in the top of the fourth when Allie Hiers drew a bases-loaded walk.

The Lady Packers regained the lead on a bases-loaded base on balls of their own in the bottom of the fourth, this one by Angie Davis, scoring Cheyenne Sumner.

Colquitt added its final two runs in the sixth when Robinson walked. Owens followed with her third hit of the game, moving Singletary, who was running for Robinson, to second.

After Davis walked, Durham got the Lady Packers eighth and final hit.

Owens had three of those hits, raising the .607 batting average she took into the game.

The three-time All-Region second baseman already has a pair of four-hit games to her credit this season.

Mobley credits much of Owens’s success to her decision to learn to hit left-handed and master slap hitting.

“She did it all summer and kind of perfected it,” Mobley said. “Now she’s made the leadoff position her own.

“It’s really a tribute to her being such an athlete.”

Durham, Tillman, Kling, Sumner and Robinson had the other Lady Packer hits.

Colquitt County will try to even its Region 1-AAAAAA record when it plays host to Camden County in a doubleheader beginning at noon Saturday at Packer Park.

The Lady Packers, now 3-6 overall, dropped their region openers on Aug. 27, losing at Lowndes 5-3 and 7-1.

The Colquitt County junior varsity completed the sweep, defeating Central 3-1.

Dakota Baker was outstanding on the rubber, pitching all seven innings, giving up just two hits while striking out five.

Sydnee Dalton had two hits and Baker, Aubrey Green, Reagan Goforth, Lora Grace Bruce, Caitlyn Meadows, Paris Sumner and Ashley Spradley each had one hit.

Green, Dalton and Baker had the runs batted in.

Coach Chance Pitts was especially pleased with Baker’s pitching performance and with the fact that his team did not commit an error.

Now 4-4, the JV team will play host to Camden County in a doubleheader beginning at noon Saturday at Packer Park.

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