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August 26, 2013

Lady Packers begin region softball schedule

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County girls softball team got a taste what Atlanta-area softball is like last weekend in the Buccaneer Bash and the Lady Packers will try to use what learned when they open Region 1-AAAAAA play today.

Colquitt will travel to Lowndes to begin the region part of its schedule with a doubleheader against the Vikettes at 4 p.m. today.

“Lowndes has dominated our region until last season,” Lady Packers coach Jake Mobley said. “We know they’ll be well-coached. We’re just going to have to find a way to win two games.”

The Lady Packers will take a 2-4 record into the doubleheader with the Vikettes.

After opening with a 3-0 victory over Thomas County Central, the Lady Packers went to Alatoona and Harrison high schools for the Buccaneer Bash on Friday and Saturday and went 1-4.

Colquitt won their opener on Friday, defeating Grayson 6-4.

But the Lady Packers were shut out in their next two games, falling 8-0 to Calhoun and 6-0 to Harrison.

On Saturday, they lost to defending Class AAAAAA champion Archer High 10-2, then lost their finale 2-1 to Heritage.

That game ended when Heritage threw out the potential tying run at the plate.

“It was good to see that level of competition,” Mobley said. “Our girls played hard and competed well.

“And some of the scores weren’t indicative of how close the games were. We were in all of those games.”

In the loss to Archer, Colquitt trailed 5-2 going into the fifth before the game got out of hand.

In the loss to Calhoun, the Lady Packers were down by just three runs going into the fifth.

Mobley said the Lady Packers saw some outstanding pitching in the two-day tournament.

“We didn’t see any slack pitching,” he said. “Everybody was solid.

“We just struggled throwing strikes. And we didn’t drive in runners when we had the opportunity.”

Taylor Owens continued to swing a hot bat, getting at least one hit in each of the five game.

She had her second-straight four-hit game in the win over Grayson. She also had two hits against Archer.

 

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