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June 23, 2012

Colquitt County stars advance at District

MOULTRIE — The six Colquitt County all-star teams that played in three GRPA District III tournaments at the Magnolia Sports Complex on Saturday combined to win 12 of their 14 games and will advance to play again on Monday.

Colquitt County entered two teams each in the 12-and-under, 10-and-under and 8-and-under tournaments, which will continue on Monday.

In the 12-and-under tournament, Colquitt County Gold won both of its games, including one over Colquitt County Black, and will play the loser's bracket survivor at 7 p.m. Monday.

A win in that game would give Gold the District title and a berth in the state tournament, which will be played July 12-14 in Calhoun.

In the 10-and-under tournament, Moultrie A won two straight and will play the loser's bracket winner at 6:50 p.m. Monday for the District III championship. The District champion and runner-up will travel to Waycross next month for the state tournament.

Both 8-and-under all-star teams won their two games on Saturday and will meet at 6:50 p.m. Monday in the final winner's bracket game.

The championship game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Both teams have qualified for the state tournament, which will be held July 12-14 back at Magnolia Complex.

12-AND-UNDERS

Colquitt County Black helped open the tournament on Saturday morning with a 13-1 victory over Crisp County.

The game was scoreless after two innings, before the Black team erupted for 12 runs in the bottom of the third inning.

After Crisp scored its only run in top of the fourth, Colquitt County scored a run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth to win on the 12-run lead after four innings mercy rule.

Colquitt County Gold also won its tournament opener, getting a combined four-inning perfect game from Ethan Phillips and Gavin Patel to blank Mitchell County 16-0.

Roberts went the first two innings and retired all six batters he faced, three via strikeouts.

Patel went the last two innings and he, too, struck out three of the six batters he faced.

Raines Plant led the Colquitt County offense in the win over Mitchell County with a pair of two-run home runs.

Tanner Wilson added a three-run homer.

Carson Johnston and Tucker Hathcock had doubles in the game.

Those victories sent the two Colquitt County out to face each other in their next game, and the Black team jumped out to 6-0 lead after two innings.

But the Gold team cut its deficit in half on  three-run homer by Wilson in the third inning.

The Black team got two of those runs back in the bottom of the third.

The Gold team then struck for five runs in the top of fourth to tie the game, getting a run-scoring double from Johnston and a two-run single from Plant.

Wilson followed with his second homer of the game and third of the day to tie the game at 8-8.

Plant drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth with single to drive in Johnston.

Tucker Hathcock scored an insurance run on a wild pitch and Phillips held the Black team scoreless in the bottom of the inning to clinch the win.

Phillips pitched the final 3.1 innings and did not give up a run or a hit. He walked one and struck out six to get the win.

Wilson and Plant each had three hits and Phillips had two for Colquitt County Gold.

Colquitt County Black will play Mitchell County at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the final loser's bracket game with the winner to meet Colquitt County Gold at 7 p.m.

10-AND-UNDERS

Colquitt County B opened play on Saturday with a 14-1 four-inning, run-rule victory over Mitchell County.

Colquitt scored four in the first inning, two in the second and four more in both the third and fourth innings.

Colquitt County A also won its opener handily, defeating Thomasville 18-4.

The game lasted just 2.1 innings, with Colquitt County scoring 10 runs in the first inning and eight more in the second.

Thomasville scored four in the first and none in the second and when held scoreless in the third it fell to the losers bracket.

Colquitt County B drew Bainbridge in its second game and battled back from an early 3-0 deficit to tie the game in the fifth, only to allow two runs in the top of the sixth and fall 5-3.

Devene Watson led Colquitt County with three hits. Jamad Willis added two.

Colquitt County B remained alive in the losers bracket, defeating Thomasville 12-8.

Colquitt County A secured a berth in the championship game with its 16-1 victory over Bainbridge.

Bainbridge scored a run in the top of the first, but the lead did not last long.

Colquitt scored four in the bottom of the first, eight in the second and four more in the bottom of the third to win by the 15-after-three run rule.

Colquitt County B and Bainbridge will meet again at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the final losers bracket game, with the winner meeting Colquitt County A at 6:50 p.m. in the championship game.

8-AND-UNDERS

The Colquitt County Gold all-stars had little trouble with their two District III tournament opponents on Saturday.

The Gold team faced Crisp County in its opener and needed just 40 minutes to take a 16-0, rule-rule victory.

Gold sent 19 batters to the plate in a 16-run second inning.

In its second game, Gold again won via the run rule, sending Thomasville to the losers bracket with a 19-5 victory.

Colquitt County Black won two very different games.

In its opener, Black got a second-inning single from Zane Touchton that drove in Landon Norman with what proved to be the game's only run in a 1-0 victory.

The Black team's second game was not nearly as close, taking a 19-5 victory over Sumter County that set up the Colquitt County Black-Colquitt County Gold showdown at 6:50 p.m. Monday for a berth in the championship game.

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