MOULTRIE -- Four members of the Colquitt County High baseball team were named to the All-Region 1-AAAAA team and the best part for Packers fans is that two of them will be back in uniform next season.
Infielder Jake Mobley, pitcher Aaron Willis and catcher Max DeMott were named to the All-Region first team. Pitcher Cody Green received honorable mention.
DeMott and Green are juniors and will return next season when the Packers try to improve on the 20-9 record the team posted this year.
Joining DeMott, Mobley and Willis on the first team are infielders Buck Cargile of Lowndes, Chad Ward of Tift County and Justin Judy of Lee County; outfielders Will Peterson of Valdosta, John Youngblood of Coffee and Morris Grant of Ware County; and pitchers Josh Lairsey of Ware County, Aaron Stewart of Coffee and Luke Taylor of Lowndes.
Blake Wright, who batted .429 for Tift County, was named the first team designated hitter.
Peterson, who batted .476 and had 19 stolen bases and 19 runs batted in for the Wildcats, was named the region's Player of the Year.
Ware County's James Conoly edged Coffee's Frank Vashaw for the Coach of the Year honors.
Ware County surprised most observers by finishing 9-5 and in a four-way tie for first place in the region this season. The Gators were eliminated in the first round of the state playoffs by Groves, the No. 4 team from Region 3.
Vashaw also got his Trojans into the four-way tie and Coffee won two rounds in the state playoffs before being eliminated by Parkview 1-0 and 4-0 in Douglas this week.
Willis and Lairsey tied for the most victories by a region pitcher this year with each winning eight games. Lairsey was 8-5 with a 1.23 ERA for the Gators.
Willis was 8-3 with a 2.36 ERA and struck out 56, while walking just 15 in 65 1/3 innings.
The right-hander was selected to play for the Southwest Georgia team in this weekend's Georgia Dugout Club/Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-Statr tournament in Macon.
Mobley also will be on that team after coming off a senior season in which he batted .419 and drove in 21 runs for the Packers. The third baseman-shortstop has signed to play at Georgia Southwestern next year.
DeMott carries on a recent tradition of excellent catchers for the Packers, including Will Stuckey, Chris Bryant and Rob Cannon.
As a junior, DeMott batted .356 with four home runs and 16 runs batted in. He had a hit in each of the three state playoff games against Wayne County last week. He also had a fine defensive season.
DeMott displayed his potential as a sophomore in 2001 when he batted .333 and drove in 13 runs.
Green, a junior left-hander, was a pleasant surprise for the Packers coach staff this season. He teamed with Willis to pitch most of the region games and finished with a 4-3 record.
More impressive was his 1.62 earned run average. He allowed just 11 earned runs in 47 1/3 innings, striking out 54 while walking just 15.
The All-Region second team included catcher Ricky Hutchinson of Coffee; infielders Brandon Ponder of Lowndes, Josh Shepherd of Ware County, Dustin Rooker of Coffee and Blake Wright of Tift County; outfielders Chris Jameson of Coffee, Barrett Wilkes of Lowndes and Eric Williams of Valdosta; and pitchers Matt Shurley of Tift County, Gray Jones of Lee County, Randall Thrift of Ware County and Will Brawner of Coffee.
Jameson was the second-team designated hitter after batting .386 and driving in 20 runs for the Trojans.
Among the honorable mention selections were pitchers Matt McCullar of Lowndes, Stephen Newman of Valdosta and Nick Green of Tift County and catchers Brad Linton of Ware County, Ben Killough of Bainbridge and Luke Gordon of Tift County.
Also of note, Ward will play at ABAC next season and Youngblood was selected for the Southeast Georgia All-Star team.
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