Colquitt County’s 8-and-under Black all-star team pulled the biggest upset of the GRPA state tournament being played at the Magnolia Sports Complex, eliminating Colquitt County’s A team with a 11-4 victory in a Friday morning losers’ bracket game.
But Colquitt County Black could not sustain the momentum of the surprising victory and was itself ousted in its next game, falling to Rincon 4-1.
Only three teams remain in the tournament, which will resume at 10 this morning with the final losers’ bracket game featuring Rincon and Washington County.
The winner will face unbeaten Vidalia in today’s 11:30 a.m. championship game.
The “if” is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Vidalia, which opened with a victory over Colquitt County Gold on Thursday, defeated Summerville 10-4 and Washington County 10-2 on Friday to reach the championship game.
Both of the Colquitt County teams lost their tournament openers on Thursday, with Gold falling to Vidalia 10-7 and the Black team losing to Summerville 9-3.
Those losses sent the two local teams against each other at 10 a.m. Friday.
The Black team scored four runs in the top of the second and never surrendered the lead.
Gold scored a run in the bottom of the fourth to pull to within two again at 5-3, but Black scored three runs in the top of fifth and three more in the sixth to put the game out of reach.
The Black team opened the second inning with singles by Steven Spradley, Will Snipes and Landon Norman. The first two Black runs scored on a throwing error and the last two rode home on a single by Thomas Propst.
Gold answered with a two-out, two-run single by Hayden Moore in the bottom of the inning.
Snipes reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Cole Whatley to put the Black team up 5-2 in the third inning.
Chasyn Miley’s two-out single drove in Davis Dalton in the fourth inning as the Gold team pulled to within two.
But in the top of the fifth, Black took advantage of several defensive lapses to score three times.
Zane Touchton drove in one run, Cole Whatley another and a third scored on an error.
Black put together five hits, including four that did not leave the infield, to score three more times in the top of the sixth.
Propst, Parker Bruce and Touchton had the RBIs.
Touchton and Spradley each had two hits for the Black team.
Snipes, Norman, Propst, Bruce, Brock Weaver, Cameron Summerlin, Hayes Lightsey and Jesse McMurphy each had one.
Miley had three hits and Cannon Whatley, Davis Dalton and Hayden Moore each had two for the Gold team.
Henry Underwood, Gavin Steptoe, Nathan Harden, Landon Griffin and Drew Johnson each had one for Colquitt County Gold.
Colquitt County Black managed just four hits in its next game and was eliminated by Rincon.
Black scored its only run in the top of the third with Cole Whatley singling in Touchton to tie the game at 1-1.
But Rincon regained the lead with a run in the bottom of the inning and tacked on two more in the bottom of the fourth.
Cole Whatley had two hits for the Black team.
Weaver and Bruce had the others.