MOULTRIE — Northside-Warner Robins left-hander Justin Key bewildered the Colquitt County High batters on Friday at Ike Aultman Field and helped lead his team to a 4-1 victory over the Packers.

Key allowed the Packers just four hits and a single fifth-inning run.

And although he struck out just one, he induced 13 fly ball outs to drop the Packers to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in Region 1-AAAAA.

The victory raises the Eagles record to 3-2 as they bounced back from a 6-5 loss to Warner Robins on Tuesday.

The Packers were coming off a 3-2 Tuesday victory over Tift County and a Thursday night rainout and never appeared to get many good cuts against Key, a senior.

The Packers only run came in the fifth when Davis Durham’s drive smacked off the center field fence for double and Blake Bennett followed with a ground ball that bounced off the glove of third baseman Caleb Peacock for an RBI single.

Colquitt’s first hit was a single to right by Cole Pitts with one out in the fourth.

Hayden Kudela had the Packers only other hit when singled to open the sixth.

But he was stranded and Key retired the last six Packers in a row to end the game.

Northside, now 9-2 overall, got all four of its runs off Colquitt County starter Russ DeMott, who was touched up for eight hits in five innings.

Peacock’s two-out single in the second drove in Jake Deason with the Eagles first run.

Matt Nettles doubled in Jordan Couillard in the third to make it 2-0.

A two-run single by Danny Spires drove in the final two Northside runs in the fifth.

Russell Hanson pitched the final two innings for the Packers and gave up two hits, two walks and hit a batter, but did not give up a run.

Colquitt will return to Ike Aultman Field at 6 p.m. Tuesday to play host to Valdosta, which lost to Coffee 12-3 on Friday.

Also in Region 1-AAAAA on Friday, Lowndes defeated Houston County 11-2 and Tift County edged Warner Robins 4-3.


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