The Colquitt County 8-and-under girls all-stars’ run though the GRPA and District tournament came to a halt in Cordele on Friday with a loss to Dublin.
But Colquitt remains in contention for a state championship, although the girls will have to win three games today to do it.
The Colquitt girls had won three District tournament games and their first state tournament game by the run rule.
But competition got stouter on Friday.
Colquitt’s girls got five runs in the first inning and went on to defeat Calhoun 9-7 in their first game on Friday.
Jade Horne, Reagan Young, Kylie Davis, Abby Plymel and Katlynn Powers reached base to start the game and all scored.
After Calhoun tied the game with a five-run top of the third, Colquitt scored two in the bottom half and never relinquished the lead.
Powers drove in Davis, who had doubled, for the first run in the inning. Maggie Rae Parker then drove in Powers.
After Calhoun scored a run in the top of the fifth, Plymel followed a Davis triple with a home run in the bottom of the inning to put the game out of reach.
Davis went 3-for-3 with a homer and three runs scored. Plymel had a home run and scored twice. Powers also scored two runs.
But Colquitt ran into a strong Dublin team in the final losers’ bracket game and lost for the first time in the postseason, falling 9-5.
Dublin scored three in the top of the first only to have Colquitt tie the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning and another in third.
Colquitt led briefly on the strength of a two-run fifth, but Dublin scored two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth and Colquitt was unable to answer.
Horne, Davis and Plymel had singles in the Colquitt County’s first-inning rally and Jadan Harrell had a double and scored on a sacrifice by Emily Allegood in the second.
In the third, Young had a hit and scored on a double by Davis. Plymel’s sacrifice fly scored Davis.
If Colquitt can win in today’s 10 a.m. final losers’ bracket game, it would face Dublin in the championship game at noon.
12-and-unders rained out
The Colquitt County 12-and-under all-stars, battling back through the losers bracket in the state tournament in Calhoun, were rained out on Friday.
They could play as many as three games today.
10-and-under boys ousted
In Waycross, the Colquitt County 10-and-under all-stars won their first two in their GRPA state tournament, but could not get their bats going in their last two games, dropping them both and being eliminated on Friday by Wayne County.
The District III champions were dropped to losers bracket with a 19-2 loss to Glynn County on Thursday night and then were ousted when they fell 11-2 to Wayne County on Friday.
Colquitt scored two runs in the second inning, but that was all it could manage against Wayne County.
J.T. Whatley led Colquitt County against Wayne County chipping in two hits, including a double. Callon Kubiak also had a two-base hit. Jacob Walden, Lucas Tostenson, Drew Dalton, Owen Fleury, Gabe Horne and Eason Roberts each had singles.