MOULTRIE -- Colquitt County Gold not only won the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association District III 10-and-under baseball championship this week.

It dominated district tournament competition, outscoring its five opponents by a combined 61-2 in earning a berth in next week's GRPA state tournament.

Colquitt defeated Thomasville 18-0 on Wednesday to complete its cruise through the district.

It will try to keep its combination of strong hitting and solid defense when it opens state tournament play on Wednesday in Waycross.

"The hitting has improved," coach Mark Davis said. "The defense is solid. And the boys have jelled and are really playing like a team."

The tournament started as scheduled on Monday, June 30, but rains conspired to push the completion of the tournment to this week.

Gold opened with a 5-0 victory over Crisp County Blue and followed with a 10-0 blanking of Thomasville. Both games were played June 30.

When Gold returned to the field on Tuesday, it took up where it had left off, beating Bainbridge 19-0 and Grady County 9-2.

Ryan Davis, Garrett Brewer and Don Mims each had three hits and Daylon Connell, Cole Pitts and Zac Goodno had two each against Bainbridge in the 17-hit explosion.

Parker Johnson and Taylor Barber each had two.

Grady County came up with the only two runs Colquitt County allowed in the tournament, but they were not nearly enough.

Goodno, Parker and Cole Pitts each had two hits and Davis, Barber and Connell each had one.

The victory over Grady County sent Colquitt County to Tuesday's championship game against Thomasville Red.

Davis led off the game by lacing a ball over the head of the Thomasville right fielder and the rout was on.

Colquitt had 24 hits in the championship game, including three each by Goodno, Johnson, Brewer, Barber, Cole Pitts and Seth Williams. Davis, Connell and Vann Pitts each had two hits.

The Colquitt County defense also sparkled in the championship game, turning two double plays from third baseman Zac Goodno to second baseman Daylon Connell to Cole Pitts at first.

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