MOULTRIE -- Colquitt County did its part in its quest to get Region 1-AAAAA's top seed by defeating Lowndes 2-1 on Friday at Noel George Field.
But there was no help coming from Douglas, where Lee County broke open a 5-5 game and pounded Coffee 14-5 to win the region championship.
The Packers, who got the winning run against the Vikings on a home run by Max DeMott leading off the top of the seventh, will open the playoffs at home with a Friday doubleheader.
A third game, if necessary, will be played a week from today.
Colquitt will meet the No. 3 team from Region 2-AAAAA, which will complete its region schedule today.
Still in the running to claim that spot are Jonesboro, Stockbridge, Warner Robins and Northside-Warner Robins.
Lee County, which won eight straight region games to claim the school's first Region 1-AAAAA championship, will play the No. 4 team from Region 2.
Coffee, which for the second year in a row lost its final two region games, will finish third in the region with a 5-5 record.
Despite losing to the Packers to finish 4-6 in the region, Lowndes will be the region's No. 4 seed and is likely to travel to meet Henry County in the first round of the playoffs.
Colquitt County needed a win over Lowndes and a Coffee win over Lee County to claim a co-region championship and the top seed, but Coffee lost the battle of the Trojans.
Lee pounded out 13 hits and Coffee commited six errors to turn a close game into a blowout.
"We came down here and did what we had to do," Packers coach Jerry Croft said. "We just didn't get the help we needed."
Colquitt did get big-time performances from DeMott and Cody Green.
DeMott led off the top of the seventh by lining a pitch from Lowndes starter Bowen Corbett over the left-center field fence to break a 1-1 tie.
The Vikings had a chance to tie or win the game in the bottom of the seventh when Will Thompson worked Green, the Packers starter, for a walk.
Croft then lifted Green, who had allowed just one unearned run and struck out nine, and replaced him with Thomas Tripp, who promptly struck out Jim Letourneau for the first out.
Jacob Jarvis then reached on an error to put the tying and winning runs on base.
Pinch-hitter Jake Summers then hit a ground ball to Packers second baseman Brandon Connell, who made a diving stop and flipped to shortstop Will Southwell for the force at second.
But as Southwell was starting to throw to first base, the courtesy runner grabbed his arm.
The umpires called interference and called the batter out at first for a double play that ended the game.
Lowndes coach Danny Redshaw argued, to no avail.
Green allowed four hits and his walk to Thompson was his first base on balls of the game.
"Cody pitched a great game," Croft said of his senior left-hander.
Colquitt took the lead in the second inning when Jonathan Walker homered for the second game in a row to give the Packers a 1-0 lead.
A throwing error by the Packers enabled Lowndes to tie the game in the bottom of the the third.
The next three innings, Green and Corbett matched zeroes until DeMott cracked his fourth homer of the year.
Colquitt, now 19-7, managed just five hits, with DeMott adding a single to his home run. Southwell and Lee Henry had singles.
Lowndes had just four hits off Green, who raises his record to 6-2 on the season.
In Friday's other Region 1-AAAAA game, Tift County defeated Valdosta 9-5. Tift finishes 4-6, but loses the tie-breaker to Lowndes.
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