Colquitt County pitchers Cole Bryant, Clayton Brown and Austin Craven combined to give up just two hits over seven innings as the Packers defeated Brookwood 7-2 on Saturday in soggy Snellville.
The game was originally scheduled to start at 1 p.m., but first pitch was moved to 4 p.m. to allow a crew to work on the field after the area was battered by rain.
“It was horrible weather conditions,” Packers coach Tony Kirkland said. “Their pitcher didn’t deal with it. Ours did.”
The Packers scored six of their runs in the first three innings, taking advantage of an error and nine walks issued by Broncos starter Matt Kopec.
Kopec’s first walk came to leadoff batter Mack Hathcock and Daniel Mobley made him pay when he followed with a home run to put the Packers quickly up 2-0.
Colquitt added three more in the second and added single runs in the third and fifth innings.
The Packers had just six hits, but made good use of the bases on balls.
Mobley had two hits, Hathcock had a double and Ryan Pipkin, Adam Merritt and Jonah Bozeman added singles.
Hathcock, Gabe Mobley and Preston Berry each drew a pair of walks off Kopec.
“I liked our aggressiveness,” Kirkland said.
While the Broncos pitching staff struggled, Bryant, Brown and Craven rolled merrily along.
Bryant went the first three innings, giving up just one hit, a solo home run to Mason LeBlanc in the first inning.
Bryant also struck out two before turning the mound over to Brown, who needed just 20 pitches get through the fourth and fifth innings. He did not give up a run, hit or a walk.
Craven pitched the final two inning and gave up the Broncos other hit. He was charged with the final Brookwood run, although it was unearned after the Packers were charged with a pair of errors in the bottom of the seventh innings.
“Craven is baseball money if we play defense behind him,” Kirkland said.
The sophomore right-hander struck out three.
With the loss, Brookwood falls to 11-12 on the season.
The Broncos also beat Dacula 7-1 on Wednesday, but fell to Parkview 6-1 on Thursday.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Packers who are now 14-10 and will play what is likely their final game of the season at Ike Aultman Field on Tuesday when Thomas County Central visits.
The Yellow Jackets are 6-9, including a 9-3 loss to the Packers back on March 4 in Thomasville.
The first pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., but the Packers 11 seniors will be honored beginning at 5:10 p.m.
The team’s seniors are Gabe Mobley, Andy Bush, Mack Hathcock, Daniel Mobley, Preston Berry, Jonah Bozeman, Ryan Chatman, Cole Bryant, Clayton Brown, Ross Goforth and Tony Simpson.
The Packers have finished the Region 1-AAAAAA part of their schedule with a 6-6 record.
On Thursday, Lowndes swept Camden County, winning 10-0 and 13-2 to raise its region record to 5-7.
Camden County falls to 2-8.
Also on Thursday, Coffee clinched the region championship when it split a doubleheader at Tift County.
Tift County won the opener 4-0, but Coffee scored late to win the second game 2-1 for its 10th win of the season. Coffee is now 10-2.
Valdosta (6-4) will play at Brunswick (2-8) on Tuesday. Tift County will play at Camden County on Friday to complete the region schedule.