MOULTRIE — Not far removed from a seven-game losing losing streak and facing a team with a 13-1 record, no one would have been surprised if the Colquitt County High baseball team just went through the motions after finding itself down 8-1 after two innings against Tift County on Friday.

But the Packers scored seven runs after two were out in the top of the third inning and added six more in the fifth and went on to shock the Blue Devils 15-14 in Tifton.

The win puts the Packers, now 5-8 overall, in a tie atop the Region 1-AAAAA standings with a 1-0 record.

The Packers banged out 22 hits, including five by Andrew Wallace.

Among the five hits were three doubles and a grand slam in the seven-run third.

The junior left-hander, who has been shelved with a sore shoulder recently, pitched the final three innings and gave up a run to the Blue Devils in the bottom of the seventh, but he struck out two, including the final batter of the game.

Scotty DeMott pitched to just one batter, but got him to hit into an inning-ending double play and got the win.

Packers coach Jerry Croft gave his players credit for the stunning victory.

“They just wanted to win,” Croft said. “They’ve been working hard in practiced and just focused tonight.

“That’s just a big win for us. I can’t say enough about the kids. Down 8-1, they could have quit. But they didn’t.”

Colquitt also got three hits each from DeMott, Chance Pitts and Carter Jones. Sam Heath, Tyler Perryman and Matt Weaver each had two hits. Drew Shealy and Javaris Jackson had the others.

Pitts, Weaver and Perryman all had doubles.

Also in the region on Friday, Valdosta defeated Coffee 4-3, and Lowndes won over Houston County 6-2. The Packers will meet Valdosta at home on Tuesday.

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