MOULTRIE -- It was Senior Night at Ike Aultman Field on Thursday so perhaps it was fitting that a Lady Packer winding down her career would come up with a game-winning hit.
Renee Huckaby, who was honored with the other five seniors before the game, ripped a two-out, two-run double over the head of Tift County right fielder Amanda Young in the bottom of the seventh to give the Lady Packers a 3-2 victory.
The win was just the second in seven region games for the Lady Packers and raised their overall record to 7-15.
So it was doubly delicious for the Colquitt girls, who were shut out by the Lady Devils 6-0 on Sept. 4.
Colquitt had just three hits in that game and had only four off Tift County starter Jennifer Cone heading into the bottom of the seventh on Thursday.
But with her team trailing 2-1, senior Lynn Hart led off the inning by blooping a single to center, her second hit of the game.
She was forced at second by Nikki Kistler, who in turn was forced by Jessica Sealy.
But down to their last out, the Lady Packers rallied on their two hardest hit balls of the night.
After Sealy went to second on a wild pitch, Ashley Stafford ripped a single to right.
As Young threw to first, trying to get Stafford, Sealy rounded wide at third.
When Tift County first baseman Janna Shiver attempted to get Sealy at third, Stafford moved to second to put the tying and winning runs in scoring position.
But even if Stafford had remained at first, she would have scored easily when Huckaby lined a shot that one-hopped the fence in right.
"That was the adrenaline going," Lady Packers coach Joey Thomas said of Huckaby's hit. "She really came through for us.
"Everybody came through in big situations. I guess we picked the right night for it."
All six of the seniors -- Huckaby, Kistler, Hart, Kelli Wallace, Katy Lewis and Kelli Oliver -- played roles in the victory.
Kistler reached base three times with the fielders' choice and two walks. Wallace had a solid single in the sixth. Lewis reached on an error and singled in the fifth.
And Oliver, who had an infield hit in the second, allowed just four hits to the Lady Devils, and none after Sam Wright's bloop single in the fourth that gave Tift County a 2-0 lead.
Colquitt got one of those runs back in the sixth when Huckby reached on a error and scored on a wild pitch.
The Lady Packers had a chance to take the lead when they loaded the bases with one out in the third, but did not score.
Tift took the lead in the fourth, but was unable to score before or after and left eight runners stranded.
It was a particularly tough loss for the Lady Devils, who fall to 5-3 in the region.
Tift County recently took Lowndes, which is undefeated in the region, to eight innings before losing 1-0.
Colquitt will be back home on Tuesday to take on the Vikettes.
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