MOULTRIE -- With her first varsity victory under her belt, Colquitt County head softball coach Tara Fowler now has her sights set on that first Region 1-AAAAA win.

And she could get it today when the Lady Packers play host to Tift County at 5:45 p.m. today at the Jim Buck Goff Recreation Complex.

The junior varsity game begins at 4:30 p.m.

Colquitt County started its fourth season of fast-pitch softball last Tuesday with an 8-1 loss, a game in which defending region champion Lowndes won its 52nd straight league game.

But the Lady Packers bounced back on Thursday and drilled Worth County 12-1.

"We did the things necessary to win," Fowler said of the victory over the Lady Rams. "They needed some confidence. And it was good to beat them in five (innings). That was one of our goals. I wish we had played them first."

That was the way the game was originally scheduled. But the Aug. 12 season-opener against Worth was rained out, forcing the Lady Packers to meet Lowndes in the first game.

Fowler likes her first varsity team, which includes just two seniors.

"We have it," she said. "We just have to put it together. Hitting is our weakest spot. Defense will be fine."

The Lady Packers made five errors against Lowndes.

"That's not acceptable," Fowler said, bu added that opening-game jitters may have accounted for some of the poor play afield.

The Lady Packer offense also may continue to improve with the addition of Ashley Stafford, an all-region catcher last year who is now playing shortstop.

Stafford missed the opener with a broken wrist, but was able to get back in the lineup against Worth.

"Everybody feels better with Ashley in there," Fowler said. "We've got to get her back to 100 percent."

The Lady Packers banged out 10 hits against the Lady Rams, including three by Morgan Jones and two each by Leigh Norman and Sam Burnett.

But Colquitt will face a tough pitcher today in Tift County junior Janna Shiver

"She's a hard one to beat," Fowler said.

In her third year as the head coach, Ivey Vickers has led the Lady Devils to a 1-0 record.

Tift County opened with a 2-1 victory over Lee County, scoring the winning run on a bases-loaded walk.

Vickers and the other veteran Lady Devils undoubtedly remember their last trip to Moultrie.

The Lady Packers beat Tift County 3-2 on a two-out, two-run double by Renee Huckaby in the bottom of the seventh inning.

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