MOULTRIE -- The Colquitt County girls softball team will have to wait until next week to take another crack at its first Region 1-AAAAA victory.

But the Lady Packers will get plenty of innings in between now and then.

Colquitt will play four games in the Worth County Invitational in Sylvester on Saturday.

The Lady Packers will meet Worth County, Bainbridge and Thomas County Central in the tournament. The fourth opponent will be determined by how the team does in its first three games.

Colquitt is 1-2, having defeated Worth County 12-1. The two losses have come to the top two teams in Region 1-AAAAA: Lowndes, by an 8-1 score, and Tift County, by a 5-2 margin on Tuesday in a game that was tied going into the seventh inning.

Colquitt County coach Tara Fowler is eager to get that first region victory. It could come next Thursday, when the Lady Packers travel to Douglas to meet Coffee High.

The next home game is Saturday, Sept. 4, when region newcomer Houston County will be at the Jim Buck Goff Recreation Complex for a 1 p.m. game.

Fowler said the season has been somewhat frustrating so far, especially Tuesday's loss.

The Lady Packers battled back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth, only to have Tift County score three two-out runs in the top of the seventh and hold on for the win.

"We could have hit better," Fowler said. "But we've got to give their pitcher (Janna Shiver) some credit."

Shiver struck out 14 batters, tying a Tift County record.

"It was still a good game for us," Fowler said. "They gave 110 percent. You can't ask them for more than that.

"We're close."

Fowler also has to be pleased with the junior varsity team, which has defeated two region opponents in its two games this season. The junior Lady Packers took an impressive 6-1 at Lowndes in its season-opener on Aug. 17, then took down Tift County 9-2 on Tuesday. The varsity programs of both those schools are among the best in South Georgia and Lowndes has been a state contender.

The victory over Lowndes was a confidence-builder, Fowler said.

"It's exciting to know the JV can do that," said Fowler, who, along with assistant coach Amy Chason, coaches both the varsity and JV teams. "They're getting the job done. They're just doing what it takes. And they are doing very well at getting the bunt down."

The junior varsity team includes three sophomores, 11 freshman and one eighth-grader, catcher Maggie Davidson.

Freshman Tiffany Troupe had the big hit against Tift County on Tuesday, Fowler said.

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