The Colquitt County softball team got back into the race for a state playoff berth by sweeping a Region 1-AAAAAA doubleheader over Valdosta on the road on Tuesday.
With the 9-0 and 12-4 victories, the Lady Packers raise their record to 9-10 overall and 3-3 in the region. Colquitt has won four of its last five.
Ainsley Davis pitched a five-inning shutout in the first game, allowing just four hits and striking out six.
The Lady Packers scored two runs in the first on a sacrifice fly by Cheyenne Tillman and a single by Cheyenne Sumner.
Sumner and Kayla Bynum drove in runs in a the three-run third inning.
Colquitt put the game away with a four-run fourth that was highlighted by hits from Diana Durham, Taylor Owens and Shelby Rakestraw and a double by Tillman.Owens, Tillman and Rakestraw drove in runs in the inning.
The Lady Packers also scored two runs in the first inning of the second game, including one driven in by Tillman on a fielder’s choice.
Kasie Ricks had an RBI triple to score Hannah Sprayberry to put the Lady Packers up 3-1 in the second inning. Colquitt upped its lead to 6-2 with a three-run third. Amber Kling had a two-run single in the inning.
In the fourth, Colquitt scored five runs with Owens contributing a single and Davis and Sumner getting doubles.
Owens scored three times in the game. Ricks had a triple; Davis and Sumner had doubles; and Owens, Tillman and Kling had singles.
Tillman pitched the second game and allowed three hits.
“We took advantage of our base runners today,” coach Carman Phillips said..
“I hope we’re hitting our stride. There is still a lot of softball to be played.
In Tifton on Tuesday, the Colquitt County middle school Black team swept, winning the first game 12-3 and taking the nightcap 13-4. They are now 6-3.
Harlie Phillips pitched the opener and gave up five hits and struck out three in five innings.
Phillips had two singles; Sydnee Dalton had a double; and Mary Logan Tostenson an Ashleigh Spradley each had one hit.
Colquitt won the second game in just three innings.
Dakota Baker pitched all three innings, giving up six hits and striking out four.
Kallie Gay had a triple and a double; Baker and Taylor Kight had two singles; Daylynn Dell had a triple; Dalton had a double and Tostenson and Gracie Frazier had singles.