MOULTRIE -- The Colquitt County High baseball team that had 42 hits in its last three games failed to put in an appearance on Friday and Lee County took advantage for a 11-1, five-inning victory at Ike Aultman Field.
The Packers were riding a four-game winning streak when they entertained the state's No. 3-ranked team, but it was quickly apparent it would be the Trojans night.
Lee County scored three in the first inning to give starter Gray Jones all the runs he would need.
Jones gave up just one hit, a second-inning Thomas Tripp homer and struck out eight Packers.
The Trojans had just seven hits, but benefited from seven walks and three hit batsmen to raise their record to 14-2 overall.
"You can't give a good baseball team like that that many free passes," Packers coach Jerry Croft said. "They are a good enough team already. They don't need any help.
With Lowndes losing 7-6 at Tift County on Friday, Lee County sits alone atop the Region 1-AAAAA standings with a 2-0 record.
It was the Trojans 10th straight region victory dating back to last season.
Coffee, which defeated Valdosta 10-4, joins Lowndes, Colquitt County and Tift County at 1-1. Valdosta is 0-2.
Jones, the Lee County right-hander, used a variety of pitches, but his sweeping curve ball left the Packers frustrated all evening.
Tripp homered and walked, but the only other Packers to reach were Cody Turpen, who also drew a walk, and Mike Mobley, who was hit by a ptich.
"I was really disappointed that we didn't show more discipline at the plate," Croft said.
Lee County coach Rob Williams praised his team for doing just that.
"We did a good job of being disciplined at the plate," Williams said.
"And Gray is throwing the ball well now. He is hitting his spots with all four pitches."
Lee County needed eight innings to subdue Tift County on Tuesday, but got to Packers starter Sherard Reynolds quickly.
Reynolds, who has been bothered for several weeks by a strained rotator cuff in his right shoulder, walked Justin Hall to open the game.
Jack Stripling and Buster Posey followed with singles, and a wild pitch, a ground out and sacrifice fly made it 3-0 in the first inning.
Tripp homered to straightaway center with one out in the second, but the Packers never got the ball out of the infield again.
Lee got two more in the third to go up 5-1.
And after hitting a batter, giving up a walk and two singles to start the fourth, Reynolds was lifted in favor of Blake Williams.
Williams was charged with two runs and retired just one batter before Brandon Smith came on to get the final two outs with Lee County up 10-1.
An unearned run off Smith in the top of the fifth gave Lee County the 10-run lead it needed, and Jones struck out the final two batters in the bottom of the inning to put the mercy-rule into effect.
The game was the second in which Colquitt has been held to just one hit and has been mercy-ruled. Madison County defeated the Packers 16-1 in Valdosta last month.
The Packers will travel to Leesburg to meet North Cobb High at noon today. Lee County and North Cobb will play at 3 p.m.
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