VALDOSTA — Valdosta took advantage of 11 bases on balls and got a walk-off grand slam by Brennan Goodson in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 12-2 victory over Colquitt County on Tuesday at Wright Bazemore Field.
The Packers, who fall to 1-4 in their Region 1-AAAAAA opener, managed just one hit, a single by Houston Massey in the first inning.
The Packers have struggled mightily in their first five games.
Tuesday’s game marked the second time the Packers have issued 11 bases on balls in a game and they walked 35 in their five games.
They took a team batting average of .222 to Valdosta.
Colquitt lost its first three games before getting a run in the eighth inning last Friday to defeat Columbia High of Live Oak, Fla., 4-3.
The game on Tuesday got away quickly from the Packers when starter Beau Dalton managed to retire just one batter while giving up a double and walking four.
Wheeler Hunnicutt got a double play started by Massey at shortstop to finally end the first.
The Wildcats were held scoreless in the second, third and fourth innings, but added to their 6-2 by scoring a pair of runs in bottom of the fifth before Colquitt County walked the bases loaded and Goodson unloaded them.
Dalton, Hunnicutt and Austin Singletary combined to give up just six hits, but, combined with the free passes, they were enough to send the Wildcats to their fourth straight win to open the season.
The Packers will return to Ike Aultman Field at 5:45 p.m today to play host to Berrien High in a game originally scheduled for Thursday. The game was moved because of the threat of bad weather on Thursday.
Packers coach Tony Kirkland said he planned to use a similar lineup against the Rebels.
“But we’ve got to make some changes,” Kirkland. “We’ve got to decide whether we can win with these guys. We’ve got to find the right mix.”
The Packers also are scheduled for another non-region game on Friday when they travel to Chiles High in Tallahassee to meet Hoover High in Alabama. The next region game is Tuesday at home against Tift County.