TIFTON, Ga. — After starting the season with 11 straight wins and earning a No. 4 ranking in the state, the Colquitt County softball team dropped back-to-back games this week before taking the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader at Tift County.
Coming off the doubleheader sweep of Region 1-7A rival Lowndes at Packer Park last Thursday, Chance Pitts’s club went to Coffee High and gave up seven sixth-inning runs to fall to the Trojans 7-5.
That ended the 11-game winning streak to start the season, which is by far the longest such streak to start a season in program history and perhaps the longest string of wins period.
The sixth inning bit the Lady Packers again on Thursday in the first game of its Region 1-7A doubleheader against the Lady Devils.
Trailing 5-4, the Tift County girls scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth and blanked the Lady Packers in the top of the seventh to take a 7-5 victory.
The Lady Packers rebounded in the second game, blanking their hosts 11-0 to raise their overall record to 12-2 and their Region 1-7A record to 4-1.
Emily Allegood was the losing pitcher for the Lady Packers in Game 1.
She, Abby Plymel and Kelsey Patel each had two hits.
Plymel’s bat continued to be hot in Game 2 as she went 4-for-4 and scored three runs.
Jade Horne got the win in the circle, giving up just three hits over six innings.
The Lady Devils are coached by former Colquitt County assistant Taylor Barber.
In Douglas on Tuesday, Colquitt and Coffee each had eight hits Tuesday, but Colquitt was hurt most by four errors.
The Packers led 1-0 after three innings, 2-0 at the end of four frames and scored three runs in the top of the fifth for the 5-0 advantage.
Most of Colquitt’s hitting belonged to three players: Allegood led the visiting team with three hits. Plymel and Sarah Harrell each had two.
Kyla Morris pitched five innings for Pitts with six strikeouts.
Colquitt County JV softball was also in action Tuesday at Cairo High. Both games ended in Packer shutout wins 14-0 and 9-0.
The JV Lady Packers are now 7-3.