MOULTRIE – The Colquitt County softball team honored its eight seniors on Tuesday at Lady Packer Field before defeating visiting Cook High 5-4.
The victory over the Lady Hornets, coupled with run-rule shutout of Worth County the night before, won’t help the Lady Packers reach any of their playoff-related goals.
But victories did put them closer to producing the first 20-win season in school history.
Now 18-5, the Colquitt girls are one win away from the school-record of 19 wins, turned in by the 2013 team.
They could get the school record and secure better playoff seeding on Thursday and Saturday.
Colquitt faces a key Region 1-7A doubleheader against Tift County beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday at Lady Packer Field.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, the Lady Packers will play host to Camden County in the makeup of a region game called off by bad weather.
After honoring seniors Chloe Gould, Brooke Durrence, Kelsey Patel, Callie Faircloth, Abeny Thomas, Marlie Wingate, Sarah Harrell and manager Abby Allegood, the Lady Packers scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Colquitt held the 2-0 lead until the top of the fifth when Cook erupted for all four of its runs.
But the Lady Packers came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead and added another in the bottom of sixth.
Coach Chance Pitts turned the lead over to freshman right-hander Emily Allegood, who blanked Cook over the final two innings.
She did not allow a hit and struck out three.
And Allegood added a home run to make the victory that much sweeter.
All four Cook runs were charged to Colquitt starter Kyla Morris, but they were all unearned.
She surrendered five hits while striking out one and walking one.
Wingate had a productive game at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Faircloth had a pair of doubles and Abby Plymel chipped in a pair of singled.
Patel had a hit and drove in two runs.
On Monday, the Lady Packers needed just 3 1/2 innings to put away Worth County.
In three innings, they banged out six hits, took advantage of 10 walks and two Lady Ram errors to score five runs in the first inning and seven more in the third.
Colquitt sent 10 batters to the plate in the first and 12 in the third and were never threatened.
Faircloth had a single and a double and drove in three runs to lead the offense.
Abby Plymel and Wingate each had a double and drove in a pair of runs.
Katlynn Powers and Durrence had the other hits and Harrell walked three times.
Jade Horne pitched the first three innings and gave up two hits and struck out three.
Emily Allegood pitched the fourth and after striking out the first two batters, she gave up a hit and a walk. An infield error loaded the bases.
But she struck out the final two batters to keep the run-rule and the shutout in effect.
Pitts spoke briefly of the seniors who are on the cusp of participating in what could be a historic Colquitt County fast-pitch softball season:
Chloe Gould: “She’s a speedster and being a left-handed batter helps even more at the plate. And she’s an awesome kid.:
Brooke Durrence: “She’s one of hardest working kids I’ve ever coached.”
Kelsey Patel: She’s been a mainstay for us. She’s been on the varsity four years and started the last three at second base and shortstop.” Pitts said Patel will continue her career at ABAC.
Callie Faircloth: “She’s a utility outfielder with a cannon for an arm. She’s thrown out several runners for us.” Pitts said Faircloth will go to Georgia Military College to continue her softball career.
Abeny Thomas: “She’s been a leader for us, a real coach’s player. She’s a hard worker and is always in the lineup for us.”
Marlie Wingate: “She’s been starting for us at first base since she was a sophomore. She’s been an awesome hitter for us this year. She leading us in home runs and is a solid defensive player.”
Sarah Harrell: “She’s our catcher and has really been a better hitter this year. And she’s done a good job at the plate.”
Abby Allegood: “She’s been our manager for two years and she does a great job behind the scenes.”