MOULTRIE – Inclement weather has been as much the story of the 2019 Colquitt County High softball season as the unprecedented start by the Packers.
Due to the cumulative length of severe weather delays late in Game 1 of Colquitt’s first Region 1-7A doubleheader Thursday at Packer Park, the contest was officially declared over just after 7:30 p.m. The Packers won over Camden County 3-2 even though Camden had baserunners in scoring position in the top of the seventh inning. That turn, however, is when the lightning and rain showed up and pulled players off the field two times.
Athletic director Greg Tillery said they were waiting until close to 8:30 to start Game 2. That would happen, he said, with no further lightning in the area.
Freshman Emily Allegood was Game 1’s winning pitcher, and it was her third win so far as the Packers improved to 5-0 overall. She, in six innings, allowed three hits, one being a solo home run by fellow pitcher Amber Griffin. Allegood walked two and struck out four.
Katlynn Powers, starting in left field, had two hits in her first two plate appearances, and both safeties were on the first delivery by Camden’s starter Madi Riggins.
With one out in the bottom of the first, Powers doubled to the left-center gap. She scored when Camden tried to keep her from advancing on a wild pitch.
The Wildcats from Kingsland also scored on wild pitch, this in the top of the second. Kourtney Whitten led off with a single and was on second base from the bunt by Jada Nixon. That was the second out, but then Allegood walked a batter and threw to wild pitches to allow the run.
Allegood got out of the frame on a called third strike. That’s also how she fanned the side in the fourth inning.
Chloe Gould and Madison Plymel drew walks to start the home third. Lead-off batter Abeny Thomas executed her sacrifice, and Powers bashed the two-run go-ahead single.
Griffin homered to dead-center with one out in the top of the sixth. Plymel, the catcher, dove to catch a short pop by the following Wildcat hitter.
The game was official after five complete and Colquitt leading; only the six completed innings counted.
Allegood’s second win of the season happened Tuesday at Thomas County-Central. The Packers won 4-1 after a weather delay of nearly an hour. The freshman gave up three hits and fanned three.
Sarah Harrell paced the offense Tuesday with two hits and one RBI.