MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County baseball team received a strong outing from sophomore right-hander Jacob Coots, but could manage just one hit itself and dropped a 2-0 decision to Jeff Davis High on Wednesday in Hazlehurst.
The loss was the seventh in a row for the 1-10 Packers who will return to Ike Aultman Field on Friday for a 7 p.m. Region 1-AAAAAA game against Valdosta.
The current streak started with a 12-2 loss at Valdosta back on March 3.
Packers coach Tony Kirkland went with a young starting lineup that also included sophomore third baseman Buck Blalock, who had the Packers only hit.
“We were over-matched at the plate,” Kirkland said. “Their sophomore hit 90 and was between 86 and 88 all night.”
The Packers struck out seven times.
Coots went six innings, walked just one and struck out two.
He gave up just seven hits, but two were solo home runs.
Unlike in Tuesday’s 5-1 loss in which the Packers made three errors that led to five unearned runs, Colquitt made just two errors and neither figured in the scoring.
“We lost, but we were respectable,” Kirkland said. “We are trying to build every time we go out there.”
After being blanked by the Region 2-AA Yellow Jackets, who have now won seven in a row, the Packers have scored just three runs in their last five games, just eight during the losing streak and have scored as many as four just twice this season.
The Packers will try will try to begin clawing their way back into the Region 1-AAAAAAA race on Friday in the second of their three region meetings with the Wildcats.
There is currently a three-way tie atop the region with Lee County, Valdosta and Tift County all at 3-1. Lowndes is 1-3 and the Packers 0-4.
Also in the region on Friday, Lowndes will travel to Tift County.
The Packers will play host to Deerfield Beach (Fla.) on Monday and will go to Cook on Tuesday before resuming region play at Tift County on March 27.