MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County softball team continues to struggle offensively, managing just one hit on Tuesday in a five-inning, 8-0 loss to Lowndes in a Region 1-AAAAA game at Packer Park.

The Lady Packers are trying to improve their seeding for next week’s region tournament in Cordele, but are now 2-3 with games against Coffee on Thursday and Warner Robins on Saturday remaining.

Lowndes, which raised its record to 5-2 in the region, has clinched the No. 3 seed behind region-leading Houston County and No. 2 Northside.

The Lady Packers did not hit well in tournament at Lowndes last weekend and one of its losses came by a 7-0 score to the Vikettes in their final game on Saturday.

The Vikettes scored two in the first, one in the second and five more in the third and, combined with excellent pitching from sophomore Ashley Chapman, were able to get a mercy-rule win.

The Lady Packers only hit was a one-out double down the line in left by Meagan May in the fourth inning.

Otherwise, the Colquitt County girls struck out six times and had just two other balls out of the infield.

“Our confidence just isn’t there like it was early in the season,” coach Carman Phillips said of her team’s hitting woes.

“We’ve really got to step up.”

Phillips said he is considering making some changes in the lineup for Thursday’s 5 p.m. Senior Night game against Coffee.

“Maybe shaking things up will get them in a better frame of mind,” Phillips said. “I told them, ‘We could be done next week. And you are all too good to be done.’”

The Lady Packers are now 14-8-1, but have won just one of their last five.

Lowndes scored all eight runs off Colquitt County starter Christy Harper.

The Vikettes got two in the first when Alli Coulter drew a leadoff walk, went to second on a one-out single by Kaylin McCoy and scored on a single by Lauren Burns. Brittany Britt’s sacrifice fly scored McCoy to make it 2-0.

Lowndes scored a single run in the second when a slap hit by Megan Rewis rolled all the way to the fence in right and she legged it into a home run.

A double by Burns, a single by Keri Tompkins and two-run triple by Rewis were the big hits in the five-run Lowndes third.

Rewis had the two hits and drove in three. Burns also had two hits and drove in two.

Hannah Hancock pitched the final two innings for Colquitt County. She gave up no runs and just one hit while walking two and striking out two.

Lowndes coach Alex Gray was obviously pleased with his tean’s pitching.

“All year long, our pitching has put us in a position to win,” Gray said. “And now we’re working on playing complete games, getting good hitting, pitching and defense.

“I think we are in a good spot now.”

The Region 1-AAAAA tournament will run Tuesday through Thursday in Cordele.

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