MOULTRIE - When someone remarked to Colquitt County baseball coach Jerry Croft that it appears as if his team needs to pick up its hitting, the veteran coach disagreed.
"We've had 17 hits in the last two games," Croft said Monday as the Packers prepared to play host to Lee County at 6 p.m. today at Ike Aultman Field.
"Getting hits has not been the problem. We need to score some runs."
The Packers, who were ranked No. 3 in the state early last week, have lost three games in a row since a 13-0 victory over Lowndes last Tuesday.
In those losses, the Packers have scored seven runs.
But the lack of production is not necessarily indicative of poor hitting, Croft said, as much as hitting the ball either at the wrong time or in the wrong place.
The Packers last four home runs have all be solos, including two in the 4-2 Region 1-AAAAA loss to Coffee on Friday in Douglas.
Colquitt also had at least four "seeds," as Croft calls them, that ended up as outs, including one that he termed a rocket hit by Aaron Eubanks right to the Coffee first baseman who was holding a runner and turned it into a double play.
The Packers would like nothing better than to unleash the kind of offensive outburst it used to humble Lowndes last Tuesday.
They may need it against Lee County.
Although Colquitt has defeated Lee 4-3 and 6-0 already this season in Leesburg, the Trojans bring a four-game winning streak into the game and are in a three-way tie for first place with the Colquitt County and Coffee.
"They've been playing very good lately," Croft said.
Victories in this week's two region games, which include a rematch with Valdosta in Bazemore Field at 7 p.m. Friday, would have the Packers in excellent position for clinching a region playoff spot.
But Croft and the Packers are aiming higher than that.
"We told our players we need to run the table," said Croft of the remaining four region games, which also include games against Tift County and Lowndes next week.
"That's what we've challenged them to do."
Colquitt will turn to its ace tonight. Aaron Eubanks will be seeking his sixth victory of the season when goes up against the Trojans.
The senior left-hander is 5-1 with a 2.12 ERA. Eubanks has struck out 66 batters in 36 1/3 innings this season and fanned 12 Lowndes batters in five innings in last Tuesday's victory.