MOULTRIE -- The Pack is back in the state finals.

Colquitt County got outstanding pitching performances from its two left-handed starters to defeat Fayette County 11-4 and 7-5 on Monday, sweeping their semifinal series at Ike Aultman Field.

The Packers will get a chance to duplicate the 1997 state championship when they play host to East Coweta, beginning with a doubleheader expected to be played Friday.

A third-game, if necessary, will be played Saturday. Times of those games will be announced.

East Coweta advanced to championship round with an 8-5, 5-1 doubleheader sweep of Redan on Monday in Sharpsburg.

The Packers have advanced to the Final Four four times and now have made the finals twice in the last seven years.

Fayette County, the No. 1 team from Region 4-AAAAA, was the final top seed in the tournament, but never mounted a real threat until it had two outs in the bottom of the seventh of the second game.

Thomas Tripp, pitching in relief of starter Cody Green, gave up a three-run home run to Tigers catcher Jason Hardwick to make it 7-5, but got Michael Burton to look at a called third strike to end the game.

Fayette County, which had defeated Effingham County, Eagle's Landing and South Gwinnett to reach the semifinals, finishes 27-8.

The two victories make the Packers 27-8 overall, 8-1 in the playoffs and 12-1 since May 1.

Aaron Eubanks pitched the Packers to the first-game victory, winning his 11th game of the season against just two losses.

And Cody Green pitched into the seventh inning of the nightcap before tiring and gave up just three runs, only two of which were earned.

Eubanks delivered with both his arm and his bat in Game 1.

The senior left-hander gave up four runs and seven hits and struck out seven.

But it was at the plate that he did the most damage. He went 3-for-3 with a double and a home run and drove in two.

The homer came in a six-run fifth inning that chased Georgia Tech-bound Fayette County starter Lee Hyde. The Packers sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning and got key two-out hits from Brandon Connell, Lee Henry and Johnathan Walker.

The game had been close to that point.

The Packers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on back-to-back, two-out doubles by Eubanks and Max DeMott.

Colquitt added three more in the bottom of the third to go up 4-0. DeMott had the big hit, a two-run single. Another scored on a wild pitch.

The Tigers scrapped back into the game, scoring two in the top of the fourth and another in the top of the fifth.

But all that was for naught.

Will Southwell opened the bottom of the fifth by drawing a walk. Eubanks then laced a one-ball fast ball over the center field fence and up against the green batters backdrop.

Jackson got a one-out single, but remained at first when Cody Green fanned.

Brandon Connell then ripped the next pitch down the line in right for a triple to score Jackson. Lee Henry singled, scoring Connell.

Connell went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Johnathan Walker single.

That sent Hyde, who took a 10-0 record and a sub-1.00 ERA into the game, to the bench.

The Packers added another run later in the inning on an interference call and got their 11th run in the sixth against junior Matt Lanza on a wild pitch.

Hyde was touched up for 10 runs and 10 hits. He struck out just one.

Eubanks had his third three-hit game of the playoffs. DeMott added two hits. Cody Turpen, Jackson, Connell, Henry and Walker had the others. DeMott drove in three and Eubanks two.

Colquitt took the lead in Game 2 when DeMott led off the second inning with a long home run off Tigers starter Joe Edens.

The Packers added three more in the fourth with Connell driving and Walker each driving in a run. Another scored on a balk.

The Packers lead went to 7-0 with three runs in the fifth off Fayette County reliever Dan Cooper.

Jackson drove in one run with a double, Connell singled in another and Walker's sacrifice fly drove in the Packers last run of the game.

Hyde got Fayette County back in the game with a solo homer in the sixth to make it 7-1.

A single by pinch-hitter Chase Davis off Tripp cut the Colquitt lead to 7-2 in the seventh. Two batters later, Hardwick fouled off five pitches pitches before hitting a three-run homer.

But Tripp got the final out.

The Packers had 10 hits in the first game; 11 in the second.

Connell and Eubanks had the hot bats. Eubanks was 4-for-7 with a homer and a double. Connell was 4-for-6. DeMott was 3-for-6 with a homer and a double.

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