MOULTRIE -- Jerry Croft has been the baseball coach at Colquitt County High School for 29 years and says he cannot remember any of his teams having played three straight extra inning games.
His 2005 Packers have not only played three eight-inning games in a row, they have won all three, including a 9-7 thriller over Brantley County on Friday at Valdosta High in the Wildcat Invitational.
Brantley scored four times in the bottom of the seventh to send the Packers to an eighth inning for the third time in a week.
But in the top of the eighth, Chad Smith drew a leadoff walk and James Trimble went in to run for him.
Trimble moved to second when J.Cody Neal also walked and scored the eventual game-winner on a single by sophomore Andrew Wallace.
Neal scored an insurance run on a double steal and senior Mike Mobley held the Herons scoreless in the bottom of the eighth as the Packers raised their record to 5-0.
Colquitt meets Leon High of Tallahassee at 2 p.m. today at Lowndes High in its final game of the Wildcat Invitational.
The Packers won their first two games of the season 17-7 over Fitzgerald and 15-11 over Worth County, but have had to go to free baseball to take the last three games.
Last Friday, Sam Heath stole third and scored on the catcher's throwing error to give the Packers a 4-3 eight-inning win over Cook High in the final game of the Dairy Queen Classic in Adel.
On Wednesday, an infield single by Carter Jones in the eighth inning gave the Packers a 2-1 win over Lincoln High of Tallahassee.
The Packers appeared to be headed to a seven-inning victory before Brantley scored four runs off starter Blake Williams and reliever Brandon Smith in the bottom of the seventh.
Mobley was able to retire the side in the seventh and got the win when he got the final Brantley County batter to look at a called third strike to end the game in eighth.
Williams gave up five earned runs, eight hits and struck out six in 6 1/3 innings. Brandon Smith gave up the tying run and a hit in 1/3 of an inning.
Mobley finished up, giving up no runs and two hits. He got the last in both the seventh and eighth innings and the win raised his record to 2-0 on the season.
"They hit the ball well," Croft said of Brantley County, which plays in Region 2-AA. "They came out smoking in the seventh and got back-to-back doubles. They hit some ropes."
The Packers got a big night from third baseman Scotty DeMott, who went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in. Sherard Reynolds continue his impressive work at the plate with two hits. Mobley, Jones, Wallace and Brandon Smith had the others.
Croft called Wallace "a surprising hero." The hit was the pitcher/outfielder's first as a varsity Packer.
Croft also said that every season seems to bring something new and this year he has seen one of his teams win three straight extra inning games for the first time.
"To the best of my memory, we've never played three straight extra inning games, much less won three straight," said Croft, who began coaching the Packers in 1977.
The Packers will play their first game of 2005 at Ike Aultman Field at 4:30 p.m. Monday against Clarke-Central.
This Week's Circulars
MOULTRIE [mdash] Union Morris, 66, of Moultrie, died Friday, April 9, 2021 at Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
NORMAN PARK [mdash] Antonia Razo Gonzalez, 88, of Norman Park, died Saturday, April 10,2021 at Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
MOULTRIE [mdash] Barbara Lynn Kennedy, 54, of Moultrie, died Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
NORMAN PARK [mdash] Troy Tyler, 72, of Norman Park, passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at his home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
MOULTRIE [mdash] Candido Hernandez Gonsales, 60, of Moultrie, died Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
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