MOULTRIE -- The Colquitt County High baseball team's slumbering bats awoke on Saturday, pounding out 29 hits as the Packers beat Shiloh 14-10 and McIntosh 12-11 at Ike Aultman Field.
Shiloh and McIntosh met in the middle game of the triple-dip, with the Generals taking a 5-4 victory.
The Packers got an outstanding relief pitching performance from Blake Williams in the opener against Shiloh, then had to hold on as McIntosh scored five runs in the top of the seventh of the second game, only to come up a run short.
Colquitt trailed in the first inning in both games, but rallied for victories that raised the team's record to 7-7 with the Region 1-AAAAA opener set for Tuesday at Coffee.
The Packers found themselves down 7-0 in the first inning of the game against Shiloh, but got some unexpected performances as they rallied for a 14-10 victory.
Williams, who had pitched just 5 1/3 innings going into the game, pitched 6 1/3 innings of relief and gave up just three runs.
The junior right-hander also had three hits and drove in a pair of runs. He had been to the plate just twice in the Packers first 12 games.
And Jonathan Walker, who entered the game hitting .192, went 4-for-4 and stroked his first home run of the season.
Shiloh, from Region 8-AAAAA and Snellville, had defeated Valdosta 12-5 on Friday, ending the Wildcats four-game winning streak and dropping them to a 5-8 on the season.
And the Generals picked right up where they left off, battering Colquitt starter Will Southwell and reliever Mike Mobley for seven runs and seven hits before Williams was summoned to get the final out of the first inning.
Williams retired the first 10 batters he faced before giving up a double to Antonio Callaway, a home run to Sean Beehler and single to David Wick to open the fifth.
Wick later scored when Williams walked Jon Geiger with the bases loaded, but it was the last Generals run.
And while Williams was confidently mowing down the Generals, the Packers were mauling three Shiloh pitchers.
The Packers ended a four-game losing streak on Thursday, knocking off Walker Valley (Tenn.) 3-1 to raise their record to 5-7. But after Shiloh scored seven in the top of the first and the Packers went down in order in the bottom of the inning, a winning rally looked implausible.
But Colquitt got two back in the second when Thomas Tripp reached on an error and Walker ripped a single to right. Williams, in just his third at bat of the season, pushed a grounder past the pitcher on the right side and beat it out for an infield hit to load the bases.
Catcher Chad Smith, who had two-base hits in his last two at bats on Thursday, the doubled off the fence in left-center, narrowly missing a grand slam, but driving in the Packers first two runs of the game.
Williams scored the third run of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Sherard Reynolds.
The Packers broke the game open in the third, scoring seven times and taking the lead for good.
Southwell opened the inning with a single to left and one out later Walker got his second single.
Williams followed with a single to right to score Southwell to make it 7-4. Smith's sacrifice fly off of Shiloh reliever Thomas Erwin scored Walker to make it 7-5.
Colquitt then scored four times with two out.
Mobley was hit by a pitch, and Sam Heath singled to right driving in Williams to make it 7-6.
Sherard Reynolds then beat out an infield hit to score Mobley to tie the game. Reynolds promptly stole second.
Cody Turpen, who had grounded out his first two trips to the plate, was down 0-2 in the count before before ripping a 2-2 pitch to center field to score Heath and Reynolds to give the Packers an 9-7 lead. Southwell followed with a double to right to score Turpen and the Packers led 10-7.
Walker's homer to left leading off the fourth put the Packers up 11-7.
Shiloh pulled to within a run with its three-run fifth, but Williams shut the door the final two innings and the Generals fell to 6-7 for the season.
The Packers added one insurance run in the fifth when Reynolds doubled, stole third and scored when catcher Justin Vorherr's throw sailed into left field.
Colquitt added two more in the sixth when Walker singled, stole second and scored on Williams single. Mobley's first hit of the season drove in Williams.
The Packers pounded out 16 hits, with Walker getting four, Williams three, and Reynolds, Southwell and Smith getting two each. Turpen, Mobley and Heath had the others.
"I'm really proud of our guys for coming back and for pounding the ball," said Packers coach Jerry Croft. "And I'm extremely proud of Blake Williams. He really did a great job."
Williams credited Packers pitching coach Keith Croft with working him through the game and especially making adjustments in his delivery.
And Williams said hitting coach Marlon Daniels and teammate Will Southwell have been helping him work on his hitting.
"Whatever I can do to help the team," Williams said. "We really needed that win."
And Walker, who started much of last season in left field and hit five home runs to help lead the Packers to the state championship, needed a breakout game as well.
And he got it. The four-hit game raised his batting average from .192 to .300.
"The ball's looked about the size of a grapefruit for about a month," Walker said. "I just hadn't been able to do anything with it."
McIntosh is not likely to want to visit Moultrie again anytime soon.
The Chiefs were eliminated in the second round of the state playoffs last spring by the Packers in a three-game series at Ike Aultman Field.
Losing to both Shiloh and the Packers again on Saturday leaves the Chiefs 1-4 in their last two trips to Colquitt County.
But the Chiefs started and ended strong against the Packers on Saturday.
McIntosh chased Colquitt County starter Chad Smith by scoring three runs in the top of the first, including two on a home run by Trevor Pippin with Tyson Sandlin aboard.
After Brett Boron followed with a double, Dustin Hirshfeld's single made it 3-0.
Jonathan Walker came in to retire the side and held McIntosh scoreless over the next three innings.
The Packers matched the Chiefs three runs with three of their own in the bottom of the first.
Reynolds opened the game with a triple to center and scored on a ground out by Will Southwell.
Thomas Tripp later singled in Turpen, who had walked. Tripp scored on a delayed double steal.
McIntosh scored three in the top of the fifth off Walker to regain the lead. Brendan Hall had a big two-out, two-run single in the inning.
But the Packers answered with five in the bottom of the inning.
The Packers extended the lead to 12-6 with a four-run sixth. The big blow was a three-run home run by Chad Smith, his second of the year.
But what proved to be the winning run scored later in the inning on a double play hit into by Mike Mobley.
The throw from second baseman Joe Pero to first in an attempt to complete the double play struck runner J.Cody Neal. The umpires ruled Neal interfered with the throw and called Mobley out.
But Brandon Smith, who had earlier reached on an error, scored on the play.
That run proved critical when McIntosh scored five times in the top of the seventh.
Pero had a three-run homer in the inning, and Pippin added an RBI double, his third hit of the game.
But with Pippin representing the tying run on second, Brandon Smith got Boron to ground out to end the game.
This Week's Circulars
MOULTRIE, GA.- Amarylis Blender Abercrombie Jordan, 76, of Moultrie, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at her home. Cobb Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. Please sign the online guestbook at www.cobbfuneralchapel.com.
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.
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