MOULTRIE -- Colquitt County's Sherard Reynolds threw a four-hitter and the Packers took advantage of several key errors to shut out Valdosta 4-0 on Tuesday in their Region 1-AAAAA opener at Bazemore Field.
The victory raised the Packers record to 10-1 overall as they prepare for today's 6 p.m. non-region meeting with North Gwinnett at Ike Aultman Field.
The loss drops Valdosta to 0-2, and the Wildcats defense had to take much of the blame.
The Packers scored three runs in the top of the second.
Carter Jones opened the inning with a base hit and one out later, Andrew Wallace got a single.
Sam Heath drove in Jones with a base hit, but the other two runs scored on an error and a fielder's choice.
Colquitt added an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Marshall Faircloth singled, stole second and, with two outs, scored on another Valdosta infield error.
But the run driven by Heath in the second was all the Packers needed.
Reynolds, who raised his record to 4-0 and lowered his already miniscule 0.95 ERA even further, scattered four hits and struck out 10.
"He was pretty much in command the whole game," Packers coach Jerry Croft said.
The Wildcats loaded the bases just one time, but Reynolds got out of that one-out, third-inning jam with a strikeout and a ground out.
"That was the only inning he was in trouble," Croft said. "All his pitches were working. And he didn't pitch behind in the count much."
Heath led the Packers six-hit attack with a pair of singles. Faircloth, Wallace, Jones and J.Cody Neal had the others.
The Packers also have home region games against Houston County at 7 p.m. Friday and against Tift County at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Also in Valdosta on Tuesday, Lowndes scored 11 runs in the first inning and went on to win 15-0 in four innings over Coffee.
The Vikings are now 2-0. The Trojans, who beat Valdosta 4-3 in 10 innings on Saturday, fall to 1-1.
This Week's Circulars
Edith L. King, 100, of Moultrie, passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at Pruitt Health-Sunrise Nursing Home. Cobb Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. Please sign the online guestbook at www.cobbfuneralchapel.com.
Feliciano Reyes Guzman, 56, of Moultrie, passed away Monday, October 11, 2021, at Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Arrangments have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
Teresa Lynn "TT" Taylor Leija, 62 of Lenox, Ga, died Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
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