MOULTRIE -- Lowndes High won the Region 1-AAAAA championship on Friday with a come-from-way-behind victory over Valdosta and Houston County appears destined to take second place and also host a first-round state playoff series.
But the other two playoff berths are still up in the air and could be decided when Coffee High visits Ike Aultman Field on Friday to meet Colquitt County in the region finale for both teams.
The Vikings, now 16-5 and ranked No. 3 in the state fell behind 6-0 to Valdosta at Noel George Field on Friday, but rallied for a title-clinching 10-8 victory.
Jon Michael Redding relieved Brandon Waller in the first inning and went the rest of the way for Vikings, picking up the win and chipping in a single that gave Lowndes the lead in the fifth inning.
Lowndes qualified for the state playoffs last year, but was eliminated in the first round by eventual state runner-up East Coweta.
The Vikings host Colquitt on Tuesday and finish the region season at Tift County on Friday.
Valdosta was eliminated from playoff contention with the loss, which dropped the Wildcats to 1-7in league play.
Houston County scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth to beat Colquitt County 2-1 on Friday in Warner Robins. The victory raised the Bears region record to 6-2, with its only losses coming to Lowndes. Houston is now 20-3 overall. Its only other loss was to Peach County.
Houston still has to go to Coffee and Valdosta to complete its region season, but is assured a playoff berth and is likely to play host to a first-round series when the postseason begins on May 13.
The Bears have reached the 20-win plateau for the second year in a row despite having a new coach each season.
Houston advanced to the second round of playoffs last year before being eliminated by Lee County, the team it replaced in Region 1-AAAAA this season.
Coffee, Colquitt County and Tift County are still trying to grab one of the final two slots.
The Trojans have bounced back from a 1-3 start in the region to win three of their last four, including a 10-5 victory over Tift County at home on Friday. Coffee, now 4-4 in the region and sitting in third place, scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game away.
Colquitt County had a chance to win and put some distance between itself and Tift County (2-6), but could not push another run across after getting its only score in the first inning. The Packers, now 4-5 in the region, have been outscored 6-1 in the two games against Houston County and none of the six runs the Bears scored in the two games were earned.
Colquitt also has dropped a 5-3, 10-inning decision to Lowndes. The Vikings first three runs in that game were unearned.
Coffee and Colquitt County face tough matchups on Tuesday. The Trojans are home against Houston County, a team they fell to 13-3 back on April 12. The Packers will travel to Lowndes.
After beating Colquitt County 6-3 on Saturday, April 23, Tift County has been blanked 10-0 by Houston and fallen 10-5 to Coffee.
The Blue Devils are 2-6 in the region. They travel to Valdosta on Tuesday and finish at home against Lowndes on Friday.
Colquitt County will travel to Bainbridge for a non-region game at 6 p.m. Monday. The Packers are likely to send out Mike Mobley to face Lowndes on Tuesday and will use Sherard Reynolds against Coffee on Friday.
Reynolds, the Packers senior right-hander, dropped to 4-3 on Friday, but also saw his ERA fall to a 1.61.