MOULTRIE -- The Colquitt County High baseball team won another game that failed to go the normal seven innings, but also turned in an uncharacteristically distracted outing in a doubleheader split with McEachern on Saturday at Ike Aultman Field.
The Packers won the first game 6-2 when the game was called in the bottom of the fifth after a one-hour lightning delay.
In the second game, the Packers did not look like the No. 1 team in the state or the No. 22 team in the nation by committing six errors in a 7-3 loss to the Indians.
The second-game loss cost Colquitt a chance to sweep its third straight doubleheader and dropped the Packers to 9-2 on the season.
And the three runs were the fewest Colquitt has scored since its only other defeat, a 4-3 loss to Thomasville on March 13.
The Packers had won seven in a row before McEachern freshman Kyle Green allowed them just five hits over the first six-plus innings.
Senior Adam McDaniel got the final three outs, including the last two after the Packers loaded the bases.
The victory ended a three-game losing streak for the Indians and raised their record to 5-7.
The Packers won the first game behind the strong pitching of Thomas Tripp and five runs batted in from Brian Gay.
Tripp raised his record to 2-0 by allowing the Indians just one hit and two unearned runs over five innings.
In the bottom of the fifth, after Max DeMott doubled and Aaron Eubanks struck out with the Packers leading 6-2, the lightning detector on the press box sounded and the teams were pulled from the field.
Georgia High School Association rules state that fora game to be terminated "due to weather, unplayable conditions or mechanical malfunctions, the umpires may halt play for up to one hour when conditions do not allow play to continue." It also states the game must be terminated when the one-hour time has elapsed.
After an hour, the game was declared official since it had already gone 4 1/2 innings and the Packers had the victory.
The lightning detector sounded the all-clear just four minutes later.
The Packers got eight hits in the first game, including two big ones by Gay.
The senior left fielder rifled a two-run double to right in the second inning to the give the Packers a 3-0 lead.
After McEachern scored two unearned runs off Tripp in the third to pull to within a run, Gay went back to work in the bottom of the fourth.
Cody Green and Lee Henry led off the inning with infield hits. Gay then hit his second home run of the season far over the left field fence.
He finished the game with all five of his team's runs batted in. Green and Isaac Jackson also had two hits in the game. DeMott and Henry had the others.
Tripp was the beneficiary of Gay's offensive outburst, winning his second game of the season and could have had his first shutout.
The junior right-hander struck out six and walked just two in five innings. Only a pair of errors after he gave up his only hit -- a two-out single by Corey Newsome in the third -- allowed the Indians to score.
McEachern jumped on Cody Green in the second game, scoring a single run in the first and four more in the second to take a 5-2 lead after two innings.
Green was not sharp -- he gave up six hits and walked two in just two innings -- but he may have deserved a better fate.
His teammates committed three of their six errors behind him and only one of the five runs he surrendered was earned.
Sherard Reynolds gave up the other two runs in a 3 1/3-inning relief stint and only one of those was earned.
Jackson took his first turn on the mound and retired all five batters he faced, striking out three and not allowing a ball out of the infield.
The Packers got a two-out, two-run double from Max DeMott in the first inning, but their only other run came on a fourth-inning home run by Henry, his first of the season.
Colquitt managed just five hits in the second game: one each from DeMott, Henry, Cody Turpen, Brandon Connell and Johnathan Walker.
The Packers open Region 1-AAAAA play on Tuesday when they play host to No. 5-ranked Coffee High at 6 p.m. at Ike Aultman Field.
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