8th-grade baseball team to open tournament Monday at Packer Park

Mar. 16—MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County eighth-grade baseball team will open the Deep South Conference baseball tournament at 4 p.m. Monday against a team it defeated twice in the regular season.

The Packers are the No. 4 seed and will play host to Thomas County in the first round.

If Colquitt County can defeat the Yellow Jackets for a third time, it will play the winner of the game between top-seeded Tift County and No. 8 seed Valdosta in one semifinal at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Also on Monday, No. 2 Hahira will play host to No. 7 Pine Grove. No. 3 Coffee will play No. 6 Lowndes on Tuesday in Douglas.

The conference tournament championship game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday.

The Packers opened the season with three straight losses.

But since then, they have won nine of 11, including an 11-1 win over Coffee on Thursday at Packer Park.

Colquitt got to 3-3 on the season when it defeated Thomas County 5-1 on Feb. 15, at Packer Park.

Every Packer in the lineup that afternoon had at least one hit, with Briar Littleton, Wesley Hall and Trenton Coney chipping in two each.

Jackson Dorminey started on the mound for the Packers and gave up just one unearned run and three hits over the first five innings. He struck out four.

Chase Enfinger finished up. He did not allow a hit and struck out three more Yellow Jackets.

The two teams met again on March 12, in Thomasville, where the Packers, leading 6-4, broke loose for six runs in the top of the seventh and won 12-5.

Again, every Colquitt County starter had at least one hit.

Littleton, the Packers first baseman, had a pair of doubles and drove in two runs.

Kade Hopper had two singles and three RBIs.

Dorminey again started and went the first five innings, giving up three earned runs while striking out six.

Bradley Bryan went the final two innings and gave up the last two Thomas County runs.