8th-grade Packers beat Thomas County, advance to semifinal

Mar. 18—MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County eighth-grade baseball team had little trouble with Thomas County on Monday, winning 10-2 in a first-round Deep South Conference tournament game at Packer Park.

But the fourth-seeded Packers will have to travel to meet top-seeded Tift County in one semifinal game on Wednesday.

The Packers got strong pitching from Javian Daniels and Chase Enfinger in their third win of the season over the Yellow Jackets.

They might need a similar effort against the Blue Devils.

Colquitt dropped both of its regular-season games to Tift, falling 10-1 in Tifton and 13-8 at Packer Park.

A win on Wednesday would send the Packers to Friday's 4 p.m. tournament championship game.

The Packers, now 10-5, got all the runs they would need on Monday when they scored four times in the first inning.

Two of the runs came on a single by first baseman Briar Littleton, who was coming off an outstanding performance in last Thursday's win over Coffee in which he homered, doubled and drove in two runs.

The Yellow Jackets cut the Packers lead in half in the third inning, scoring their only two runs.

The second run scored when Chase Enfinger, who relieved starter Javin Daniels, walked the first batter he faced with the bases loaded.

But Enfinger struck out the next batter and over the next four innings did not allow a run.

The left-hander, who started the game in right field, scattered four hits and four walks and struck out nine Yellow Jackets.

In the fourth, with runners on first and second and one out, he struck out the next two Thomas County batters to end the threat.

In the fifth, he gave up a leadoff single, but that runner was retired later in the inning when Chase Giddens, who had replaced Enfinger in right field, threw him out at the plate.

Catcher Owen Avery applied the tag.

The Packers also scored four runs in the fifth inning with Daniels and Trenton Coney contributing doubles.

Colquitt added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth.

Coney and Avery each had two hits in the game.

Daniels, Littleton, Enfinger and Jackson Dorminey had the others.