Coffee scores six runs in seventh to deal Packers a 14-8 defeat

Mar. 8—MOULTRIE — In a Senior Night game that featured four innings of engaging baseball and three that were difficult to watch, Coffee High scored six runs in the top of the seventh to take a 14-8 victory over Colquitt County on Thursday at Packer Park.

The loss will send the Packers into their Region 1-7A opener at Camden County on Tuesday with an 8-6 overall record.

Two of those losses have come against the Trojans, who raised their record to 11-1 as they prepare for their Region 1-5A opener at Greenbrier on Tuesday.

Coffee defeated the Packers 4-2 back on Feb. 20, in Douglas and after four innings on Thursday, the two teams were tied 3-3.

Colquitt scored two runs in the bottom of the first after Coffee starter Michael Strickland walked Bryce Roberts and Mason Moore to open the inning.

Adam Beverly's single to right drove them both in to give the Packers an early two-run lead.

Coffee opened the top of the second against senior starter Garron Wingate by getting an infield hit and drawing a walk.

A ground out drove in one run and a double by Brayden Musgrove tied the game.

The Packers took another lead in the bottom of the third when Cam Cook singled, made his way to third and scored on Beverly's two-out single to left.

Coffee tied the game again in the fourth on a leadoff triple by Payton Bryant and a double by Ben Roberts.

Then the tenor of the game devolved.

In the top of the fifth, Colquitt walked four Trojans, hit another with a pitch and threw a bases-loaded wild pitch as Coffee scored five times to take an 8-3 lead.

The Packers answered with five runs of their own with similar help to tie the game 8-8 in the bottom of the sixth.

Coffee pitchers issued five walks and hit a batter. Brady DeRosso and Hayden Hembree contributed singles.

But Coffee opened the top of the seventh with four straight hits and a walk.

Two more walks and two errors later, the Trojans had scored six times and put the game away.

Coffee had 10 hits, including three doubles, and took advantage of nine walks and six Colquitt County errors.

Beverly had two hits and four runs batted in to lead the Packers.

Cook, DeRosso, Hembree, Jaxon Chambers and Jake Walker also had base hits.

The Packers drew seven walks themselves, but Coffee was error-free defensively to help keep their hosts from adding to their run total.

In their region-opening series, the Packers will face a Camden County team that is 3-6-1, but had won three in a row heading into a Friday evening meeting with Creekside.

Before the game against Coffee, Colquitt County honored seniors: Cook, Moore, Wingate, Cayden Parker, Charlie Thornton and scoreboard/music director Langston Jordan, who works in the press box at home games.

Parker also received a singular honor earlier on Thursday when he was named the Colquitt County High STAR Student at the Kiwanis Club meeting.

Parker has the school's highest SAT score. He selected Vance Hurst as his STAR Teacher.

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia's highest-achieving high school seniors and the teachers most instrumental in their academic development.