Pack drops region opener, falling at Camden in 9 innings

Mar. 13—KINGSLAND — Unable to hold a 7-1 lead, the Colquitt County baseball team dropped its Region 1-7A opener on Tuesday, falling at Camden County 8-7 in nine innings.

Colquitt and Camden will conclude their region series with a doubleheader that will begin at 4:30 p.m. Thursday on Ike Aultman Field at Jerry Croft Stadium.

The loss was the third in a row for the Packers, who will take an 8-7 record into Thursday's twin bill.

Camden, which has now won three of its last four games, is 1-0 in the region and 4-7-1 overall.

Following the Thursday doubleheader, the Packers will prepare for a region series against defending state champion Lowndes, beginning with a 6 p.m. single game on Tuesday, March 19, at Packer Park.

The Vikings are 12-2.

On Tuesday, after each team scored a run in the first inning, the Packers got to Camden starter Talon Daignault for five runs in the top of the third.

Catcher Hayden Hembree opened the inning by reaching base when he was hit by a pitch.

Cayden Parker was sent in as the courtesy runner and he stole second base and scored on a Bryce Roberts single.

Roberts moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on a base hit by Adam Beverly.

The third run of the inning scored on an error and the fourth on a bases-loaded walk issued to Bowen DeRosso.

Jake Walker's ground out plated the final run of the inning.

Colquitt extended its lead to 7-1in the top of the fourth when, with two out, Cam Cook as hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a single by Jaxon Chambers.

Beverly doubled to left to drive in his second run of the game.

But it was the last run the Packers managed.

Camden scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth and three more in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

The Wildcats scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth when freshman shortstop Gavyn Nelson drew a two-out bases-loaded walk, forcing in Will Johnson, who had reached on an error to open the inning.

DeRosso, who started on the mound, Cam Cook and Gabe Eubanks, combined to strike out 11 Wildcats, but also allowed 11 hits.

The Packers had just six hits.

In addition to the double and single by Beverly, Mason Moore added a double and Roberts, Chambers and Tyson Hobby had singles.