Packers pound Cairo 17-7 to raise their record to 6-4

Feb. 28—MOULTRIE — One night after needing a Jaxon Chambers walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to beat Lee County 2-1, the Colquitt County baseball team broke loose for a 17-7 victory on Wednesday at Cairo.

The Packers banged out 11 hits, including five doubles, and effectively put the game away by scoring seven runs in the fourth inning to take an 11-4 lead.

Coach Brandon Brock gave two pitchers their first work on the mound this season and they were effective enough to help the Packers raise their record to 6-4.

It was Colquitt's second win of the year over Cairo. The Packers came from behind to score three runs in the bottom of the sixth to beat the Syrupmakers 6-4 on Feb. 21, on Ike Aultman Field at Jerry Croft Stadium.

Colquitt has now won two in a row after dropping both of its games in the Georgia/Florida Classic last Friday and Saturday.

The Packers will travel to Powder Springs on Friday to meet Hillgrove and will go to Harrison High in Kennesaw on Saturday for a doubleheader against the Hoyas and Newnan.

Adam Beverly, the Packers starting shortstop, got his first start on the mound against the Syrupmakers on Wednesday and gave up three first-inning runs.

Down 3-0, the Packers took the lead with a four-run third inning that included a double by Cam Cook that drove in Bryce Roberts and Mason Moore and a sacrifice fly by Chambers that gave the Packers a 4-3 lead.

Cairo tied the game with a run in the bottom of the third, but Colquitt broke it open in the fourth.

Two runs scored on a Syrupmaker error and two rode home on another double by Cook to put the Packers up 8-4.

Chambers followed with an RBI double and Beverly cracked a two-run single to put the Packers up 11-4.

The Packers added two more runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Roberts and Moore.

Jake Walker had an RBI single and another run scored on a Cairo error to put the Packers up 15-5 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Of the four runs that Beverly was charged with, only one was earned. He also walked four and struck out two.

Roberts, the freshman starting second baseman, went the final three innings on the mound, giving up three runs, two of which were earned. He walked one and struck out three.

Cook, who had played left field the first nine games of the season, started at shortstop in place of Beverly on Wednesday.

The move back to the position he played last season hardly affected his offense. He went 3-for-5 with two doubles and four runs batted in.

Beverly and Hayden Hembree each had two hits.

Roberts, Moore, Chambers and Walker each had one.