Walk-off hit by Chambers gives Pack 2-1 win over Lee

Feb. 27—MOULTRIE — After having given up 15 runs in the previous eight innings over two games, the Colquitt County baseball team needed a strong pitching performance when Lee County visited Packer Park on Tuesday.

And the Packers got just that from starter Cook Tompkins and reliever Cam Cook, who held on until Jaxon Chambers dumped a walk-off single to left center field in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 2-1 victory over the Trojans.

"I was proud of them," Packers coach Brandon Brock said after his team raised its record to 5-4. "We keep growing."

It was a game the Packers in effect had to win twice in the seventh.

With the game tied 1-1, Mason Moore reached when the Trojans second baseman dropped his pop fly in short right field.

Cook followed with a double to right center that appeared deep enough to drive in the winning run.

But Moore was thrown out at the plate on a perfect relay throw from the player who earlier had dropped the fly ball.

The reprieve was short-lived for the Trojans.

On the next pitch from Lee County reliever Cooper Hall, Chambers hit a soft liner that found some grass in front of the Trojans center fielder and Cook sped home from second to the give the Packers a hard-earned and much-needed win.

Colquitt had taken some lumps in the two games of the Georgia-Florida Classic played at Packer Park the previous weekend.

Creekside of St. Johns, Fla., scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning for a 7-2 win on Friday.

On Saturday afternoon, St. John Neumann of Naples, Fla., rolled to a 10-2 win.

With his team desperate for a stopper, Tompkins stepped into the breach.

The junior left-hander, in his first varsity start on Ike Aultman Field at Jerry Croft Stadium, went four innings and did not give up a hit.

He was far from perfect, walking four Trojans and hitting another with a pitch.

But he stranded five runners, struck out the first and last batters he faced and four others in between.

And the only ball the Trojans managed to get out of the infield against him was a fly ball to center fielder Brady DeRosso to retire the side in the first inning.

Asked about pitching with so much traffic on the bases, Tompkins said, "When you put yourself in those spots, you've just got to get yourself out of it.

"I didn't think too much about it. I just tried to throw strikes and let my defense work. That's all you can do."

And his fast ball was there when he needed it.

"There's nothing better than a well-placed fast ball," he said.

Lee County got its only run in the fifth off Cook. And it was unearned.

The senior left fielder/relief pitcher then got through the scoreless sixth and seventh innings by stranding four more Trojan base runners.

Lee finished with just three singles, one in each of the last three innings. And one of the hits never left the infield.

But Cook's work was crucial for the Packers, who go to Cairo on Wednesday then play three games in Marietta on Friday and Saturday.

"Thank goodness he came on the radar to throw, not that we ever doubted he could," Packers coach Brandon Brock said. "But he did a great job. We've got so many games coming up.

"We were so glad we didn't have to use Logan Plymel tonight. And we were about to."

Brock was also pleased that Colquitt was able to hang on against Lee County starter Gaven Smith, who gave the Packers fits last season.

"We beat a heck of a pitcher," he said. "He's got a live arm."

Like Tompkins and Cook, Smith was able to get big outs when he needed them.

The Packers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Chambers got his first hit of the night, a single up the middle. One out later, freshman Bowen DeRosso ripped a triple to right.

But Smith made sure DeRosso went no farther, striking out the next two batters.

The Packers got a hit and a walk in the third, but Smith stranded both runners.

Colquitt got two more runners on in the fourth and two more, including Moore, who tripled for the fourth time this season, and Cook, who walked, in the fifth.

Smith again fanned the next two batters to end that threat.

The Packers left 10 runners on in the game; the Trojans, 11.

But Cook and Chambers got the job done in the seventh.

Cook, Chambers and Bowen DeRosso each had two hits.

Moore and Adam Beverly had the others.

After Wednesday's game against Cairo, a team the Packers defeated 6-4 on Feb. 21, at Packer Park, Colquitt will play at Hillgrove on Friday and meet Harrison and Newnan on Saturday at Harrison.

The next home game will be on March 7, when the Packers play host to Coffee on Senior Night.