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Lee High baseball bounces back, clobbers Colquitt

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

LEESBURG -- With Tuesday's loss to Tift County still stinging Wednesday, Lee County baseball coach Rob Williams was interested to see how his team would rebound at home against a tough Colquitt County squad.

What he saw was a mixed bag.

The Packers outhit the Trojans, 9-6, but walked in four runners with two outs and the game tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, allowing the Trojans to roll to a 10-3 victory.

The four runs pushed Lee (5-1) into a 7-3 lead. The Trojans added three more runs when Chase Griffin's fly ball to center dropped between Colquitt's center and right fielders for an error, clearing the bases for the final margin of victory.

"I wanted to see how we'd respond after a tough loss," Williams said. "There were a lot of unhappy campers walking the halls in school (Wednesday). It wasn't pretty, but we need to play some tight games like this. They all aren't going to be easy."

Matthew Suggs drove in two runs for Lee. Phillip Anderson scored twice and had a double; Mark Fowler singled, doubled and scored a run; Jake Moye had a double and scored a run, while Cole Goodwin scored twice.

Justin Walker picked up the win in relief of starter Jess Posey, who lasted five innings before being pulled with the game tied at 3-3.

Colquitt's Tyler Brown took the loss after replacing starter Cole Pitts, who went five innings.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, with two away, Anderson singled and Fowler followed with a double to put runners at second and third.

Colquitt coach Tony Kirkland then chose to intentionally walk Moye to load the bases.

Strategically, it was a sound gamble giving the Packers a chance at an inning-ending out at any base. All they had to do was throw strikes or get the ball put into play.

Colquitt did neither.

Kirkland, afterward, was not pleased seeing his team drop to 4-2 on the year -- both losses came at the hands of Lee County.

"If you are looking for something for me to say, it won't be a lot," Kirkland said. "We could not throw a strike after two outs in the sixth. We're dealing with a situation here. That situation is we are still searching how to win ball games."

Colquitt took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second before Lee answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 3-1 advantage.

The Packers knotted it at 3-3 with two runs in the top of the fifth and chased Posey, who left with the bases loaded and one out. Lee, however, got out of the inning when Blake Stamps' bunt was caught by Walker, who then threw behind the runner at third for an inning-ending double play.

Lee County opens its Region 1-AAAA schedule Friday at Hardaway, while Colquitt begins Region 1-AAAAA play at Houston Co.