LEESBURG -- And the streak continues.
The Lee County baseball team made sure of that Tuesday as it rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 3-2 lead, only to see Colquitt County tie the game in the seventh. But that only set up heroics from Pedro Cruz, who smacked a game-winning RBI-single in the bottom the eighth to push the Trojans passed Colquitt County, 4-3, in both teams' 2011 season opener.
The win, however, marked the Trojans' 13 straight victory against the Packers dating back to 2005.
"We made some plays and played good solid defense," said Trojan coach Rob Williams, who had to use five pitchers to get through this one.
Cruz came up huge for Lee County all game and finished 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored.
"Coach told us to always go up there and have fun and swing and don't get nervous," said Cruz, who also drove in the game-tying run in the bottom of the sixth inning before being driven in himself for the go-ahead run on a base hit by Nate Gay. "I just put the ball in play and advanced the runner -- but I couldn't have done it without the team."
Cruz did get the help of his teammates, especially Mark Fowler, who -- despite going 0-for-3 from the plate -- made a great diving catch with the bases loaded that helped the Trojans get out of a bases-loaded situation in the top of the eighth inning.
"That was a big one for us," said Williams of Fowler's defensive heroics. "If it gets by him, (Colquitt) gets a couple of runs. So that kind of just turned things around for us."
Cole Goodwin (1-0) picked up the win for the Trojans after coming on in the third inning of a scoreless game, while Cole Pitts (0-1) shouldered the loss for Colquitt. But Pitts made up for it at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and two RBI.
"He is a heck of a talent," Williams said of Pitts.
The Trojans jumped on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the fourth inning after Daniel Nichols (1-for-3) reached home on a wild pitch that put Lee County up, 1-0. The game would remain that way until the top of the sixth inning when Pitts blasted a two-run homer over the left-field wall. Lee would answer in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI each from Cruz and Gay to go up 3-2. In the top of the seventh, Pitts hit an RBI double that tied the game and forced extra innings. After getting out of a jam in the top of the eighth inning, Lee County put the game in the hands of Cruz, who came through with flying colors.
From here, Lee County (1-0) will next travel to Statesboro to face Effingham County on Friday, while Colquitt (0-1) will face Northview, Ala., on Thursday in Bainbridge.