Lady Devils wear out Colquitt's fences

Gracee Wood stands at first base during a Tift County home game earlier this year. She was one of four players to homer against Colquitt County Thursday.

MOULTRIE — Tift County’s Lady Devils hit not one homer in a game Thursday afternoon against Colquitt. They didn’t hit two, or even three. Four Lady Devils hit the long ball.

On top of that, there was another home run in the other game of the doubleheader. Unfortunately, all the offense couldn’t keep up with Colquitt County’s runs. The Lady Packers won by a 8-2 and 9-5 scores.

The home run parade came in the second of the games.

“Game two, of course, started with a bang,” said head coach Taylor Barber in an email Friday. “We saw the same arm against and obviously a great job adjusting from game one to game two and hammered it.”

Colquitt got the first out of the game before Macy Hand singled. Bailee Williams homered to right field for a 2-0 lead. That was only the start. With two outs, Gracee Wood and Josie Bullington went back-to-back with blasts to right and centerfield.

Emily Allegood had been the starter for Colquitt in the nightcap. She gave way to Jade Horne and Tift got very little going afterwards. “Once they went to Horne, she did a good job keeping us at bay,” said Barber.

The Lady Pack pulled to 4-3 in the third. Paige Hill gave Tift a 5-3 advantage in the fourth on — what else? — a homer, but four runs in the bottom half gave them the lead for good.

Wood pitched most of the second game, with Hill closing it out.

“[Colquitt] hit it in game two and we had to sit in there and hit with them and couldn’t get it going late in the game,” he said. Barber praised Wood’s efforts in the circle.

Hill did nearly everything in the opener.

She allowed only one earned run and struck out four. Hill drove in both runs on the day’s first homer, a blast to left to score Niambi Battle.

The Lady Devils have now hit 10 homers for the season. Going into the week, they only had four; Bullington hit a round-tripper Tuesday against Berrien.

“I was proud of the fight and proud of the effort they gave in game two to battle back,” said Barber. “We just have to keep working and grinding away every day to get us over the hump and get something going the second time around.”

Tift will be on the road for its next few games. They are scheduled to visit Thomas County Central Tuesday before going to Lowndes for a region doubleheader. Their next home game, Sept. 21 against Worth County, will be Senior Night.

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