MOULTRIE -- Three pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter as Tift County defeated Colquitt County A 8-2 in the opening round of the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association's sub-District III 12-and-under baseball tournament at the Magnolia Sports Complex.

Tift County will advance to play Americus in the final winners bracket game of the four-team, double-elimination tournament at 5:30 p.m. today.

Americus edged Crisp County 3-2 in the other first-round game on Monday.

Colquitt County A and Crisp County will meet at 7 tonight.

The Colquitt County B team will open play at 6 tonight against the another Tift County team in the other sub-District tournament in Thomasville.

Despite combining for 10 runs, Colquitt County A and Tift County managed just four hits between them.

Colquitt scored single runs in the third and fourth innings without the benefit of a hit.

But Colquitt had its chances, despite being held hitless, stranding 10 batters, including at least one in all six innings.

Colquitt left the bases full in the third and fourth.

Corey Delarosa started for Tift County and struck out six in the first two innings.

But he hit a batter, walked a batter, hit another Colquitt County hitter and walked Davis Durham to force in the first run of the game in the third.

But Zach Shiver came on for Tift County and struck out the next three batters to retire the side and strand three.

Shiver gave up the other Colquitt County run, walking Durham with bases loaded in the fourth.

But he had little trouble in the fifth and Chad Ward pitched a scoreless sixth.

The three Tift County pitchers combined to strike out 13 batters.

Tift County did not manage a hit off Colquitt County starter Cole Pitts until the fourth inning.

Tift scored four in the bottom of the fourth on two hits, an error, a walk and a hit batsman.

Ryan Bragg had the big hit in the fourth, a two-run single that tied the game.

Jeremy Thompson's single put Tift County up to stay with a single and Bragg scored on an infield grounder by Hunter McCallister.

In the fifth, Tift added four more, again on just two hits, but took advantage of another error and a walk.

Chase Ward opened the Tift County fifth with a single and went to third on a double by Shiver. Ward scored on Zeke Sparrow's infield grounder and Shiver scored on an error.

Sparrow later scored on a wild pitch and Jordan Winslow scored on a throwing error.

Ryan Davis retired the final three Tift County batters in order.

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