MOULTRIE -- There had to be some raised eyebrows in Douglas, Valdosta, Waycross, Tifton and Bainbridge on Tuesday when this score arrived on Friday.

Colquitt County 15, Lowndes 0.

In three innings, no less.

And the Packers Cody Green got credit for a no-hitter when he faced the minimum of nine Vikings batters.

"What can you say?" said Lowndes coach Danny Redshaw said after his team left the field just an hour and 36 minutes after the Region 1-AAAAA game began.

"Moultrie just hit the ball."

The Packers, after being retired in order in the first inning, struck for five runs in the second inning and 10 more in the third.

And when Bernie Dahlberg ripped a three-run double to put the Packers up by 15 with two out in the bottom of the third, the mercy-rule was invoked.

The Packers had sent 25 batters to plate and collected nine hits.

The Vikings had gone through their batting order just one time.

Green walked Brandon Ponder to start the game and then picked him off first.

The junior left-hander then retired the next eight Vikings in a row and never had to go out for the fourth inning.

Green is now 4-1 for the Packers and lowered his already impressive 1.11 ERA.

The Vikings team ERA, which was 1.96, took a battering, however.

And it was the bottom three batters in the Colquitt lineup that did most of the damage.

Dahlberg, Rob Cannon and Green, the Nos. 7, 8 and 9 hitters, went a combined seven-for-seven, with two doubles, two home runs and 11 runs batted in.

The victory was the third in a row for the Packers and raised their record to 16-6 overall and 6-4 in the region.

Lowndes falls to 13-7 overall and also is 6-4 in the region.

The Vikings will be at home against Coffee on Tuesday. Colquitt travels to Bainbridge.

Packers coach Jerry Croft, who is just three games removed from a four-game losing streak in which the Packers got just 21 hits, was obviously pleased.

"I'm really proud of the guys," Croft said. "They used the whole field and they got some two-out hits.

"That's what coach K (hitting coach Tony Kirkland) teaches them to do."

The Packers now have scored 35 runs in their last three games -- including a 13-3 win over Tift County and a 7-6 victory over Cook earlier in the week -- after having scored just 17 in their previous five.

Dahlberg is swinging the team's hottest bat.

After going 2-for-2 with a three-run homer against Cook in a 7-6 victory on Wednesday, the Packers designated hitter singled home a run in the first inning and had a run-scoring single and the bases- loaded, walk-off double in the third.



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