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Blue Tide fall to Indians, putting slim playoff hopes further in jeopardy

POSTED: April 1, 2011 9:37 a.m.

Vidalia High School cruised by Long County High School, 12-1, on Tuesday in Vidalia.
“We ran into a really hot Vidalia team. They hit the baseball extremely well and played great team defense. We definitely tip our cap to them,” Blue Tide coach Brian Thomas said.
Freshman Austin Middleton and sophomore Luke Golden both went 2 for 3 for the Blue Tide, with Middleton doubling and Golden driving in Long County’s only run.
Golden suffered the loss on the pitcher’s mound.
The setback dropped the Blue Tide’s Region 2-AA record to 1-6, pushing them further down in the playoff standings.
Long County basically is eliminated from finishing the season in one of the top-three spots, due to the number of quality teams in Region 2-AA. 
However, the Blue Tide do have a chance at pulling out the No. 4 spot and qualifying for the playoffs if they can get on a late-season run.
Toombs County and Brantley County currently are tied for that coveted fourth spot with 4-2 region records, while Tattnall County at 3-4 and Vidalia at 3-5 also are in front of Long County.
The Blue Tide have an opportunity to make up some ground in the region tonight when Jeff Davis comes to town for a 6 p.m. game.
 The Yellow Jackets are in the top spot in 2-AA with a 6-1 record. Jeff Davis won, 10-0, when the Yellow Jackets faced Long County last month. 
Tonight also is Coach Raymond Fulcher Night at the park. Prior to the game, the former Blue Tide coach will be recognized.
The late Fulcher coached at Long County High School for 25 years and led the team to the state title game twice.

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