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POSTED: March 18, 2013 2:13 p.m.
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Though the Blue Tide lost to Benedictine on Thursday, Long County’s Luke Golden, pictured sliding into first, was solid at bat, going 4 for 4.

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After beginning the season 5-1, Long County High School’s baseball team has dropped their last three games, including losses Thursday and Friday.  
With the two losses, the Blue Tide sit at 5-4 overall and 1-2 in the Region 2-AA.  
On Thursday, the Blue Tide had their biggest test of the season as they faced Benedictine Military School but fell, 10-1.  The Cadets entered the game as the No. 8 team in the state, according to a recent GeorgiaPrepCountry.com/GACA poll. By the end of the game, it was clear why they they were ranked so high.  
Long County fell behind 3-0 in the third inning and was never able to find their rhythm losing the region game.  Despite the tough outing, Long County’s Luke Golden had a good day at the plate, going 4 for 4.
Pitcher Cody Fleck got the loss for the Blue Tide.
“BC was really a well-disciplined team that played hard the entire game,” Long County head coach Brian Thomas said.
On Friday, the Blue Tide traveled to Evans County to face Claxton High School in a non-region matchup, but dropped a tough 4-3 decision to the Tigers.
“It was a very exciting game that came down to the last pitch,” Thomas said.
Shawn Mills led the Tide at the plate by batting 3 for 3.  Pitcher Chase Rogers got the loss for Long County.
Long County is back on the field Tuesday as the Tide travel to Toombs County to take on Vidalia in another big region matchup.  The Indians have a 2-3 overall record and a 1-1 region mark.  When looking at the two teams on paper, Long County has a slight edge over the Indians statistically.  Vidalia is averaging 6.2 runs a game while giving up 4.6 runs, while the Blue Tide is putting up 7.7 runs a night and is only allowing 2.9 runs.  However, in the teams’ two-game series last season, the Indians won both outings by a combined score of 18-6.  
The game begins at 5:45 p.m.

 

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