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Jackets sting Blue Tide

POSTED: March 31, 2007 5:13 a.m.

Long County High School’s baseball team continued struggling with its pitching. On Tuesday, they traveled to Jesup and lost to Wayne County, 18-7.
LC coach Wayne Sasser put Britt Horne on the mound to see if he could spark the pitching, which has been plagued by early season injuries.
Unfortunately, the Yellow Jacket (5-1) batters had no mercy on Horne or the Blue Tide and put up seven runs in the first inning.
Long County (1-6) did score three runs in the fourth and fifth innings, and managed to tighten the game in the top of the sixth, trailing 10-7.
However, the Wayne batters matched their first inning performance in the bottom of the sixth by adding seven more runs.
Josh Palmer earned the win for the Yellow Jackets. He pitched three innings and struck out eight batters. Britt Horne was charged with the loss for the Tide.

The leading batters for the Blue Tide were Ryan Simmons, who went 2-for-4 with a homerun and 3 RBIs and Stevie Harrison, who went 1-for-3 with a double and 2 RBIs.
The trouble for Long County has not been scoring runs. They have averaged seven runs per outing over the last five games, but during those same five games, their opponents have averaged 11 runs.
With all the injuries the Tide has felt so early in the season, pitching coach Brian Thomas will continue working with the young players he and Sasser have until they can find the right rotation. 
Fortunately, all the losses the team has had to endure are non-region games, but the important games start now.
They have their first Region 2-AA game at 5:30 p.m. tonight in Ludowici taking on the Pierce County Bears (4-1, 1-0).

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