The Long County Lady Blue Tide softball team suffered a tough region series loss to the Calvary Day Cavaliers last week, putting their chances at repeating at Region 3-AAA champions in jeopardy. They got back on track Monday when they faced off against the St. Vincent’s Academy Saints and posted an 8-0 win.
Other than the Lady Tide scoring an early run in the first inning off a passed ball, it was a slow start for both teams.
Four of the first nine batters for the Lady Tide went down on strikeouts with the team recording just one hit through two innings. Freshman Casey Lust also had a good run in the circle, allowing just one hit and striking out three in the first two innings.
In the third inning, Lust and her defense started an impressive run that lasted the next four innings as they proceeded to sit down the next 12 batters.
It looked like the Lady Tide had a shot at adding another run on the board as they loaded the bases with two outs but they could not take advantage as the score remained 1-0 going into the fourth.
With two outs and a runner on, Ciara O’Brien crushed a shot to left field and got all the way to third to put the Tide up 2-0 going into the fifth.
The score remained 2-0 until the sixth when the Tide exploded for six runs. Alyssa Skipper got on base after being hit by a pitch and moved up to third on an Addie Moss single.
Alyssa Skipper scored on a wild pitch as her sister was at the plate. Mallory Skipper singled before Jersi Lester walked to load the bases with no outs.
Up 3-0, O’Brien took to the plate again and hit a bases-clearing triple to make the score 6-0.
Kyleigh Sizemore walked and Ainsley Anderson reached on an error that allowed Sizemore to score. Lust finished off the scoring and the game with a single to bring home Anderson.
With the win, the Lady Tide move to 7-9 and 5-2 in the region. They will be on the road Wednesday, Sept 27 for game two with the Saints and host game three Thursday, Sept 28 for senior night.
The Lady Tide must win out and hope for some help if they want to repeat as region champions.