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Blue Tide end season on high notes
Gary Poppell pitched 2 shutout  innings in his final game for Long Co
Long County senior Gary Poppell closed out his career with the Blue Tide by throwing two shutout innings against Claxton. The Blue Tide beat the Tigers 11-10 in extra innings. - photo by Photo provided.

The Long County High School baseball team wrapped up the season Wednesday by defeating Claxton High School (5-15) in Ludowici.

The early going looked bleak for the Blue Tide as the Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 lead.

By the top of the seventh inning, Claxton seemed to have things well in hand, leading 10-3. But in the bottom of the seventh, Long County put up seven runs to tie the game and force extra innings.

The Blue Tide continued scoring in the bottom of the eighth to steal the victory 11-10.

Tuesday, Long County also was at home taking on Tattnall County (9-15), but results for that game were not as sweet. The Battle Creek Warriors jumped out to a 5-1 lead and never looked back, beating the Blue Tide 8-2.

Long County ends the year posting a 7-18 overall record and a 2-8 mark in the 2-AAA Region.

Though the Blue Tide did not make the playoffs they did finish the year on a high note, winning three of the last five games.

They also never gave up in any of their contests, which was evident by taking four of the games into extra innings and winning three of them.

Though first year coach Wade Peterson will be losing seniors Gary Poppell, Dondrae Volcy, Jeffrey Edmondson, Joey Kuzlik and Matt Strickland, he should be able to look forward to 1918 with Rex Johnson, Colton Infinger, Andrew Swindell, Jake Hester and Marquis Henley returning.

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