The Long County Blue Tide baseball team are just about ready to get started with Region 1-AAA play, but the team will go into play having lost two of their last three games. The team lost their first home of the season and their non-region finale with an 8-1 loss to 6A Statesboro on Thursday, March 25.
The Blue Devils, who defeated the Tide 7-1 at home earlier in the week, got their bats going early in the first inning as they recorded four hits. Statesboro got three runs in the inning on a sacrifice RBI, a single, and an error at third base.
Junior catcher Joseph Cammack made an incredible play in the second inning to pickoff an attempted stealer at second base.
The Tide finally got on the board in the bottom of the third as junior Dwayne Rowe recorded his second hit of the game with a stand-up double, scoring senior TJ Criswell.
With a 3-1 deficit, the Tide looked to keep the Blue Devils off the board in the fourth, but they got their bats going again. They recorded three hits and were able to add another run on a passed ball before loading the bases with two hits and a walk with two outs on the board.
Junior Jacob Struble was able to work his way out of the jam with his second strikeout of the inning and fourth of the game. However, it was the fifth inning that spelled the end for Struble’s day and essentially locked up the win for the visitors.
Statesboro roped off four hits and three runs off two different Tide pitchers in the inning, increasing their lead to 7-1. The Blue Devils moved on to the 8-1 victory.
The team begins Region 1-AAA play next week with their first three-game series as they host the Pierce County Bears on Tuesday, March 30 and Friday, April 2 while traveling to Blackshear on Thursday, April 1.