The Long County High School baseball team dropped its second game in a row Wednesday night to Jeff Davis High School, 17-7 in five innings.
The defeat was the team’s seventh in the 2-AA Region, and dropped their overall record to 6-14. In that game, Tommy Freeman got the loss for the Blue Tide while Stephen Farris picked up a win for the Yellow Jackets.
The leading hitters for the Tide were Richard "Rat" Johnson, who went 2-3 with a homerun and 3 RBI’s, and Stevie Harrison, who went 3-3 with 2 runs scored.
"This was a very tough loss to take because we scored the first five runs of the game," head coach Brian Thomas said.
The coach added, "Our defense had a few problems allowing Jeff Davis to get back into the game, and our guys know that you just can’t give great teams extra outs."
The loss was the second region loss in a row for Long County. It dropped their 2-AA record to 5-7. Despite the loss, the team is still holding on to the No. 4 spot in the region, which is needed to make the play-offs.
The top three in 2-AA are Jeff Davis (10-1), Appling County (9-2) and Pierce County (8-3). However, the fourth spot is still up in the air with Long sitting at 5-7, Tattnall County at 4-6, Brantley County and McIntosh County at 4-7, Benedictine at 3-8 and Charlton County still in it at 3-9.
Four of Long County’s last five games are against region opponents: Charlton, Brantley, Tattnall and McIntosh counties.
On Friday, the Blue Tide defeated Charlton County 10-0. A full story on that game will be in Wednesday’s Coastal Courier.
The Blue Tide plays Brantley County on Friday. Last month when the two teams first met, the Herons won 7-4.
Their second match-up is in Ludowici at 6 p.m.