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Blue Tide loses 8-4 to Yellow Jackets
The Long County Blue Tide picked up their third loss of the season on Tuesday by losing to Jeff Davis 8-4. Despite a game effort by Ryan Simmons, the senior picked up the loss. - photo by Mike Riddle / Coastal Courier
Having to travel over to Hazlehurst, Long County had a three-game winning streak come to an end Tuesday, loosing to a determined Jeff Davis High School team.
The Yellow Jackets stung the Blue Tide 8-4, giving Long County their third loss of the season.
“It was a well played game by both teams. It just so happens that Jeff Davis was a little better tonight than we were,” Blue Tide head coach, Brian Thomas said.
Picking up the win for the home team was senior Gunner Jackson, while the loss went to Blue Tide right-hander Ryan Simmons.  The leading batter for Long County was sophomore Bryan Wingate, who went 2 for 3 on the night.
Despite the loss, Thomas said, “Overall I think it was a good performance by our team.”
The Blue Tide’s record now stands at 8-3 overall and 2-2 in the 2-AA Region standings, behind Pierce County (11-0 and 5-0) and Savannah Christian (6-5 and 4-0).
Long County has a showdown Friday night with Appling County, which is also 2-2 in the region and 7-4 overall for lone possession of the number three spot in the standings.  The Pirates come into the game off a solid 6-0 win over Brantley County.
“The Appling game is going to be a tough one,” Thomas said. “I know they are a really good team, as usual, and well coached.
“It’s going to take a complete team effort to beat those guys.”
Appling is currently averaging 7 runs a game and giving up 3, compared with the Tide giving up 5 per game but scoring 10, which is still the tops in the 2-AA Region.
The game Friday is in Ludowici will starts at 6.
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