After 24 games it all comes down to one game for Long County High and Brantley County High schools. If the Herons win, they’re in the playoffs. If they lose the Ludowici team makes the state tournament.
Tuesday, Long County knew they needed a win against Tattnall County to have any chance for post-season play. The team looked sharp in Reidsville, especially at the plate, as they won 15-4.
The leading batters for the Blue and White were Bryan Wingate who went 4-5 with 3 runs scored, Tommy Freeman, who also went 4-5 with 3 RBIs, and Jake Durham who went 2-5 with 3 RBIs.
Freeman also pitched and got the win, while Robert Greene got the loss for the Battle Creek Warriors.
Now Long and Brantley both have 7-8 2-AA Region records with each team having only one more region opponent.
Last night, the Herons were in Hazlehurst to take on Jeff Davis County. Jeff Davis currently has a 12-3 region record and are 15-7 overall. They are currently tied for the number two spot in the region with Pierce County, and are one game behind Appling County who sits at 13-2. So for the Yellow Jackets, last night’s game was big too.
Going into the game, Jeff Davis was averaging 7.6 runs a game and was allowing 5.1 runs, while Brantley County was putting up 4.5 runs a night, and giving up 5.7.
Last night, the Blue Tide also had a region game, against McIntosh County. The Tide (8-16) brought a 7-8 region record into that game, while the Buccaneers (9-14) took a 6-9 record into the match.
The game has no playoff meaning for the Bucs. Long County won their first encounter, 8-7, last month. And that limited the Bucs playoff hopes.
Long County hasn’t made the playoffs since 2006. Doing so this year would be extra sweet after the team started the season 2-12.
Going into last night’s game, the Blue Tide was scoring 6.8 runs and giving up 9.4 runs a game, while the Buccaneers were averaging 5.3 and allowing 6.7 runs a night.
Results from both games will be in the Friday Coastal Courier.