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Blue Tide pulls away from Panthers to open key region series
Anthony Bramwell threw 4 1/3 innings in relief, striking out three, and also drove in two runs at the plate for the Long County Blue Tide.

The Long County Blue Tide baseball team hosted the Liberty County Panthers on Tuesday, March 26. The Tide jumped on the Panthers early as they downed their region foe 7-2 while celebrating senior night.

Despite the final score, the Panthers actually jumped on board first as they took advantage of three first inning walks. An error at third base led to a run scoring before Landon Runyon sat down a batter on his third strikeout of the inning.

The Tide wasted little time tying the game up as former Panther Jamison Thomas hit a long ball over the centerfield wall for a leadoff home run.

Roderick Randall followed with a single before getting around to third. He scored on a passed ball to give his team a 2-1 lead going into the second inning.

Elijah Lester led off the bottom of the second with a single before Isaiah Miller moved him to second on his own single. An error at first allowed Lester to move to third and Miller to second. Anthony Bramwell brought in a run to make it 3-1.

After a Thomas walk, Randall laid down an impressive bunt that sat almost perfectly between the pitcher’s mound and home plate. The throw to first was errant as it ended up almost to the right field corner.

This error was crucial for the Panthers as Miller, Thomas and eventually the speedy Randall got all the way home to make the score 6-1 going into the third inning.

Runyon allowed one hit in the top of the third before he was replaced with Bramwell. Before the junior could even throw a pitch, however, the game was suspended for a lightning delay.

Once the game started back up 30 minutes later, Bramwell allowed one hit in his first inning on the mound, but kept the Panthers off the board.

Bramwell recorded his second RBI of the game in the third, bringing home fellow junior Creighton Rogers to make the score 7-1.

He allowed a run in the fourth on Matthew Richardson’s single that chased home Ezekiel Herrington.

Lester took the mound with two outs on the board in the seventh inning and got the final out with a strikeout.

With the win, the Tide move to 10-6 and 3-2 in the region. They look to complete the sweep of the Panthers on Thursday, March 28 as they travel to Hinesville. 

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