Bradwell Institute was competitive early Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader against Long County in Ludowici. But when the night was over, the Blue Tide showed they were too much for the Tigers.
In the first contest, it looked like the games were going to go late into the night. Both teams scored three runs apiece. Long County put up another run in the second inning and Bradwell added one in the top of the third.
In the bottom of the third, however, the Blue Tide washed in four runs en route to a 10-4 victory.
Long County out hit Bradwell 13 to 8. In the second game, the Blue Tide beat the Tigers 11-1. With the losses, Bradwell fell to 4-10 overall and remain winless (0-6) in the Region 3-AAAAA.
Saturday, the Tigers were to play Charlton County (12-2) in Folkston. Results from that game were not available by press time.
Tuesday, Long County was also at home playing host in a big region game against Vidalia. That contest also went back and forth early, with the Blue Tide holding a 6-3 lead after two innings. Solid pitching by the home team held the Indians scoreless down the stretch, while Long County put up three more runs to take the 9-3 win.
With the loss, the Indians fell to 5-8 overall and 2-2 in the region.
In the Vidalia game Ryan Desbiens went the distance, giving up only 6 hits and 4 walks. He struck out two batters. Desbiens also was one of the Blue Tide’s leading hitters for going 3 for 3 at the plate. All of his hits were doubles.
Also going 3 for 3 was Brian Lester who put up 5 RBI’s in the game. Other notable batters for Long County were Matt Strickland and Josh Gordon, who each went 2 for 3.
Blue Tide coach Tyler Rogers said his players’ effort showed they could play with anybody.
“We hit the ball and made the routine plays,” Rogers said. “When this group plays well and together we can play with anybody in the state. We are playing good ball right now.”
Long County now has an 11-6 overall record and a 5-2 region mark.
Tuesday, the Blue Tide have a huge game as Jeff Davis County comes to town. The Yellow Jackets are 11-3 overall and 4-1 in the region.
According to this week’s MaxPreps.com power poll, Jeff Davis is currently the No. 4 AA team in the state. The game is in Ludowici with the first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m.
Go to www.coastalcourier.com to see more pictures from the Bradwell and Long County game.