The Long County High School baseball team defeated McIntosh County on Tuesday in what became a monsoon battle.
The rain began in the third inning and with everyone watching out for lightning all night, the Blue Tide won the wet battle 8-7.
The Tide jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Tommy Freeman hit a two-run homer over the left field wall to bring Bryan Wingate home from first base.
The home team built on that lead in the third and, going into the bottom of the fourth, the Blue Tide was on top 3-1.
In the bottom of the fourth, Tyler Chambless got a hit and made it to first and Shane White came to the mound.
With two outs, White nailed the pitch over the left field wall, bringing Chambless home and scoring two more to put the Blue Tide up 5-1 going into the fifth.
After the fifth, the rain intensified and so did the McIntosh Bucs. The visitors scored four runs in the top of the inning to tie the game 5-5.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Tide scored twice. In the top of the sixth, the Bucs put up two to tie and going into the bottom of the sixth, it was 7-7.
In the bottom of the sixth, Stevie Harrison got a base hit and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by White. Wingate came to bat, and got a single, scoring Harrison. The score at the end of the sixth was Blue Tide 8, Bucs 7.
In the top of the final inning, McIntosh couldn’t manage to score. Long County improved its overall record to 4-12 and the 2-AA Region record to 3-5.
For the night, the leading batters for Long County were Tommy Freeman, who went 2-4 with a homerun and 2 RBI, and Shane White, who was 1-2 with a home-run (the first of his high school career) and 2 RBI, and Richard “Rat” Johnson, who was 1-3 with 2 RBIs. Tyler Chambless got the win.
After the game, Blue Tide head coach Brian Thomas said, “I thought the game was very well played by both teams considering the rain. Our effort as a team was great and we really pulled through on offense when we needed to.”
The coach added, “I really appreciate the effort of McIntosh’s players and coaches as well as the officials in order for us to get the game completed. It was a very tough task last night and I’m glad we stepped up to the challenge.”
The Tide travel to Savannah today to take on Benedictine Military Academy. The Cadets bring a 4-8 overall record into the game and a region record of 2-5 in to the contest.
That game starts at 4 p.m.