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Blue Tide wins game over McIntosh County
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By Mike Riddle
Coastal Courier (Hinesville, GA) Correspondent

Long County’s baseball team picked up its third win of the season Friday, defeating McIntosh County Academy 7-4 in Ludowici.
But even though the Tide got a win, it didn’t come easy. Trailing  4-3 in the bottom of the fifth, the Blue Tide loaded the bases, and were poised to tie the game. But with the momentum in their favor, the game was delayed, because of the sun creating a safety hazard to certain areas on the field.
When the game resumed, Tyler Hall singled to tie the game. Next,  Stevie Harrison got an RBI fielder’s choice and Brandon Smith managed an RBI infield hit. Paul Lewandsoki put the Tide up for good, 7-4, with a sacrifice fly to deep center field.
Stetson Strickland, Tyler Hall, and Brandon Simmons each went 2-for-4.
Simmons (2-2) also pitched another complete game, picking up the win. On the way to the win, he struck out 14 batters.
The win improves Long County’s record to 3-14 overall and 2-5 in Region 2-AA.
Long County hasn’t had much to cheer about this year, as injuries have plagued their pitching, but even though they only have three wins, fortunately two of them have been in their region.  
They still have a slim chance of making the playoffs if they can keep the wins coming, but they will continue to be tested, as all of their remaining games are region contests.
The Blue Tide played Pierce County Tuesday in Blackshear, but the  game was not complete in time for press.
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