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Fans treated to weekend of baseball, sun
Brad Johnson pitched for the Long County Blue tide when they defeated the Tigers 14-3 in 4 innings Saturday. - photo by By Patty Leon / Coastal Courier
There was no shortage of blue skies, sunshine and heat at The Coastal Georgia Shootout last weekend, creating an ideal setting for baseball fans to soak up rays and check out some of Liberty, Long and Bryan counties' talented summer league players.
Spectators welcomed the chance to enjoy the outdoors and some competitive games, while area coaches used the opportunity to get an idea of how their regular-season high school rosters might develop.
The team comprised of Bradwell Tigers players went 1-1-2, tying Richmond Hill in the first game, defeating Richmond Hill in the second game, and losing to teams representing Long and Liberty counties in later matches.
The Coastal Georgia Panthers went 5-0. Panther Coach Steve Cotrell said he felt the pitching was great over the weekend, but it's one of the areas he knows he will have to work on all summer. Overall, however, he was satisfied with his players' performance.
"I was real pleased," he said. "I mean for us to play five games in three days and be undefeated. I was pleased with the effort I got from all the players."
Cotrell and the Coastal Georgia team will travel to Blackshear and Vidalia June 14 for the Wooden Bat Classic.
Coach Brian Thomas and his team, which represents the Long County Blue Tide, lost an 8-4 lead over Richmond Hill in the final inning of one of their games. Richmond Hill eked out a 9-8 win when a wild pitch allowed a runner just enough time to make it home.
"We didn't execute our defense in the last inning," Thomas said after the loss. "And we have to give credit to Richmond Hill they kept making the ball plays and we couldn't make them. They did a good job in coming back."
Seeking redemption, the Tide came back Saturday afternoon to defeat the Tigers 14-3 in 4 innings. Coach Thomas said Brad Johnson's solid pitching made a difference in the second match.
"He threw 10 strikeouts," Thomas said. The coach said he was scouting the field for potential players, looking to fill gaps left in his regular-season team by graduating seniors.
"We are looking to see who is going to fill in our spots," Thomas said. "Who wants to come out and work hard and basic improvement."
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