With the playoffs just around the corner, the Long County High School softball team beat Liberty County on Thursday.
Playing in Ludowici that Lady Tide (14-4 overall) controlled the game from the onset in defeating the Lady Panthers 10-0 in four innings.
Notching the victory for Long County was Alyssa Swindell who struck out one batter, allowed no runs, and gave up only two hits.
The leading batters for the Lady Tide were Chante Thomas and Ajmanni Jefferson who each went 2 for 3 with an RBI at the plate, and Madison Giron and Trista Murphy, who both were 1 for 2 at the plate and posting a double and an RBI.
Meleina Davis and Ryann Alexander had hits for Liberty County, which fell to 7-10 overall.
Long County head coach Tyler Chambliss said he was pleased with his team’s play and the effort that they put out against Liberty.
"I was very happy with the way that we played, we’ve talked about the importance of coming out and playing a complete game and not letting up until the game is over, I feel that is what we did, we had great pitching and defense, and hit the ball well all game," he said.
Chambliss said he feels his team is peaking at the right time.
"We are playing our best softball right now, everything is coming together at the right time, we’ve gotten better with every game and it is great to see how much this team has grown together throughout the course of the season", said Chambliss.
The Lady Tide have secured a first round home playoff game, but their opponent has yet to be determined.
On Saturday Long County took on Pierce County in Blackshear.
The standings in Region 2-AAA Region as of Friday had Appling County on top with an 8-2 record, followed by Brantley County and Pierce County at 7-3, Long County holding down the fourth spot at 5-4, Tattnall County at 2-7, and Liberty County at 0-9.
The Lady Tide were ranked Friday as the No. 10 AAA team in the state, according to MaxPreps.