After a short layoff because of weather and scheduling, the Long County softball team finally got back on the field on Sept. 8.
The Lady Tide took on always tough Appling County in Baxley. Despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead early, Long County was no match for the Lady Pirates falling 12-4 in seven innings.
Long County head coach Brian Thomas said a mistakes contributed to the loss.
“I thought that we played well in the first half of the game,” Thomas said. “Then we had a few mistakes that Appling capitalized on later in the game and that was the difference.”
Bailey Harrison got the start and loss for the Lady Tide going 3½ innings. Harrison gave up six hits and four runs. Ryle Poppell came in midway through the fourth to close the game. She also struggled, giving up five hits and six runs.
Long County’s leading batters for were Harrison, who went 3 for 3 with a double, Tityanna Wilson, 1 for 2 with two runs, Ch’Hyya Wright, 1 for 2, and Delaney Wells, 1 for 3.
The Lady Tide are now 0-2 in Region 2-AAA and 4-8 overall. Thomas said he believes his players will learn from their mistakes.
“This was a tough loss, but I think that we learned a lot from our mistakes and I think that we will be more prepared for tough road-region games in the coming weeks,” he said.
Monday, Long County was scheduled to play Islands High in Ludowici, but weather postponed the game. Tuesday, the Lady Tide was to host Pierce County in a big 2-AAA matchup. The Lady Bears were coming in 5-6 overall and 2-1 in the region.
Thursday, Long County plays region rival Brantley County (7-3 and 2-1) in Nahunta starting at 6 p.m.
The Lady Tide also rescheduled games against Liberty County that were recently postponed; Sept. 22 in Ludowici at 4 and Sept. 26 at Liberty County at 4:15.