The Long County High School softball team opened the season on a tear last week, picking up shutout wins over Brunswick and McIntosh County.
Sunday, the Lady Tide opened the season at home, beating the Lady Pirates 6-0. Freshman pitcher Trista Murphy went the full 7 innings, striking out 8 batters and giving up only 2 hits.
Leading batters for Long County were Madison Giron, who went 3 for3 with 3 base hits and 2 RBIs; Bailey Harrison, who was 1 for 4 with a double and 1 RBI; and Murphy, who was 2 for 4 with 2 base hits and 3 RBIs.
Lady Tide head coach Tyler Chambliss praised his players, saying they were solid in all areas.
"We really played the brand of softball that we have tried to instill in these girls from the beginning of the summer," Chambliss said. "We executed well in all phases of the game, pitched great, played clean defense, and came up with timely hits."
Monday, Long County continued to dominate opponents by shutting out McIntosh County 9-0 in Darien. In that game pitcher Alyssa Swindell got the win going four innings while striking out 4 and giving up only three hits.
Rylie Poppell closed out the game with one inning of action, striking out 1 batter and giving up no hits.
Leading batters for the Lady Tide were Ajmanni Jefferson, who went 2 for 2 with 2 singles and 1 RBI; Harrison, who went 2 for 3 with a double and a single, Murphy who was 1 for 2 with a double and 1 RBI; and Swindell, who went 1 for 3 with a double and 3 RBIs.
Chambliss praised his team again, especially a big play by Swindell to drive in three runs.
The Lady Tide take their 2-0 record to Savannah Monday to take on Jenkins at 5 p.m.