Thursday, the Long County High School softball team ended a three-game losing streak by beating St. Vincent’s Academy in Ludowici.
With ace pitcher Harley Dawson on the mound, the Lady Tide needed only three runs to defeat the Saints in a big 2-AA Region matchup. In seven innings, Dawson struck out nine batters and gave up only three walks.
“I thought our defense played great,” Long County head coach Brian Thomas said. “We did not make any errors in the field. I thought our offense did a better job of executing, especially early in the game.”
The leading hitters for the Lady Tide were Madalyn Flynn, who went 2 for 3, Brittany Smiley, 1 for 3 with two runs batted in, and Dawson, 1 for 3 with a double and one run batted in.
The region win was huge for the Lady Tide, who had lost five of their last six games.
“It was good to get a win and even better to get a region win.” Thomas said. “I think that this game will propel us into the second part of the season.”
Long County now sits at 7-6 overall and 3-3 in region, holding down the third spot in 2-AA behind Jeff Davis County (5-0), Bacon County (6-1), and Vidalia High School (3-2).
The girls played in a non-region tournament on Friday and Saturday, taking on Treutlen County (8-5) and Wheeler County (2-11). Results from those games were not available.
Monday, Long County travels to Hinesville to take on Bradwell Institute (3-11) at 6:30 p.m.