Long County High’s Lady Tide picked up their second 2-AA Region win of the year Tuesday, pounding McIntosh County, 18-0. But on Thursday they fell to St. Vincent’s Academy, 2-1, posting their fifth region defeat.
Playing in Darien Tuesday, pitcher Harley Dawson got the start and win against the Lady Buccaneers and went three innings before the mercy rule ended the game. Dawson allowed only two hits while striking out seven batters.
She also put up the game’s highlight, slamming a four-run grand slam. Other notable batters included Caitlyn Wingate, who was 2-for-2 at the plate, and Katie Estill, 1-for-2 with a double. Ch’Hyya Wright and Rylie Poppell each had singles.
Head coach Brian Thomas said he was pleased with how his team played and glad to pick up another region win.
“It was nice to get a region win,” the coach said. “Hopefully that will propel us forward into the second half of our region schedule.”
Thursday, the Lady Tide played St. Vincent’s in Savannah. The game was more evenly matched than Tuesday’s. The game was scoreless for five innings. Long County went up one in the top of the sixth, but didn’t hold the lead long as the Saints posted two runs in the bottom of the inning, which ended up being enough to secure the win.
Dawson went the full game, allowing two earned runs, two hits and three walks. She struck out eight. The Lady Tide’s leading batters were Makaylee Fowler, Tityanna Wilson, Poppell, Wingate and Dawson, all 1-for-3 at the plate.
“We struggled a bit on offense today,” Thomas said. “I’ll give St. Vincent’s a lot of credit. They had a good game plan for us and executed it well.”
Long County now has a 9-6 overall record and 2-5 in the region.
Friday, the Lady Tide were to face Cook County (4-3) and Wheeler County (3-9) in Hazlehurst. Results for those games were not available.