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Lady Tide start with scrimmage, game vs. Brunswick
On Thursday the Long County softball team will take on Brunswick in a scrimmage in Ludowici. It will be the first real game of the season for the Lady Tide, who will be leaning on the pitching of Bailey Harrison, Ainsley Dawson, and Rylie Poppell (pictured here). - photo by Mikee Riddle

The Long County softball team will host a scrimmage at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against Brunswick.
Last year, the Lady Tide posted an impressive 17-12 overall record and pulled off a huge upset over Vidalia, who was the No. 1 team in the state and undefeated before that game.

At the conclusion of the season, Long County lost a lot of talent to graduation, so this will be a rebuilding year. But even though the team may not have the talent it did last year, no one is questioning this team’s heart or work ethic.
Head coach Brian Thomas said he expects the players to give 100 percent every time they take the field.
“We have a young bunch this year, but they are a hard working bunch too,” he said. “I expect us to get better each week and compete in every game.”

Thomas said pitching will not focus on any one person, but be handled by Rylie Poppell, Bailey Harrison and Ainsley Dawson. Poppell and Dawson saw action in last week’s alumni game, and even though the game didn’t go in the books, Thomas said he was pleased with both of their efforts.
“I thought Rylie and Ainsley did a good job in the circle,” Thomas said. “We did not have a single walk and that is what we have been struggling with this summer.”

Though tomorrow’s game against the Lady Pirates is just a scrimmage, on Monday the same teams will open each other’s season. That game is in Glynn County at Coastal Georgia College. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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