Long County High School edged Groves, 5-4, on Thursday in a non-region baseball game in Ludowici.
Behind the pitching of Shawn Milles and steady infield play, the Blue Tide took a 4-0 lead into the fourth inning.
The Rebels bounced back to tie the score in the sixth inning, setting the stage for a smart play by senior Chris Stock.
Stock walked in the bottom of the sixth and went to second on a sacrifice bunt from Jonathan Flynn. As Stock ran to second, he saw the third baseman had left the bag unattended and headed for third.
The throw to third was off, and Stock was able to round third and score the winning run.
Mills threw five innings, giving up one earned run and three unearned runs. Jacob Turner held Groves scoreless in two innings of relief to pick up his third win of the season.
“Our pitching was solid,” Long County coach Brian Thomas said.
Clint Kennedy was 2 for 2 at the plate. Stock walked three times and scored three of Long County’s runs.
The Blue Tide improved to 5-8 overall and 1-5 in Region 2-AA. The team will get a chance to improve its region record tonight in Nahunta when Long County plays Brantley County.
The Herons bring a 6-2 overall record into the game and a 4-2 Region 2-AA mark.
“We are preparing for a very good Brantley County team,” Thomas said. “They are well-coached and play with a lot of heart. Playing them in Nahunta can be a very difficult assignment, but we are working hard to get ready for the challenge. I’m looking for our players to be focused and very motivated. It should be a fun and exciting game.”
The game begins at 6 p.m.