The Long County High School baseball team defeated Vidalia, 5-3, on Friday in Ludowici in a big Region 2-AA showdown.
The Blue Tide improved their overall record to 4-4 and their region record to 2-2.
Phillip Swindell got the start and the win for Long. Swindell went five innings, striking out four batters, walking five and allowing six hits and three earned runs. Tristan Goodro got the save, recording one strikeout, one walk and a hit.
Swindell also had a good night at the plate, going 2 for 3. Josh Gordon, Cody Fleck and Goodro each went 1 for 3.
Blue Tide head coach Tyler Rogers said his team came out flat, but worked through the difficulties. He also said that a few timely hits and a couple of breaks were big.
“Vidalia is a great baseball program. Coach Greg James is one of the most respected coaches in the region. A win against a program and coach of that nature is always a big one,” Rogers said.
With the loss, Vidalia fell to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in the region.
Long County was scheduled to play Monday at Brunswick High School in non-region action and Bacon County on Tuesday in Ludowici. Results from these games will be in an upcoming Coastal Courier.
On Friday, the Blue Tide hit the road to take on Toombs County in more region action. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Bulldogs had yet to win a game, sitting at 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the region. That game starts at 5:45 p.m. in Lyons.