The Long County High School baseball team dropped a 4-0 Region 2-AA contest to Benedictine Military School on Tuesday in Savannah.
With the loss, the Blue Tide fell to 12-7 overall and 7-5 in the region. Benedictine improved to 15-2 overall and 9-2 in the region.
Long County struggled at the plate with their leading batters — John Christiansen, Clay Strickland and Jacob Turner — each going just 1 for 3.
Starting pitcher Luke Golden picked up the loss.
“I would have to say that we played pretty well, but not well enough to overcome a really good BC team,” Long County head coach Brian Thomas said.
He said his players need to bring “high energy and a lot of enthusiasm” into their games against big-time opponents if they are going to turn some of those close losses into wins.
“Our team feeds off positive energy,” Thomas said.
Prior to the loss, Long County was in third place in the region standings, but with the defeat, the Tide fell into the fourth spot, a half-game behind Toombs County.
Vidalia, which is in the fifth spot, is breathing down the Blue Tide’s neck at 5-6 in the region and 7-9 overall. Today, the Tide and the Indians are back on the diamond facing each other for the second time this season. Statistically, the Blue and White appears to be the stronger team on both offense and defense, averaging eight runs a game while giving up four runs a night, while Vidalia is putting up seven runs a game and giving up six.
The Indians have won three of the past four meetings between the two teams, but last month, the Tide beat them, 9-6, on the road.
Today’s showdown starts at 6 p.m. in Ludowici.