The Long County High School baseball team ended a three-game skid on Friday with a solid, 4-2, win over Bryan County in Ludowici in a Region 2-AA contest.
Long County head coach Tyler Rogers said he was pleased with his team’s performance, but still knows that they can play better.
“We played solid defense and had a good showing on the mound … we still have some things to work on, but we are still in the (playoff) mix,” Rogers said.
Blue Tide pitchers Phillip Swindell and Tristan Goodro were dominant all day, combining to strike out 14 batters and allow only one hit. Swindell, who got the start, went six innings and struck out 12 batters, walking six and allowing two unearned runs. Goodro closed out the game, picking up the save in one inning of action, striking out two batters and walking one.
Long County batters found more sweet spots than they had in recent games, notching seven hits. Austin Mills went 2 for 3 for the Blue Tide, while Clay Strickland was 2 for 4, Cody Fleck and Swindell each were 1 for 2, and Zach Duncan was 1 for 3.
With the win, the Blue Tide improved their overall record to 7-7 and their region mark to 4-4. They were scheduled Tuesday to travel to Pearson for another region contest against Atkinson County. Results were not available at press time.
On Thursday, the Blue Tide will host a tough Tattnall County team in non-region action. As of Tuesday, the Battle Creek Warriors were 9-4 overall and 5-3 in Region 1-AAA. The game starts at 6 p.m.