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Lady Tide begins playoffs Thursday
The Lady Tide softball team begins its quest for a Region 2-AA title and a trip to the state tournament by playing Bryan County on Thursday in Hazlehurst. - photo by Photo provided.

The Long County High School softball team on Thursday will begin its quest for a Region 2-AA title and a trip to the state tournament.
The Lady Tide face Bryan County at 5 p.m. at Jeff Davis High School in Hazlehurst.  
Though the Lady Redskins in recent years have dominated the series between the two teams, having won nine of the past 10 games, this year the Lady Tide narrowed that gap. When the two teams met in August, the Redskins won, 3-1. But when they met in September, the Lady Tide won, 13-12.  
Long County made the playoffs this year by posting the program’s best region record in 10 years. The Lady Tide finished the regular season as the No. 5 seed with a 14-12 overall record and a 10-8 region mark.  Bryan County also had a good year, going into the region tournament as the No. 4 seed with a 15-10 overall mark and an 11-6 region record.
On paper, the teams appear evenly matched. The Redskins have a slight edge in scoring, while the Lady Tide has the edge defensively. Bryan County is putting up 6.9 runs a game, while Long County is scoring 5.6. However, Long County is allowing only 3.8 runs a night, compared to Bryan County’s 4.9 runs.  
According to, the Lady Tide are ranked No. 21 in AA, while Redskins are ranked No. 15.

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