All good things must come to an end, and on Monday the Long County High School softball team’s five-game win streak was halted by McIntosh County.
Early on, it looked like the Lady Tide would continue their winning ways, but the Lady Buccaneers fought back to take the game, 5-3, in Ludowici.
Tuesday didn’t bring much better news, as the Lady Tide fell at Vidalia, 1-0.
Against McIntosh County, Lady Tide pitcher Harley Dawson went the distance, allowing five hits and three earned runs. Sam Garcia was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Katie Estill was 1 for 4 with an RBI, and Brittany Smiley was 1 for 3.
However, the Lady Tide’s defensive struggles keyed their losing an early 2-0 lead.
“We misplayed a few balls in the field, and you can’t do that and expect to beat a good team,” Long County head coach Brian Thomas said. “But we played pretty well and fought hard. It was a good game.” On Tuesday, Dawson again had a complete game, allowing four hits and one unearned run. Dawson and Garcia both batted 2 for 3.
“I thought that we played well. We just couldn’t get a clutch hit when we needed it,” Thomas said.
With the two losses, Long County fell to 8-10 overall and 6-6 in Region 2-AA. As of Thursday, the Lady Tide were sixth in the region standings behind Jeff Davis (13-2 overall, 9-1 in the region), Vidalia (11-5, 9-3), Bacon County (9-5, 7-3), Bryan County (8-6, 7-4) and Toombs County (9-8, 6-5).
The Lady Tide on Thursday were scheduled to face Jeff Davis in Hazlehurst. Results from the contest should be in Sunday’s paper.
On Saturday, Long County travels to Claxton for a non-region game against the Tigers at 10 a.m. On Monday, the Lady Tide hit the road again for more region action, taking on Bryan County at 5 p.m. in Pembroke.