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Long Co. sweeps St. Vincents
Pitcher Caitlyn Wingate had a good week for Long County High School. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

Long County High School swept St. Vincent’s Academy in a Region 2-AA softball doubleheader Thursday in Ludowici.
In the first game the Lady Tide (9-8, 4-5) overwhelmed the Saints 17-2. In the second game they shut SVA out 10-0.  Pitcher Caitlyn Wingate notched the wins in both games.
“Caitlyn did an outstanding job in the circle for us. After the first inning she settled in and took control of both games,” Lady Tide coach Brian Thomas said.
Despite fighting rain throughout both games, the Lady Tide had one of their best days of the season.
“I was happy with the way we handled the tough field conditions,” Thomas said. “We were patient at the plate and took advantage of a few of their mistakes. In the second game I thought we played better. We had a few more hits and played really well on defense.”
On Tuesday, the Lady Tide also had a pretty good day, splitting a two-game series with McIntosh County Academy in Darien.
The Lady Tide stunned the Lady Bucs in the early game, 8-1.  Wingate picked up the win while Harley Dawson closed out the contest to pick up the save.
Both pitchers were on the spot for the entire game, allowing McIntosh County just three hits.  Brittany Smiley, Taylor Poole, and Alyssa Anderson led the Tide in batting with Smiley going 2 for 3, Poole going 1for 3 with two RBI’s, and Anderson going 1 for 4 with an RBI.  
In the second game, the Lady Tide wasn’t able to match their earlier performance as the Lady Bucs won the game 9-1. Dawson picked up the loss.  Wingate went 2 for 2 at the plate, while Smiley was 1 for 3.  
Though Long County wasn’t able to get a sweep, Thomas was pleased with his team’s effort against the top team in Region 2-AA.
“Winning region games on the road is a very difficult task, to get one win today was very satisfying. We would have loved to have won both, but we ran out of gas in the second game,” he said.
The Blue Tide travel  to Hinesville on Tuesday to take on Bradwell Institute in a nonregion double-header. The first game begins at 4:30 PM.
(Go to to see more pictures from the St. Vincent’s’ game.)

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