As the old saying goes, “All good things must come to an end,” and for the Long County High School baseball team, the phrase applies to its win streak.
In a big Region 2-AA game Saturday in Hazelhurst, Jeff Davis topped the Blue Tide, 6-2, to end Long County’s win streak at six games. The loss was a big one for the Blue Tide, who could have moved into the second spot in the region with a victory. As of Monday, the top four 2-AA teams were Benedictine Military School (8-1 in the region and 13-2 overall), Jeff Davis (8-3, 11-5), Long County (7-4, 12-6) and Toombs County (6-4, 9-5).
Despite the loss, Long County head coach Brian Thomas said that his team performed well.
“I thought that we played a very good game … Jeff Davis just played better. We had several hits taken away by good defensive plays,” he said. Long County starting pitcher John Christiansen went 3 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and five runs, three of which were earned. Luke Golden and Cody Fleck finished out the game, combining for hitless and scoreless relief.
Fleck went 2 for 4 at the plate. Golden and Jacob Turner each went 1 for 3, and Clay Strickland was 1 for 1.
The Tide were scheduled to be back on the diamond Tuesday to face Benedictine in Savannah. Results from that game will be in Friday’s Courier.
On Friday, Long County has another big region game against always-tough Vidalia. However, as of Monday, the Indians had an overall record of 6-9 and a region mark of 4-6, meaning both teams need the win badly — Long County to hold on to its spot in the standings and Vidalia to make up ground. When the two teams played earlier this season, the Blue Tide won a competitive game, 9-6.
On paper, Long County appears to be the favorite. The Tide are putting up eight runs a night, compared to six by the Indians, while on defense Long County is only allowing four runs compared to the Indians’ six.
The game is in Vidalia, with the first pitch to be thrown at 6 p.m.