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Long County loses in extra innings
Long Countys Shane Deloach bunts the ball as Clay Strickland heads to second against Bacon County on Friday in Alma. - photo by Paula Golden

The Long County High School baseball team lost a heartbreaker to Bacon County, 9-8, last Friday in Alma.  
After falling behind 8-5, the Blue Tide rallied by scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to send the game into extra innings. But in the eighth inning, the Red Raiders closed the door on the Tide by holding them scoreless and scored the winning run shortly after.  
Leading batters for Long County were Shawn Mills who was 2 for 4 with a triple, Austin Simmons also went 2 for 4, and Tristan Goodroo went 2 for 3.
Chase Rogers got the start for the Blue Tide but didn’t record a decision, while Cody Fleck picked up the loss in relief.  
“It was a very exciting game. I’m proud of the way our guys fought all night. In the end, we just didn’t have enough,” Blue Tide head coach Brian Thomas said.  
With the loss, Long County fell to 6-5 overall and 2-3 in Region 2-AA, while Bacon improved to 2-8 and 2-3, respectively.
The Blue Tide’s game scheduled for last Saturday against Toombs County (4-3) was cancelled due to rain. The region contest was rescheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.  
On Tuesday, Long County was scheduled to travel to Metter in another 2-AA matchup. Results were not available in time for this story.  
Today, the Blue Tide are back on the road to take on New Hampstead in a rematch.  The two teams played last month in Ludowici. Long County man-handled the Phoenix in a 14-0 victory.  
Today’s game is at 4 p.m. in Savannah.

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