LUDOWICI — On a night that seemed more appropriate for football than baseball, the Long County High School Baseball team won its first 2-AA Region game.
Tuesday playing in the cold in front of hometown fans, Long County defeated the Benedictine Military Academy 12-6.
In the top of first, Blue Tide pitcher Bryan Wingate came out slinging and held the Cadets in check. The Blue Tide, on the other hand, had big plays in the inning, including a picture perfect bunt by Richard Johnson and a double by Wingate.
The Cadets also made four errors in the inning, resulting in Long County scoring six runs.
The Tide added three runs in the second and Wingate was about as solid as he could be through three innings, not giving up a hit.So at the end of three, the Tide on top 9-0.
The Cadets scored four in the top of the fourth to narrow the gap, but in the bottom of the same inning the Blue and White added two.
Wingate lasted through six innings, and the Tide was up 12-4 going into the seventh. Reliever Stevie Harrison came in to wrap up the game and even though the Cadets scored two more runs, it wasn’t enough
In the game, Long County had 6 hits and 4 errors, while Benedictine had 3 hits and 5 errors.
Wingate got the win, while Winn Moore for the Cadets picked up the loss.
"The team played great. We came together as a team tonight and a lot of different players made key contributions in the win," Blue Tide head coach Brian Thomas said.
Last Friday, the took on Savannah Christian in Savannah, but the results were a lot different as the Long County team lost 13-4.
In that game, the Tide’s leading batters were Brandon McManus and Shane White, who both were 1 for 2.
The Blue Tide now sits at 1-0 in the region, and has a 1-3 overall record.
Tonight Long County travels to Blackshear to take on Pierce County. That game starts at 6.