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Long bats continue to put up runs as Blue Tide win 5th in a row
Bryan Wingate had one of the big bats for Long County this past Wednesday. The right-hander went 2-5, with 4 RBI and a HR as the Tide beat Groves High School 21-7. - photo by Mike Riddle / Coastal Courier
Long Bats Continue to Put Up Runs as Blue Tide Wins 5th in a Row
The Long County High School baseball team won their fifth game in a row Wednesday as they beat up on Groves High School.  Despite being down only 10-7 in the sixth inning, the Rebels fell apart down the stretch and lost to the Blue Tide 21-7.
Having to travel to Savannah, the Blue Tide once again showed they appear to have the bats to score against anybody, and the pitching to stay in just about any game.
Pitcher Stetson Strickland (2-0) got the win, as the Ludowici team was led on offense by Paul Lewandoski, Bryan Wingate and Ryan Simmons.
Lewandoski went 3-4 and had 5 RBI, Wingate went 2-5 with 4    RBI, and a homerun, and Ryan Simmons had the big bat for the night going 5 for 5, with 3 RBI and a homerun.
Groves was led on offense by Eric Green who put up two hits, and Cody Penfield who hit a homerun.
“It was a much closer game than the score indicated,” Blue Tide head coach Brian Thomas said. “Groves was really tough and played with a lot of heart.”
Over the Tide’s five-game streak they have scored 72 runs, averaging over 14 per game.
The win improved the Tide’s record to 5-1, and the team began their 2-AA Region games Friday, as they had to take on Pierce County.
The Bears came into that game undefeated having a 6-0 record, and were 1-0 in the 2-AA Region.  
Earlier in the week Thomas said, “We know that Pierce is a really good team, and we have a lot of respect for how they do things over there. We’re looking forward to the test.”
A story on that game will be in Wednesday’s Courier.
Long County plays their second region game Tuesday at home against Charlton County High School.  The Indians come into the game with an overall record of 3-2, and a Region 2-AA Record of 0-1.  First pitch will be at 6 p.m.
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