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Long Co. Blue Tide lose region contest
The 2009 Blue Tide seniors were honored Friday during the team’s final home game. - photo by Photo by Patricia Durham

LUDOWICI — The Long County High School Baseball Team (7-15) lost a big game Friday night to Brantley County High School, 8-1.

The loss was huge to both teams as it moved the Herons into fourth place in Region 2-AA and knocked the Blue Tide into fifth. The top four teams in each region advance to the state tournament.

Also Friday, seniors were recognized; outfielder Eric Hadley, outfielder Stevie Harrison, second baseman Brandon Murphy, outfielder Ricky Rivera, catcher Shane White, outfielder Kaleb Gaitten and pitcher Tyler Chambless.

On Monday, the Tide traveled to Savannah to take on the Calvary Day Cavaliers, and lost, 15-5 in six innings. The non-region game did not hurt the team’s run for the state play-offs.

Tuesday, however, the team had a must-win game in Reidsville against Tattnall County. A loss to the Battle Creek Warriors would just about end the Tide’s chance for a top-four finish in the region.

The Warriors had an overall record of 7-16 and a region record of 4-10. In their first game this year, Long County won 12-9.

On Thursday, the Tide will
finish the regular season with a region game against McIntosh County. The Buccaneers have been eliminated from the state tournament, but still want to avenge a loss to the Blue Tide last month.

In that game the Ludowici team squeaked out a tough 8-7 win, and in hindsight, that win now is the difference in the Bucs having a chance at finishing in the top four.

The game is in Darien and starts at 6 p.m.

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