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Long County Beats Groves, Loses to Appling
First baseman Luke Golden waits on the ball as the runner dives for the bag. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

The Long County High School baseball team won one of the back-to-back games at home last week.

On Thursday, the Blue Tide faced Groves High School, and the night was also Breast Cancer Awareness Night at the ballpark. Players wore pink ribbons to show support for the cause. The Tide soundly defeated the Savannah team 12-4.

The loss dropped the Pirates’ record to 4-12 overall and 3-3 in the 3-AAAAA Region.

On Friday, Long County had a big region game, taking on Appling County, which is recognized as king of the heap in the 2-AA. Even though these Pirates were clearly the best team in the region, the Tide had hopes for an upset after they narrowly lost to them last month, 3-2.

The Tide started Richard "Rat" Johnson on the mound, but he had a loose first inning, giving up three runs to the team from Baxley. In the bottom of that same inning the Blue and White scored two runs making the score 3-2, and it appeared the game was going to be another tight one.

Sometimes looks can be deceiving. Appling began to incrementally increase the lead with two more runs in the second inning, one in the third, six in the fourth and three in the fifth. When the night ended, the Pirates had shown why they were the best team in the region, with a solid 15-2 win over the out-manned Blue Tide.

With the victory, the Pirates improved their region mark to 10-1 and their overall record to 16-3. The Blue Tide, on the other hand, fell in the region to 2-7 and overall dropped to 7-9.

The Tide were back at home Tuesday night and faced the tough Jeff Davis Yellow Jackets. The Jackets have had the Tide’s number in recent years, having won their past 10 games.

Through 16 games this year, Jeff Davis had scored 106 runs, averaging 6.6 runs a game, while on defense they allowed 94 runs for a 5.9 run average. During the same span, the Blue Tide has scored 90 runs on offense, or 6 runs, and allowed 80 runs or 5.3 runs a game.

The Yellow Jackets were holding on to the second spot in the 2-AA with a 7-2 record, while their overall record was 10-6.

Tonight the Tide travel to Savannah to take on the Knights of Windsor Forest High School (1-7); that game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Results for both the Jeff Davis game and the Windsor Forest game will be in Friday’s Courier.

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