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Long County loses by one to Savannah Christian
Center fielder Paul Lewandowski went 4-5 in the game against Savannah Christian, but it wasn’t enough as the Blue Tide lost a nail-biter 11-12 on Tuesday. - photo by Mike Riddle / Coastal Courier
The Blue Tide Baseball team won’t make the playoffs this year. But they have proven they can compete with any team, as they narrowly lost to the Savannah Christian Academy’s Raiders 11-12 Tuesday night, which is almost the exact score (10-11) they lost to the Pierce County Bears earlier this month.
The two top teams in the 2-AA Region are clearly Pierce County and Savannah Christian Academy, the Bears are 22-2 with a region record of 12-1 and the Red Raiders are 15-8 and 10-3 in the region.
Traveling to Savannah, the Tide made it into the bottom of the seventh inning with a chance to pull out an upset, but Red Raider, Jordon Hill singled in the game winning run, sending Long County to the showers with a long ride back to Ludowici.
“This was the most exciting game that we have played thus far,” Blue Tide head coach Brian Thomas said. “We played really well. It just happened that Savannah Christian played a little better.”
The coach added, “It was really a heart-breaking loss”.
The leading hitters for the Blue Tide were outfielder Paul Lewandowski, who was 4 for 5, left-hander Stetson Strickland and first baseman Bryan Wingate, who both went 3 for 4. Senior John Lindsay, who was 1 for 1, hit the lone Tide homerun for 2 runs.
Raider leaders were Hill, who went 2-4 with 3 RBI, third baseman Jonathan Heser who was 2-3 with a single RBI, and right-hander Nate Sisolak, who was 2-3 with 3 RBI and a homerun.
Long County now has an overall record of 13-11, and a Region 2-AA record of 5-8.
The Tide has its final game tonight in Ludowici against McIntosh County. The Buccaneers come into the game with an overall mark of 9-15, and a 2-AA Region record of 3-10.  
In the two teams’ first game, the Blue Tide thumped the Bucs handily, 14-0. Game time tonight is 6.
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