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Long County loses to Savannah Christian
On base: Blue Tide third baseman Kimber Sapp sets up as a Savannah Christian runner stands at second. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Going into Thursday night’s game. head coach Cindy Mills knew she would be able to see how far her young team had come this year. They were about to take on the Savannah Christian Red Raiders for the second time.
The Lady Raiders brought an 18-3 record into the game, and were leading in the 2-AA Region standings with a 9-1 record. They had beaten the Lady Tide 10-0 in their first contest.
The Long County team came up a little short and lost the game, 3-0, but they did show their coach and the hometown crowd they were getting better every week.
Riding the pitching of freshman Kayla Mills, the Blue Tide Ladies hung in there with the tough Raiders, and at the end of three innings the game was still scoreless.
However, in the fourth inning the visitors were able to put up two runs, and after a scoreless fifth inning, Savannah was leading 2-0.
In the top of the sixth inning, the first Raider batter flew out to left field, while the second and third batters were thrown out at first. But the Lady Tide could fair no better as all three of their batters were sent back to the dugout via strikeouts.
In the top seventh inning, the Raider team was able to add another run, and the final score ended up being 3-0.
For the game, the Lady Red Raiders had five hits, no errors and scored three runs, while the Lady Tide had a single hit by pitcher Kayla Mills, two errors and were unable to cross home plate.
Mills said she was especially pleased with the defensive play of center fielder Brittany Mills, and the overall defensive effort of the entire team.
“Most of our games are closer now, and we’re not having as many loose first innings as we were earlier in the year”, said Mills.
The Long County ladies are now 4-11 overall, and will be taking on Jeff Davis County (12-4) Tuesday in Ludowici at 5:30 p.m. 
In their first meeting, the Blue Tide Ladies lost a heartbreaker by a score of 2-1, and will be trying to get back on the winning track at the Yellow Jackets expense.
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