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Long County rolls on, tops Liberty 4-0
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Long County first baseman Elizabeth Hewitt fields a bunt from a Liberty County batter on Monday in Ludowici. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

Long County continued to roll Monday, picking up its fourth win in a row by beating Liberty County 4-0 in high-school softball action in Ludowici.  

The game was scoreless through 2½ innings, but in the bottom of the third, the Lady Tide scored two runs off three hits and two errors by the Lady Panthers. In the bottom of the fifth inning, with Caitlyn Wingate on base, Rylie Poppell slammed a big triple to score Wingate. Makaylee Fowler followed with a single down the third-base line to send Poppell in for the score.  

Long County had six hits, while Liberty County could muster only one hit against Lady Tide starter Harley Dawson. The Lady Panthers also committed three errors, while the Lady Tide had none. Fowler had three hits and Dawson had two.

Blue Tide head coach Brian Thomas said he was proud of his team and that the Lady Tide were only able to get the win by playing smart.
“We played good on defense and didn’t give away any free bases,” he said. “We also executed well on offense when we had runners in position to score.”

On Saturday, Long County played a doubleheader against New Hampstead in Bloomingdale.  The Lady Tide were outstanding in both contests, beating the Phoenix 16-1 in the early game and 10-2 in the afternoon game. Prior to Tuesday’s action, Long County was on a tear, winning four straight games by a total score of 43-4. After the win over Liberty, Long County was 8-3 overall and 1-2 in Region 2-AA. The Lady Panthers fell to 3-5 overall.

On Tuesday, Long County was scheduled to have a big region matchup at Vidalia. Results were not available at press time.

On Thursday, both Long County and Liberty County are back on the diamond, with the Lady Panthers taking on Burke County (1-5 as of Monday) in Waynesboro, and the Lady Tide taking on Bacon County (4-3) in Ludowici. Both games are scheduled for 4 p.m.

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