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Runyon's strong start helps Tide snap skid
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The Long County Blue Tide baseball team had lost two straight with losses to Bacon County and Islands last week. They got back on track with a dominant showing against Brantley County on Monday, winning 6-0.

Senior Landon Runyon was big on the mound for the Tide, going six innings and striking out eight on his way to the shutout victory. He allowed just one hit and that did not come until the fifth inning.

In the bottom of the first, Jamison Thomas walked and stole second before being moved to third. Runyon brought him home with a sacrifice RBI to give the Tide a 1-0 lead.

Runyon struck out two in the second and another in the third before making an impressive play with fellow senior Elijah Lester to get the second out.

Lester fielded a ground ball and flipped it back behind his back to a running Runyon, who tagged first base just in time to get the out.

Freshman Isaiah Miller opened the bottom of the third with a single and Thomas brought him home with a triple down the third base line.

Shannon Filkins singled to score Thomas and attempted to go to second, but was thrown out. After singles from Runyon and Kenny Pickens, Lester doubled to bring home Runyon as the Tide held a 4-0 lead going into the fourth inning.

After another two-strikeout inning by Runyon, Anthony Bramwell and Miller both singled to get things started in the bottom of the fourth.

With two outs on the board, Thomas brought home two more RBIs with a single to make the score 6-0.

Over the next two innings, Runyon struck out three more Herons. He walked one in the seventh, bringing on Filkins to close out the game.

With the win, the 10th-ranked Tide moved to 7-3 on the season and travel to Nahunta on Thursday to play the Herons again. They will be back at home on Tuesday, March 12 to host Savannah Christian in the first of two games in the opening region series. 

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