Long County’s baseball team lost nine of its last 10 games and dropped five in a row before last Friday’s game against Tattnall County. However, despite the dismal record, the Blue Tide beat Reidsville’s Battle Creek Warriors, coming back from a 5-0 deficit to win 12-9.
Blue Tide head coach Brian Thomas said, "It feels great. I’m happier than I have been all year. Being down 5-0, and to comeback against a good Tattnall County team feels great."
During the first 3 innings, the Warriors put up 5 runs and managed 8 hits. The Tide were shutout and only got on base twice.
In the fourth inning, the Tattnall County team added two more runs to extend their lead to five.
However, in the bottom of that inning, Long County’s comeback began. The team put up four hits, led by doubles from Tommy Freeman and Bryan Wingate, and singles from Ricky Rivera and Caleb Gaitten. Soon, the Tide scored six runs to go up 6-5.
In the top of the fifth inning, Tattnall County added two more runs and went up by one. In the bottom of the inning, though, the Tide picked up where they left off in the fourth.
Stevie Harrison and Gaitten both had line drives down the third base line for doubles and Jake Durham and Rivera each added singles. The Blue Tide scored six more in that inning to go back on top, 12-7.
The Warriors added a couple more in the sixth, but that was all they could muster. The Tide won the game 12-9.
In the contest, Tattnall County had 12 hits, while Long County had 10 hits. Both teams committed one error apiece and pitcher Freeman got the win for the Tide.
Regarding the remainder of the season, Thomas said, "I hope this win springboards us to some wins as we enter the second half of our region schedule."
Last night, the Blue Tide played a region game against McIntosh County but results were not available at press time. A full story on that game will be in Friday’s Coastal Courier.
This Friday, the Tide takes on Benedictine Military Academy. The Cadets are looking to avenge a 12-6 loss to the Blue Tide earlier this season.
The game is in Savannah and starts at 4 p.m.