Although the Blue Tide baseball team won six of its last eight games against Tattnall County, the Battle Creek Warriors turned things around Friday, snapping a two-game skid and beating Long County, 11-5.
The losing pitcher for Long County was Tommy Freeman, who struggled early and wasn’t able to make it out of the seconding inning. The Tide’s leading hitters were Jake Durham, who went two for four with two runs scored, and Bryan Wingate, who was two for three with three RBIs.
"This was a very disappointing loss for us," Blue Tide head coach Brian Thomas said. "We had one tough inning and we were not able to rebound from it, but Tattnall County deserves a lot of credit. They played very well."
The game was the second region loss in a row for the Blue Tide and it dropped their 2-AA mark to 1-5. Long County is 5-7 overall.
On Tuesday, the Tide faced McIntosh County, another tough region opponent. The Bucs went into the game on a two-game winning streak, including a 10-2 victory over Benedictine Military School. McIntosh’s record stood at 9-6 overall and 4-3 in Region 2-AA. For results from that game, see Friday’s Courier.
Next week, the Tide travel to Blackshear to take on the Region 2-AA Pierce County Bears. Currently, the Bears are 6-8 overall, but their region mark is 5-2, which puts them in the No. 2 spot in 2-AA, behind Appling County, who is 6-1 (10-3 overall). Earlier this month, the Bears beat the Tide 11-2 in Ludowici, so Long County is seeking revenge in addition to another region win.
Tuesday’s game in Blackshear starts at 6 p.m.