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Tide must win out to make playoffs
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Long County first baseman Brian Wingate - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Long County lost 5-2 to Charlton County in Ludowici on Friday.  
The Blue Tide falls to 2-7 in Region 2-AA, three games behind the Charlton County Indians for the fourth and final state playoff spot.
“We had our chance to win, but two or three mistakes broke our back,” Long County coach Wayne Sasser said. “We can’t make mistakes like we do and win games.”
After falling behind 2-0 in the third inning, Brandon Simmons tied the game with a triple.
The Indians took back the lead, 3-2, in the fifth inning.
The Blue Tide had its opportunities in the game but never capitalized on them.  
In the bottom of the sixth with one out, they had runners on first and second but the Indians escaped the inning with a strike out and a pop-fly.
The Indians padded their lead with three runs in the seventh inning.
The Tide had scoring opportunities in the bottom of the seventh but again failed to capitalize.
With Brandon Smith and Paul Lewandoski on base with no outs, Shane White slammed a ball between center and left field. It looked like a run was going to be score, but center fielder Michael Boatright made the play of the game, diving to catch the fly ball, putting the nail in the coffin.  
Despite the loss, Sasser is still hopeful of the team making the playoffs.
“We figured it would take seven region wins to make the playoffs,” he said. “We have two. We need to win every game to have a chance. We’ll see.”
Long County played Brantley County Tuesday, but the game was not complete in time for press. The Tide travels to Hazelhurst Friday to play Jeff Davis at 6 p.m.

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