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Tide pick up region win with shutout
Tide batter Richard "Rat" Johnson crushed a ball over the centerfield in the Blue Tide's 7-0 win over Charlton County. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

The Long County High School baseball team picked up its first Region 2-AA win Tuesday, defeating Charlton County 7-0.

Playing in front of home fans in Ludowici, the Blue Tide jumped to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. In the top of the second, Charlton went three and out, and the Tide went back to work.

In the third inning, Long County’s Brandon Hope got a base hit and Richard "Rat" Johnson crushed a ball over the centerfield wall to bring himself and Hope in, putting the Tide up 4-0.

In the fourth, thanks to solid pitching from Bryan Wingate and great fielding from the Tide outfield, the Indians went three and out. In the bottom of the fourth, Hope added another single and Luke Golden got a base hit. Johnson added a double and the Tide put up three more runs, making the score 7-0.

In the top of the fifth inning, the Indians loaded the bases, but never managed to score, allowing the Tide a shutout.

Wingate was the winning pitcher and Johnson was the leading batter. He went two for four at bat with a double and a homerun.

The Blue Tide put up seven hits and committed only one error. The Indians also had a lone error and managed four hits.

"That was our first complete game. We had a great defensive effort, only having one error. It was just a great performance," said Blue Tide head coach Brian Thomas. "Nick Moody played great at second base. ‘Rat’ was our leading hitter. I think he was two for four with a homerun, and Bryan pitched the complete game and got the shutout."

With the win, the Tide improved their overall record to 4-5 and their Region 2-AA record to 1-3.

Today, Long County is in Hinesville to take on Bradwell Institute (2-5) in a rematch. When the teams met earlier this month, they went into extra innings before the Tide won 10-9.

Today’s game is at 5 p.m.

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