Long County High snapped two losing streaks Wednesday by beating Brantley County, 8-4, in Ludowici. The win ended the Blue Tide’s five-game losing skid this season and ended an eight-game losing streak to the Herons.
“It’s always good to get a win. We needed to build some momentum going into region play next week,” Long County coach Tyler Rogers said.
Britt Crews got the start, throwing four innings and striking out eight. He gave up four hits, three walks, and allowed two runs. One was earned.
Brian Lester came in in the fifth inning, closing out the game and picking up the win. He gave up two hits, one walk and allowed two earned runs in three innings.
“Our defense was a lot better, it makes it easier (to win) when you are not giving the other teams free runs,” Rogers said.
The leading batter for the Blue Tide was Josh Gordon, who was 2 for 2 one run batted in. Christian Hall, Matt Strickland, and Tripp Stapleton also recorded hits.
Rogers said he was pleased with the effort, especially from some younger players.
“I’ve been impressed with these young freshmen guys who have been thrown into the fire early,” Rogers said. “They have accepted the challenge and performed pretty well.”
With the win, Long County improved to 2-5. The Blue Tide was back on the mound Thursday against Brunswick in Glynn County, but the game was rained out.
This Tuesday, Long County is home taking on Bacon County in the first Region 2-AA game of the year. The undefeated Raiders (5-0) are coming off a win over Montgomery County. That game is in Ludowici and it begins at 5 p.m.