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Tide softball loses to Pierce County
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Playing in front of the home crowd, the Long County High School girls varsity softball team lost a hard fought battle to the Pierce County Lady Bears on Tuesday, 2-0.
The contest came down to a pitching duel between the Lady Bears’ senior Jessica Thorton and Blue Tide freshman Kayla Mills.
Both teams were unable to muster much offense through the first two innings, but in the bottom of the third, right-fielder Kelly Long got in scoring position at third base, and it looked like Long County would get on the board.  However, Bear pitcher Thorton tightened the reins, and struck out the final batter to end the inning with both teams still having goose eggs.
Pierce County scored a single run in the top of the fourth, but in the bottom of the inning, the Blue Tide ladies once again put a runner in scoring position.  However, when Brittany Lee tried to go home from third, she got caught in a rundown and was tagged out for the final out.
Pierce County scored one more run in the top of the sixth, and that was enough to pull out the narrow 2-0 win over the Blue Tide girls.
“I thought the team did well, bouncing back tonight,” head coach Cindy Mills said. “We are a young team and we need to win the small battles to make us better.”
Mills also said she expects her seniors to step up this year, and be leaders on the team.
The team’s overall record is now 3-4, and their 2-AA region record is 1-2.
Their next game was scheduled for Thursday when they were to travel to Savannah to take on the Savannah Christian Red Raiders at 5 p.m.
As the softball team’s season gets in full flow, they will have more support this year, with the creation of the “Elite Diamond Boosters.”
The booster club was created to help raise money for the team and any family can join for $10. The members also will operate the concession stand at home games, to help with the program.
The officers of the club are Shawn Mills, president; Gary Sapp, vice president; Sherry Long, treasurer; and Kelli Mock, secretary.
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