The Long County Blue Tide baseball team has not hosted the state playoffs since 2003. They got one step closer when they defeated the Calvary Day Cavaliers 5-3 Tuesday in a Region 3-AAA matchup with state playoff implications.
Ryder Dawson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to give the Tide the 1-0 lead in the first inning. A wild pitch brought home courtesy runner Steven Wyatt for a 2-0 lead.
The Cavaliers tied the game 2-2 on a two-run double and took a 3-2 lead on a sacrifice.
Long County, 20-7, answered right back on Nick Sizemore’s RBI single, plating Roderick Randall with the tying run. Kenny Pickens followed with a RBI of his own to put the Tide back in front 4-3.
The game was held up for 30 minutes for a sun delay.
In the third inning, Pickens threw out a runner trying to steal second base, and the Tide cut off a rally in the fourth by getting another Cavs base runner in a rundown, and then getting a second runner straying too far off base.
Randall’s single off the pitcher’s glove in the sixth brought home an insurance run.
Calvary put two runners on with one out in the seventh, but Sizemore turned a double play to end the threat and the game.
With the win, the Tide have won 10 straight and have clinched at least the three seed in Region 3-AAA. This means they will avoid the Harlem Bulldogs, the only undefeated team in the state of Georgia, in the first round.
If they win Thursday, they will be the second seed in the state playoffs and will host the first round of the state playoffs for the first time since 2003.
The Tide will play the Cavaliers in Savannah on Thursday at Historic Grayson Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.