The Long County Blue Tide baseball team finally got back into the win column this week, beating the Savannah Country Day Hornets 8-4 Thursday.
The Tide dropped Tuesday’s road game against the Hornets 10-4, a game where the Tide had a no-hitter entering the fifth inning and allowed 10 runs in two innings to fall. They knew they needed to not only win, but win by seven or more runs to hold the tiebreaker over the Hornets.
Shannon Filkins reached first on an error before Nick Sizemore walked to put two on with one out. Filkins scored on an error from third to put the Tide up 1-0.
With two outs, Landon Runyon and Ryder Dawson recorded back-to-back RBI singles to put the Tide up 3-0 going into the second inning.
The Hornets got three hits and two base runners on hit batters in the top of the second, scoring two runs in the process. Runyon got two more strikeouts to get out of the inning.
Gio Jackson singled to bring home Roderick Randall and Sizemore followed up Jackson’s single RBI with a two-run single of his own to make the score 6-2
The Hornets again cut into the Tide’s lead in the third on bass-loaded, two-run single.
Sizemore took over the mound in the top of the fourth and recorded two strikeouts.
Filkins scored on a passed ball to make it 7-4, and Kenny Pickens double to the wall in center field brought in Sizemore for an 8-4 lead.
The Tide had chances to add to the lead in the fifth and sixth innings.
Sizemore allowed two hits over the next three innings and recorded four more strikeouts to earn the win on the mound.
In the bottom of the fifth, Elijah Lester got the fun started with a one-out double. Rogers followed that up with a walk as did Filkins to load the bases with two outs.
The Tide could not take advantage, however, on a close call at first.
The Tide loaded the bases in the sixth on two walks and Dawson’s bunt that was beyond the grasp of three Hornets fielders. But a diving catch of Randall’s rocket to center ended the threat.
The Tide improved to 11-7 and 3-3 in the region and will have a three-game series with Liberty County next week. In order to avoid the number four seed in the state playoffs and to have a chance to clinch a home game in the state playoffs, the Tide need to win their final six region games.
They play in Hinesville on Tuesday, March 28 and host the Panthers for Senior Night on Thursday, March 30.