The Long County High School baseball team picked up its third win in a row last Saturday, beating Benedictine Military School 6-0.
Tide pitcher David Shuman went five innings against the Cadets to pick up the win. He gave Ludowici fans a lot to cheer about as he struck out six batters, allowed no runs and gave up only three hits. The Tide’s leading batters were Richard "Rat" Johnson, who went three of four, and Tommy Freeman and Brandon McManus, who both were one of two at the plate.
After the game, head coach Brian Thomas praised his team and talked about the Tide’s recent success. "It has been really great to win three games in a row," he said. "I think that our players are starting to see that they can be successful and becoming more confident in their own abilities."
During the Blue Tide’s recent winning streak, the squad has outscored its opponents 24-6, and brought its overall record up to .500 with a 10-10 mark. The Tide also has improved its Region 2-AA record to 4-8. With this upswing, Long County whittled away the distance they need to land the coveted fourth spot in the standings, which would put them in the playoffs. The Tide is now only one and a half games behind McIntosh and Brantley counties, who are both 5-6 in the region.
Today, the Tide plays at home against Windsor Forrest High School. When the teams met in Savannah earlier this season, Long County defeated the Knights, 9-1. Windsor Forrest comes into today’s game with an overall record of 1-10, and a Region 3-AAAAA mark of 1-5. The Knights are struggling at the plate, averaging 2 runs a game. They are allowing 12 runs to be scored against them.
The Tide, on the other hand, is putting up 6 runs a night and allowing 5 to be scored on them.
Tonight’s game is in Ludowici starts at 6. Yesterday, Long County faced Groves High School but results from the game were not available at press time. Results from the Groves and Windsor Forest games will be in Friday’s Courier.