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Tide wrap up softball season
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The Long County High School softball team wrapped up its season last week.

On Thursday, the squad traveled to Reidsville and took on the Lady Warriors from Tattnall County. The Lady Tide lost 5-0.

"We could not lay off the pitchers rise ball. The sun was not the sole reason for our loss, but it definitely played a role in how we played," Blue Tide head coach, Jennifer Alfirov said.

According to the coach, Kelby Manning had a double, Kelly Long had a single and pitcher Kayla Mills struck out nine batters.

On Saturday, the ladies competed in the Region 2-AA tournament, picking up a win. They almost pulled off an upset over the eventual tournament champion, Pierce County.

In their first game on Saturday, the Lady Tide took on the Lady Bears. Long County lost 2-0.

"We played very well against Pierce County, but there was one not-so-good inning where they scored two runs," Alfirov said. "In the other innings, the girls played excellent defense."

She added, "I was proud of our girls, and Kayla Mills pitched an excellent game."

According to the coach, in batting, Mills and Kimber Sapp each had singles.

The Lady Bears went on to win the tournament, defeating Jeff Davis 7-6 in 10 innings.

The Lady Tide’s took on McIntosh County in the second game, picking up a 5-2 win.

The game was scoreless through four innings, but according to Alfirov, the Lady Tide came alive in the fifth.

Skylar Ogden got on base because of an error. Silvia Chihuahua walked on and Shelby Mock loaded the bases with a hit. Taylor Harrison singled and pinch-runner Miranda Taylor scored. The McIntosh pitcher walked Kelly Long, pushing a run across. Kayla Mills singled, bringing home Chihuahua and Harrison.

Mills then reached second base on a wild pitch and Kimber Sapp followed with a single to bring Mills home.

As for pitching, Mills allowed three hits and struck out seven.

In the ladies’ final game of the day, they lost 12-0 to the tournament runner-up, Jeff Davis High School.

According to Alfirov, the Yellow Jackets were on top of their game.

"The game for Jeff Davis didn’t start until 9:30 p.m. We were exhausted. Kayla Mills threw harder than I have seen her throw in a long time, and struck out five," the coach said.

She added, "She was there to give it her all for the last game of the season."

For the year, the Lady Tide finished with an overall record of 5-11 and a Region 2-AA record of 2-7.

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