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Yellow Jackets sting; Tide sink Knights
Pitcher Jake Durham was one of three Blue Tide players to take the mound against Jeff Davis Tuesday. Despite the seniors efforts, the Yellow Jackets won, 17-5. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

The Long County High School baseball team lost to the Jeff Davis Yellow Jackets Tuesday, but bounced back on Wednesday to defeat Windsor Forrest High School.

On Tuesday, playing in front of the home fans, the Blue Tide was hoping to pull out an upset over the Hazlehurst team. Unfortunately the Jackets’ Allan Browning nailed two home-runs, leading the visiting team to a 17-5 victory.

The game was close early, tied 2-2, going into the top third inning, but five runs in the fifth and four more over the sixth and seventh gave the Jackets a commanding 11-2 lead.

The Blue Tide didn’t quit, scoring three in the bottom of the fifth to narrow the gap to 11-5, but Jeff Davis nailed the coffin shut in the final inning

"Recently we’ve played the best teams in the region and we’ve come up short," Blue Tide head coach Brian Thomas said. "We have to keep battling back because we have better baseball games in us. We just have to keep focusing on the next game, whatever that game is."

Wednesday, the Blue and White did stay focused, grabbing a big, 9-1, win over Windsor Forest High School.

With the win and loss, Long County now has an 8-10 overall record, but only 2-8 in Region 2-AA. At 2-8 the Blue Tide sit in the eighth spot in the region, 3 ½ games out of that crucial fourth spot to make post-season play.

The top four spots in the region are held by Appling County (17-3 overall) 11-1 in region, Jeff Davis (12-7) 9-2, Pierce County (10-9) 8-3 and McIntosh County (10-10) and Brantley County (9-10), tied at 5-6.

Tonight, the Blue Tide take on Charlton County there. The Indians bring a 8-14 overall record into the game and a region record of 1-11. The Tide has won four of the last five contests between the teams, including a 7-0 shutout last month in Ludowici.

Charlton has scored 109 runs this year, averaging 5.2 a game, and they have given up 160 runs, which comes out to 7.6-run average. The Blue Tide on the other-hand have scored 97 runs and are averaging 5.7 runs a night, while they have allowed 112, for an average of 6.6 runs a game.

Tonight’s 2-AA game is in Folkston and it starts at 6 p.m.

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