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Young Blue Tide pitcher throws no-hitter, with 9 Ks

Long County’s baseball team picked up its second win in a row Tuesday by beating McIntosh County 4-0 in Ludowici.
Sophomore Andrew Swindell threw a no-hitter, striking out nine batters. Head coach Tyler Rogers said his team played well.

“We finally got good pitching and defense,” Rogers said. “A no-hitter and no errors defensively will win you a lot of ball games.”
The leading batters for the Blue Tide were Krew Jones who was 2 for 2 and Ryan Desbiens who was 2 for 3.
“It was a team effort, everybody did their part to get this win,” Rogers said.

Monday, the Blue Tide ended a four-game losing streak by defeating New Hampstead 15-2 in Pooler. In that game Matt Strickland got the start and win, giving up only three hits and one walk in five innings. He struck out six batters.

“It always feels good to be on the winning side,” Rogers said, “but it tends to feel a little bit better when you’ve been on a four-game skid. It will help our guys’ confidence going into the last week and a half of the season.”

With three games left, Long County is in fifth place in Region 2-AA standings at 13-10 overall and 6-6 in the region. According to Max, Bacon County holds the coveted fourth seed with a 13-6 overall record and a 5-3 region mark.

“We still got a shot of getting in,” Rogers said. “We just want to be playing our best ball this last week or so and let the chips fall where they fall.”

Friday, Long County played Vidalia, which went into the game 8-13 overall and 5-6 in the region. Results will be in Wednesday’s paper.

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