Ring­gold splits with West­min­ster to force third game


The Ring­gold base­ball team split with vis­it­ing West­min­ster on Wed­nes­day May 6 in the GHSA Class AAA sec­ond-round se­ries to force a game three.

The Tigers, led by head coach Brent Tucker, used 13 hits, in­clud­ing four home runs to win the first game, 10-7.

The Wild­cats (21-9) re­bounded to win the sec­ond game, 10-8.

Tucker said he was proud of his play­ers for their ef­forts and wasn’t sur­prised with the split.

“This is two good pro­grams,” he said. “This se­ries al­most de­serves a game three.”

Tucker said he told his Tigers, who moved to 24-7 over­all with the win, to “get a good nights of rest, drink plenty of liq­uids and be ready” for a battle in the fi­nal game.

“We bat­tled the whole day,” he said. “We came up with big plays, big hits with good pitches and now there’s a third game. We’ll see what hap­pens, but over the years we’ve been in a lot of game threes.”

Ring­gold jumped to a 7-3 lead af­ter four innings in Game 1, with Ty Jones and Ja­cob Jus­tice hit­ting homers.

West­min­ster tied the game in the fifth in­ning on two-run homers from Will Ben­son and Dal­ton Light off starter Devin Lan­caster.

The game-win­ning run was an in­field sin­gle by se­nior lead­off hit­ter Gar­rett Yates in the fifth in­ning, fol­lowed by back-to-back homers from Jus­tice and Ethan Dal­ton in the sixth in­ning.

Se­nior Duke Uni­ver­sity foot­ball signee Zach Mor­ris earned the win in re­lief af­ter 2 2/3 innings of work.

Mor­ris helped keep the train rolling in the sec­ond game from the clean-up spot. He blasted a two-run home run in the first in­ning to give the Blue-and-White the lead and fin­ished the game with four RBIs.

West­min­ster re­sponded with a twoRBI sin­gle by Ken­neth Hartz­field in their first at bat.

The Tigers added three runs in the third in­ning, high­lighted by an RBI dou­ble by Mor­ris, to ex­tend the lead to 5-2. The other two runs were scored on wild pitches.

How­ever, the Wild­cats were just warm­ing up.

The big Green scored six runs on seven hits in the bot­tom of the third in­ning. Con­nor Stutts high­lighted the rally with a tworun homer, fol­lowed by three RBI sin­gles by Dal­ton Light, Blake Hu­ber and Robert DeGo­lian.

The Tigers cut the lead in the fourth in­ning on an RBI sin­gle by Jones and a sac­ri­fice fly from Mor­ris.

West­min­ster ex­tended the lead with sin­gle runs in the fourth and fifth innings with­out a sin­gle hit af­ter four walks and two hit bat­ters.

Ring­gold got back a run in the sixth in­ning on an RBI sin­gle from Jones, where Yates was called out on a ques­tion­able call at­tempt­ing to run from first base to third.

That was as close as the Tigers would get.

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