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.