Surging Tigers extend their winning streak
The Ringgold Tigers will begin the week riding an eight-game win streak after picking up three more region victories last week.
Ringgold took down the Adairsville Tigers before a thrilling comeback win at Calhoun on Friday. They wrapped up the weekend by shutting out county rival LFO for the second time this season.
Ringgold 7, Adairsville 3
Starting pitcher Nathan Camp pitched a doozy, including six strikeouts, two hits and just three earned runs in six innings.
With the score tied at three in the fifth inning, Ringgold was able to tack on three more runs in the inning before scoring one more run in the seventh inning to end the game. Andre Tarver, Ty Jones and Tyler Nicholas all went 2-for-4.
All three runs for Adairsville came in the fourth inning.
Ringgold 7, Calhoun 4
The Tigers snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by scoring six runs in the top of the seventh for a comeback win over the Jackets on the road.
Down 2-1 with one out in the seventh, two walks and a fielding error loaded the bases for Ringgold and two more free passes brought in the tying and go-ahead runs. Jones later broke things open with a three-run double.
Calhoun scored twice in the bottom of the seventh before relief pitcher Ammon Murphy was able to close the book on the comeback attempt. He picked up the victory, recording one strikeout.
Jones and Nichols both went 2-for-3, while Jones picked up four RBIs.
Ringgold 10, LFO 0
The Tigers showed no signs of a letdown after Friday’s emotional win to blank the Warriors in a game that had to be moved to Saturday after inclement weather forced a postponement on Thursday.
Ringgold’s starter Rhett Baldwin pitched a dandy with six strikeouts, two walks, no earned runs and just one hit allowed in four-plus innings of work. Andrew Ghormley finished up to seal the Tigers’ 11th Region 6-AAA victory in 12 tries this season.
“It always starts on the mound,” Ringgold head coach Brent Tucker said. “Rhett went out and did a good job of throwing strikes and getting us off to a good start.”
Baldwin helped himself with a tworun single. Camp went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Hunter Ricketts added a hit and an RBI of his own. Jones hit a sacrifice fly, Holden Tucker was also credited with an RBI and Nichols ended the game with an RBIsingle.
“Offensively we were able to manufacture some runs and get some runs in,” Tucker added. “We did a good job of sac flies, moving runners and getting some timely hits.”
Warriors assistant coach Chris Eaves said going into this game he knew the Tigers had a talented offense.
“There a good offensive team,” Eaves
said. “We know they are going to get their hits. But we gave up 12 free bases between walks and errors. If we give up 12 free bases to a team like this they are going to take advantage of it. That makes it rough.”
Brice Donnahoo had the lone hit for LFO, while Logan Gruetter took the loss on the mound.
The Warriors were unable to hold a 5-3 lead in the fourth inning as the Jackets came storming back to get the win last Tuesday.
LFO managed just three hits, two off the bat of Garren Mauldin. He had one RBI, as did Jake Bass, who went 1-for-4. Mathew Trusley
produced an RBI as well.
Gruetter took the loss, allowing seven earned runs in four innings. He finished with two strikeouts.
North Murray 9, LFO 8
The Warriors dropped a close region game to the Mountaineers at home on Friday night.
No other details were provided as of press time.
Ringgold (20-4 overall) will play at
North Murray on Tuesday. They will be back at Bill Womack Field on Thursday to face Coahulla Creek before hitting the road on Friday at Haralson County.
LFO (10-13, 3-9) will play at Coahulla Creek on Tuesday before traveling to Tallapoosa to square off with Haralson County. They will close out the week with a home game against Sonoraville on Friday.
John “Sole Man” Neal hurls the “onion” toward the dish for the Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga during their vintage base ball match in Fort Oglethorpe this past Saturday. The Lightfoot beat the Quicksteps of Spring Hill, Tenn., 8-5. (Catoosa County News photo/Robert Magobet) Calhoun 14, LFO 5