Surg­ing Tigers ex­tend their win­ning streak

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY - By Robert Mago­bet

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

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