Tigers back on top

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

In the game of base­ball, it can take just one play to change the course of a game or even al­ter the course of a sea­son.

The Ring­gold Tigers will vouch for that.

Two sep­a­rate plays in two sep­a­rate games put the Blue-and-White on an emo­tional roller coaster ride last week as the Tigers went from po­ten­tially win­ning the re­gion ti­tle out­right to po­ten­tially los­ing the re­gion ti­tle to be­ing back in the driver’s seat once again.

North Mur­ray 1, Ring­gold 0

An er­ror in the sixth in­ning al­lowed a Moun­taineer to scam­per home and it proved to be the only run of the game this past Tues­day as North Mur­ray pulled into a tie with the Tigers for first place in 6-AAA and fin­ished off a sweep in the sea­son se­ries.

The Blue-and-White had four hits over­all, in­clud­ing Hunter Rick­etts’ dou­ble in the fourth, Ty Jones’ sin­gle in the sec­ond, An­dre Tarver’s sin­gle in the third and Holden Tucker’s dou­ble in the third.

North Mur­ray man­aged just two hits in six in­nings against Ring­gold starter Nathan Camp, but was able to pull out a win and snap the Tigers’ eight-game win streak.

Ring­gold 5, Coahulla Creek 3

The vis­it­ing Colts came into Thurs­day’s game tied with Ring­gold and North Mur­ray atop the re­gion stand­ings and were just one out away from post­ing a 3-2 vic­tory.

But with two run­ners on base, Tarver smoked a pitch over the fence for the three-run walkoff homer off Coahulla Creek re­liever James Moore, end­ing the game 5-3.

The win, com­bined with Cal­houn’s win over North Mur­ray that same evening, put Ring­gold back as the sole re­gion leader with three games re­main­ing.

Tiger coach Brent Tucker said he was ec­static about the vic­tory.

“I went up there and made a fool of my­self,” Tucker said. “I was scream­ing and ev­ery­thing just like one of the kids. These kinds of games are ex­cit­ing and are good wins for us. We were just ex­cited—the whole team.”

Tarver’s bomb gave the Tigers their only lead of the night. The Colts led 2-0 head­ing into the third in­ning on an RBI-sin­gle by Tan­ner Cro­nan and a sac­ri­fice fly off the bat of Trent Collins.

The Tigers bat­tled back as Rhett Bald­win hit a two-run home­run to tie the game in the bot­tom of the fifth in­ning. How­ever, the Colts would re­gain the lead in the top of the sev­enth as Cro­nan launched a solo home­run to put the Colts up 3-2.

Michael King, who re­placed pitcher Spencer Hawkins, recorded the first out in the bot­tom of the sev­enth. Moore then re­lieved King and was able to get the

Colts within one out of win­ning the ball game, be­fore Tarver got his hero mo­ment with his only hit of the night.

Am­mon Mur­phy was the win­ning pitcher for Ring­gold, giv­ing up one earned run and one hit.

Ring­gold 17, Har­al­son County 1

Back at home to face the Rebels on Fri­day, Ring­gold showed no signs of an emo­tional col­lapse af­ter Thurs­day’s im­prob­a­ble win. In­stead, they in­ten­si­fied their fo­cus sev­eral notches and scorched the Rebels.

The re­gion con­test ended af­ter three in­nings thanks to Ring­gold’s on­slaught of of­fen­sive fire­power, which in­cluded 11 hits. Two play­ers had per­fect nights at the plate. Bald­win went 2-for-2 with five RBIs, while Tucker was 2-for2 with an RBI. Noah Par­rish ended up go­ing 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Tarver was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Rick­etts con­trib­uted a hit and knocked in pair of runs.

Bald­win pitched a three-hit­ter, strik­ing out three in three in­nings.

Ring­gold (22-5, 13-2) will host Sono­rav­ille on Tues­day and play at Mur­ray County on Thurs­day. If they take care of busi­ness in their first two games this week, the Tigers will look to clinch the re­gion cham­pi­onship at home against Bre­men on Fri­day.

A re­gion cham­pi­onship would as­sure the Tigers of a first-round home play­off se­ries in the Class AAA state tour­na­ment, and per­haps a sec­ond-round se­ries at home as well.

The state play­offs be­gin on April 28.

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