Red-hot Ringgold wins third straight region championship
For a third straight season, the Ringgold Tigers will enter the Class AAA state tournament as Region 6 champions.
The Blue-and-White mowed down three final opponents to close out the regular season last week. Ringgold (25-5, 162) has won five straight and 13 of its last 14 as it prepares to open the state playoff this weekend against Region 8 No. 4 seed Jackson County.
The series will begin with a doubleheader on Friday (April 28). The third game—if necessary—would be played on Saturday (April 29). All three games will be played at Bill Womack Field.
The winner of the series will draw either Appling County or Jackson. With a series win, Ringgold would host the second round series as well.
Ringgold 14, Sonoraville 1
The Tigers came out like a ball of fury on Tuesday, scoring five runs in the first inning against the Phoenix, thanks to singles from Nathan Camp, Holden Tucker, Rhett Baldwin and Ty Jones.
Their next biggest scoring output was the four-run third inning in which Andre Tarver doubled, while Jones singled once more.
Sonoraville scored their only run off an RBI single from Tyler Lyles, bringing in Chase Kirby.
The Blue-andWhite amassed 10 hits with four players hitting multiple times, including Jones (2-for-2), Tucker (2-for-2), Camp (2-for-4) and Andre Tarver (2-for-3).
Ringgold 9, Murray County 0
The Tigers wrapped up the region crown as they crushed the Indians for a second time this season.
After Tyler Nichols ripped an RBI-single in the second inning, he broke the game wide
A handful of athletes from Ringgold and LFO High Schools’ track teams will head to Atlanta’s Pace Academy this Saturday (April 29) for the Class AAA state sectionals after qualifying at the Region 6-AAA meet in Calhoun this past Tuesday and Wednesday.
Annabelle Duckett will carry the banner for the Lady Tigers as she qualified in three separate events. Duckett was second in the 100-meter hurdles (17.48), third in the 300 hurdles (53.57) and fourth in the high jump (4-8).
Several other of Ringgold’s girls advanced to the finals, but failed to nab a top four finish. Zoey Butler was fifth in the 100 and 200. Morgan Allen was fifth in the high jump. Lane Cates placed fifth in the 800 and eighth in the 1600, while Angel Butler was eighth in the 400.
The 4x100 relay team placed sixth, while the 4x400 team was seventh.
LFO’s girls got a second-place finish from Jerrielle Jackson in the long jump (16-2) and a third-place finish by Jazzmyn Elston in the 100 hurdles (18.04). Jackson and Elston teamed with Shaniyah Jones and Jerrian Jackson - along with Ateana Copeland and Gabby Ware - to place fourth in the 4x100 (52.82).
Macey Gregg was fourth in the 3200 (13:25, while Gregg, Jones and the Jacksons - along with Copeland and Ware - to place fourth in the 4x400 (4:33).
Jerrielle Jackson was sixth in the 200, while Elston was eighth in the long jump. Anna Rountree placed ninth in the discus.
Bremen (176) ran away from the rest of the girls’ field, amassing 176 points. Haralson County (91) came in second, while Sonoraville and Calhoun (88) finished tied for third. Ringgold (45) was fifth, followed by Coahulla Creek (42), LFO (33), Murray County (25), Adairsville (24) and North Murray (1). open with a three-run homerun in the fifth inning, which made the score 7-0.
The Tigers were able to get two men on base in the third inning before Tarver brought in the runs with a single. Just an inning later, Ricketts stroked an RBI-single. Dalton Schley picked up an RBI in the seventh as the Tigers put up their final two runs.
Murray County managed just three hits on the day against Tiger pitching. Ricketts struck out one and walked one in two innings, giving up just one hit. Andrew Ghormley relieved Ricketts in the third, allowing two walks and just two hits while striking out three batters in five innings.
Nichols finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs, while Camp and Tucker both went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
The Tigers capped off the regular season with a home run over the Blue Devils on Friday.
Ricketts culminated a seven-run first inning by ripping an RBI-single into the gap, breaking the game wide open from the get-go.
The Tigers increased their lead to 10-0 in the second and a four-hit fourth inning plated three more runs to help lift Ringgold to the runrule victory.
The Blue Devils’ only hit came from their leadoff, Sam Thompson, in the first inning.
There was a collective effort in the pitching category. Tucker, Camp and Ammon Murphy gave up one combined hit in four innings.
Ricketts finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Ringgold finished with eight hits on the day.
The Tigers have now played 58 runs during their most recent winning streak.
“Right now we are seeing the ball good,” head coach Brent Tucker said. “It’s not just one or two guys; it’s everybody going up there. Hopefully this continues. We still have work to do.”
On the boys’ side, Pete Brower is headed to Atlanta after the Ringgold 400-meter runner placed second (52.18) in the finals. He later teamed with Bryton McCann, Davantae Kimble and Joey Collins to take second in the 4x400 (3:38). Kimble was third in the high jump (5-10). Jared Dunn was fourth in the 110 hurdles (17.04), while McCann, Brower, Jordan Preston an Dee King placed third in the 4x100 (45.11).
Advancing to the finals, but failing to qualify were Nick Parker in the 800 (fifth), Dunn in the 300 hurdles (seventh) and Jamie Basham in the 3200 (seventh) and the 1600 (eighth).
Lee McCracken will represent the LFO boys in the discus at sectionals after his throw of 123-5 was good enough for a third-place finish.
Nick Culpepper just missed out after he placed fifth in the shot put. Also making the event finals was Austin Willingham in the 200 (sixth), Ruddy Ware in the long jump
(ninth), Nathan Goodale in the 1600 (10th) and Willingham, Ware, Williams and Drew Woodard in the 4x100 (10th).
Calhoun won the championship with 164 points, while Bremen took runnerup honors with 110 points. Sonoraville (84) was third, followed by Coahulla Creek (57), Adairsville (56), Murray County (51), Ringgold (42), Haralson County (29), LFO (13) and North Murray (7).
Tyler Nichols turns the double play against Bremen in the regular season finale on Friday. The Tigers will host Jackson County this Friday in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs. (Courtney Couey/Ringgold Tiger Shots)
Ringgold 13, Bremen 0
(Top) Ringgold’s Annabelle Duckett hands off the Zoey Butler to begin the second leg of the 4x100 relay. (Bottom) LFO’s Nick Culpepper winds up to heave the shot put at the 6-AAA meet in Calhoun. (Catoosa News photos/Scott Herpst)