Red-hot Ring­gold wins third straight re­gion cham­pi­onship

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

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)

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