Tigers earn two gut-check wins to in­crease 6-AAA lead

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY - By Scott Herpst

The Ring­gold Tigers al­ready have a rep­u­ta­tion for hav­ing one of the tough­est pitch­ing staffs and one of the tough­est line­ups in all of Class 3A.

But this past week, the Tigers showed that they have the men­tal tough­ness to go with the rest of it.

The No. 1-ranked Tigers over­came five-run deficits twice in three games and strength­ened their hold on the Re­gion 6-AAA stand­ings as they posted three more vic­to­ries.

Ring­gold 11, Sono­rav­ille 10

The Tigers over­came five er­rors and a 10-5 deficit to pull out the home win over the pesky Phoenix on Tues­day.

Tied 5-5 af­ter two in­nings, the Phoenix would plate five runs in the top of the fifth to take a seem­ingly com­fort­able lead. How­ever, Ring­gold would get three of the runs back in the bot­tom of the fifth and would add three more in the bot­tom of the sixth be­fore turn­ing it over to the bullpen in the top of the sev­enth.

Holden Tucker would strike out three bat­ters in his one in­ning of work to record the save, while An­drew Ghorm­ley fanned two bat­ters in 1.1 in­nings of re­lief to pick up the win. Nathan Camp started and pitched the first 2.2 in­nings, while Casey Pate struck out five in two in­nings.

Wy­att Ten­nant had three hits and an RBI to pace the of­fense, while Gavin Hol­lis had two hits and drove in a run. Camp was 2-for-3 with a home­run and two RBIs. An­dre Tarver had a dou­ble and a homer with two RBIs. Daulton Sch­ley home­red and knocked in two, while Ty Jones also brought in a run.

Ring­gold 15, Mur­ray County 0

The Tigers were only able to get in three in­nings be­fore the rains came on Thurs­day night, but three in­nings were all the Blue-and-White needed.

Play­ing at home, Ring­gold scored six times in the first in­ning, once in the sec­ond and eight in the third to win in a rout.

Johnny Camil­lucci was the ben­e­fi­ciary of all the run sup­port. He gave up just one hit and one walk, fan­ning five hit­ters in the win.

Of­fen­sive stars were plen­ti­ful for the Tigers. Sch­ley was 2-for-3 with a dou­ble and three RBIs. Dy­lan Wright was 1-for-1, drew two walks and knocked in three runs, while Jones scored three times, once on a solo homer. Camp and Ten­nant each had two RBIs, while Tarver and Bray­den Broome each added one.

Ring­gold 9, Bre­men 6

On Fri­day, the Tigers bat­tled the sec­ond­place Blue Devils for the re­gion lead and col­lected per­haps their big­gest vic­tory of the year, once again in come­back fash­ion.

Trail­ing 6-1 in the bot­tom of the fifth, Ring­gold scored three times in the in­ning and plated five two-out runs in the home half of the sixth to pick up the win and ex­tend their lead in the stand­ings to two full games at the league’s half­way point.

Bre­men led 5-1 af­ter two in­nings, sig­nal­ing the end of the night for Tucker, the Ring­gold starter. The Tigers’ run came on a scream­ing solo blast by Tarver in the bot­tom of the first, but Sam Thomp­son’s RBI-sin­gle in the fourth, his sec­ond of the day, pushed the Bre­men lead to five with just three in­nings to play.

That’s when the come­back be­gan.

Tucker and Sch­ley had RBI-sin­gles in the fifth, while Hol­lis plated a run with a sac­ri­fice fly. Then in the sixth, fac­ing Thomp­son, who came in to pitch at the start of the in­ning, Tarver got the rally go­ing with a two-out, two-run sin­gle to left. Sch­ley fol­lowed with a rocket of an RBI­dou­ble to bring in the go-ahead run. Hol­lis and Jones would keep it go­ing, smok­ing two more RBI-dou­bles off of Thomp­son be­fore the Blue Devils could fi­nally stop the bleed­ing.

Bre­men would get a lead­off dou­ble off Ten­nant to start the top of the sev­enth, but Sch­ley gunned down the run­ner on an in­ex­pli­ca­ble stolen base at­tempt at third. A walk and a sin­gle would bring the ty­ing run to the plate, but Ten­nant would get the fi­nal two outs, the last com­ing on strikes to seal the vic­tory.

Ten­nant al­lowed just one run on three hits in five in­nings of re­lief to get the win. He fin­ished with eight strike­outs. Tarver went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Sch­ley had two hits and two RBIs, while Hol­lis drove in a pair of runs. Camp also had one of five dou­bles for Ring­gold on the night.

Ring­gold was sched­uled to be at home against Adairsville on Tues­day be­fore a road game at LFO on Thurs­day and a home clash with Cal­houn on Fri­day. All three games will start at 5:55 p.m.

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