Tigers’ run ends in At­lanta

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Scott Herpst

Af­ter mak­ing it past the third round of the Class 3A state play­offs, the Ring­gold Tigers’ quest for a state cham­pi­onship ended last Tues­day one round short of the cham­pi­onship fi­nals.

The Blue-and-White gave up runs in just two com­bined in­nings over two games, but the home­s­tand­ing West­min­ster Wild­cats - the 2016 Class 3A state cham­pi­ons - made those in­nings count as they swept Ring­gold, 5-3 and 3-2, end­ing the Tigers’ sea­son with a stel­lar 29-8 record.

West­min­ster 5, Ring­gold 3

Daulton Sch­ley fol­lowed up an Andre Tarver two-out sin­gle with a two-run homer in the top of the first in­ning of the opener and the score would hold up un­til the bot­tom of the third when the Wild­cats touched up the Tigers for five runs to grab the lead. Parks Har­ber and Jack Pol­he­mus both came through with tworun dou­bles for the Wild­cats.

Ring­gold would push across a run in the top of the fifth. Bray­den Broome led off the in­ning with a walk and Nathan Camp would bring him in with a clutch two-out, RBI-double later in the frame, but that would be all the runs they would muster in the Game 1 loss.

Luke Jan­netta threw a com­plete game vic­tory for West­min­ster. Holden Tucker pitched well, de­spite the loss. He gave up just two earned runs on four hits and two walks with seven strike­outs in six in­nings of work. Sch­ley fin­ished the game 3-for-3 and was the only Tiger with mul­ti­ple hits.

In a driz­zly night­cap, the Wild­cats - play­ing as the vis­it­ing team in Game 2 - broke open a score­less tie with three runs in the top of the fifth.

The Tigers, who saw a chance to score in the bot­tom of the third in­ning thwarted, would re­spond with two runs in the home half of the in­ning. Ty Jones and Broome got backto-back walks be­fore Wy­att Ten­nant plated both runs with a hard­hit double. Camp would later draw a walk, but a ques­tion­able third strike call and a fly­out would keep the Wild­cats in front by one.

Ten­nant, who re­placed Camp on the mound to start the sixth in­ning, es­caped a bases loaded jam in the top of the sixth, but Ring­gold would not threaten in their fi­nal two at-bats. The Tigers were set down in or­der in the sixth and they were un­able to take ad­van­tage by a two-out walk by Johnny Camil­lucci in the sev­enth as West­min­ster got the fi­nal out to win the se­ries.

Pol­he­mus got the win for the Wild­cats, while Camp was sad­dled with the loss. The Tiger se­nior al­lowed five hits in five in­nings, while al­low­ing just one earned run. He walked four and fanned two. Ten­nant struck out three and walked four in two hit­less, score­less in­nings of re­lief.

West­min­ster (24-11), the Re­gion 5 champs, will take on Lovett this week at Mercer Univer­sity in Ma­con for the Class 3A state ti­tle. Lovett, who swept Morgan County in the other semi­fi­nal se­ries, was the Re­gion 5 run­ner-up.

Due to dead­lines, re­sults of the fi­nals were not avail­able as of press time.

The Gen­er­als drew first blood in the top of the first in­ning against Cartersville starter and fu­ture Auburn Tiger Ma­son Bar­nett. Luke Grant de­liv­ered a one­out sin­gle, fol­lowed by a walk to Jonathan Hick­man. Cole Wil­cox dou­bled to bring in Grant and Josh Gib­son plated the sec­ond run with a sac­ri­fice fly to cen­ter­field.

How­ever, the Canes came right back with three runs in the bot­tom of the in­ning. Wil­cox, get­ting the start for

Nathan Camp and the Ring­gold Tigers saw their sea­son end at the hands of West­min­ster this past Tues­day. (File photo by Court­ney Couey/Ring­gold Tiger Shots) West­min­ster 3, Ring­gold 2 Cartersville 6, Her­itage 5

Her­itage’s Blake Bryan reaches first base safely af­ter an er­ror on this bunt. Two runs scored on the er­rors to briefly give the Gen­er­als a 5-4 lead in Game 1 at Cartersville this past Tues­day. How­ever, the Canes came back to win the game and even­tu­ally...

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