Of­fen­sive fire­power on dis­play for Ridge­land

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

They won’t go down as the pret­ti­est three vic­to­ries of the sea­son, but when you are bat­tling for the top seed in the re­gion, you take them any­way you can get them.

Ridge­land leaned on its of­fense to col­lect three im­por­tant Re­gion 6-AAAA vic­to­ries last week, ral­ly­ing for a win at Her­itage on Mon­day, hold­ing on for a win at LaFayette on Tues­day and sur­viv­ing an up­set bid by vis­it­ing South­east Whit­field on Wed­nes­day.

Ridge­land 8, Her­itage 7

Trail­ing 6-4 with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth in­ning on Mon­day night, Ha­ley San­dridge came through with a huge three-run triple and the Lady Panthers would go on to score a key re­gion vic­tory.

The three-run, three­bag­ger high­lighted a five-run frame that put the vis­i­tors up 7-6 and a wild pitch mo­ments later al­lowed San­dridge to come home with the eighth run. The in­sur­ance tally proved to be huge as Her­itage scored once in the bot­tom of the sev­enth be­fore the Lady Panthers could fi­nally slam the door.

San­dridge fin­ished the night 3-for-4 and had a dou­ble to go with her triple. She also scored twice in ad­di­tion to her three RBIs. Katie Car­ruth sin­gled twice and scored twice, driv­ing in a run, while Kiera Fos­ter went 2-for3.

Hai­ley Car­roll hung on to get the vic­tory. She gave up seven runs on 12 hits and three walk with two strike­outs as Ridge­land swept the sea­son series from the Gen­er­als.

Ridge­land 9, LaFayette 7

The Lady Panthers led 5-0 and 9-3 in south Walker County, but had to stave off a four­run rally by the Lady Ram­blers in the bot­tom of the sev­enth to claim the vic­tory.

San­dridge went 3-for4 with two doubles and an RBI in the win. Davis had two hits, in­clud­ing a two-run triple. Car­ruth added a big two-run sin­gle, while Laine Hicks had a dou­ble as one of her two hits.

Car­roll gut­ted out seven in­nings in the circle. She al­lowed seven earned runs on 11 hits with two walks, but picked up the win.

The vic­tory gave Ridge­land a split with LaFayette in the sea­son series.

Ridge­land 9, South­east 8

Wed­nes­day night back in Rossville, the Lady Panthers saw an early 3-0 lead dis­ap­pear as the Lady Raiders put up five runs in the top of the third. Ridge­land bat­tled back to tie the game, only to see South­east get solo homers in both the fifth and sixth in­nings to forge a 7-5 ad­van­tage.

But San­dridge capped a mam­moth three days by launch­ing a mam­moth three-run homer to cen­ter­field to give her team an 8-7 lead in the sixth. South­east would tie things up in the top of the sev­enth, but in the bot­tom half, Grayson James ripped a lead­off dou­ble, took third on a

sac­ri­fice bunt by Hicks and scored the gamewin­ner on a wild pitch.

Davis went 4-for-4 with four line-drive sin­gles, while San­dridge fin­ished with two hits and a team-high four RBIs. Hicks was 2-for-3 and scored once, while Erin Hughes crossed the plate twice for Ridge­land, once as a courtesy run­ner.

Car­roll al­lowed 13 hits and seven earned runs in seven in­nings, strik­ing four and walk­ing just one to get the vic­tory in the circle.

Her fi­nal two strike­outs came with run­ners at first and sec­ond in the top of the sev­enth.

The Lady Panthers played in the North Cobb Classic over the week­end, de­feat­ing Spray­berry (12-1), Camp­bell (9-6) and Cartersville (8-0), but fall­ing to the host school, 5-4, in Satur­day’s fi­nale.

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