Tigers strengthen grip on 6-AAA lead


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

Twice the week be­fore, the Ring­gold Tigers had to rally from five runs down in the late in­nings to score home vic­to­ries.

Back at Bill Wo­mack Field last Tues­day, the Blue-and-White made sure they wouldn’t have to worry about need­ing any sort of late-game come­back.

Up 1-0 head­ing into the bot­tom of the sec­ond, Ring­gold un­loaded on vis­it­ing Adairsville for 10 sec­ond-in­ning runs and coasted to a 13-1, fivein­ning vic­tory.

Ty Jones had a huge day with a sin­gle, a double and a home­run, two runs scored and four RBIs. Nathan Camp home­red and drove in two. Bray­den Broome was 2-for-2, in­clud­ing a double, with two runs and two RBIs. An­dre Tarver scored twice and had a double as one of his two hits, while Daulton Sch­ley, Gavin Hol­lis and Johnny Camil­lucci all had one RBI apiece.

Camp started the game and threw the first three in­nings be­fore turn­ing things over to the bullpen. He al­lowed three hits and fanned two. An­drew Ghorm­ley gave up three hits and struck out two as he worked the fourth in­ning and Casey Pate gave up a hit and a walk in the fifth.

Levi Black­well took the loss for Adairsville, al­low­ing seven earned runs in 1.1 in­nings. The lone run came on a solo homer by Kyler Pelphrey in the top of the fourth.

Ring­gold 15, LFO 8

The Tigers col­lected 12 hits to go with 12 walks and took ad­van­tage of a bevy of LFO er­rors - nine in all - to score a road win this past Thurs­day night in Fort Oglethorpe.

Ring­gold used three er­rors to put up three runs in the top of the first in­ning. They gave up four in the bot­tom half of the frame, but an­swered with three more runs in the top of the sec­ond and added four more in the top of the fourth to reach double-dig­its.

Up 10-6 af­ter four, Ring­gold would tack on three more in the fifth to give them­selves breath­ing room be­fore two fi­nal runs in the top of the sev­enth.

Jones went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI for Ring­gold (19-4 over­all), who won its 15th con­sec­u­tive game and pushed its Re­gion 6-AAA record to 11-0. Hol­lis and Camp both had two hits, an RBI and two runs scored, while Tarver dou­bled, scored twice and drove in three.

Wy­att Ten­nant had two RBIs, while Broome, Sch­ley and Holden Tucker had one apiece.

Ten­nant got the win on the hill, al­low­ing six earned runs on five hits and four walks. He struck out four in four in­nings of work. Camil­lucci closed it out, al­low­ing just one earned run on a hit and a walk in three in­nings. He struck out one.

Ring­gold was sched­uled to have hosted Cal­houn in a big game on Fri­day, but the game had to be post­poned to Mon­day due to rain and re­sults of the makeup were not avail­able as of press time.

Ring­gold be­gan the week 2.5 games in front of Bre­men (9-3 in re­gion play) and three games clear of Har­al­son County (8-4) in the loss col­umn with seven re­gion games re­main­ing. Cal­houn and Adairsville (7-4) are tied for fourth.

The Tigers are sched­uled to host North Mur­ray on Tues­day, play at Coahulla Creek on Thurs­day and face surg­ing Har­al­son County on Fri­day. All three games are slated for 5:55 p.m. starts.

Church would make quick work of the vis­i­tors, giv­ing up just five hits and is­su­ing just one walk with three strike­outs to pick up the win.

Her­itage 10, Pick­ens 0

In the se­ries fi­nale Thurs­day in Jasper, the Gen­er­als got a daz­zling one-hit­ter from Hick­man and 12 hits of their own as they blasted the Dragons in a six-in­ning romp.

Her­itage (16-5, 120) scored three times in the top of the first, sec­ond and fifth in­nings be­fore tack­ing on its fi­nal run in the sixth.

Let­z­gus ripped a pair of dou­bles and drove in a run, while Mor­ris had a double as one of his two hits. He fin­ished with three RBIs. Dock­ery and Grant also had two hits and one RBI apiece. Campbell knocked in two runs and Wil­cox picked up one.

It was more than enough run sup­port for Hick­man, who struck out seven bat­ters and only al­lowed one Pick­ens bat­ter to reach base, that com­ing on a sin­gle.

The Gen­er­als were sched­uled to be at home on Tues­day to face Gilmer at 5:30 p.m. in the first of a three­game set. Game 2 will be Thurs­day in El­li­jay, while Game 3 will be back at Her­itage on Fri­day.

Should the Gen­er­als take at least two of the three games against the Bob­cats, they would

This past Tues­day, on the road against the Jack­ets, the War­riors jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first in­ning as they looked to sweep the sea­son se­ries from the peren­nial state pow­er­house.

How­ever, Cal­houn would re­spond with seven unan­swered runs over the next three in­nings and picked up the vic­tory, ex­tend­ing LFO’s los­ing streak.

LFO scored its runs on four hits and one Cal­houn er­ror in the top of the first. Brice Don­na­hoo led off with a double and would come around on the Jack­ets’ mis­cue, while a Jack­son Her­rod RBI-sin­gle would bring in Ja­cob Flana­gan.

Cal­houn would get one run back in the bot­tom of the first, but clinch the re­gion ti­tle and po­ten­tially two state play­off se­ries at home.

Ridge­land and Pick­ens, both 7-5 in re­gion play, will face off in a three-game se­ries this week, as will fourth-place North­west Whit­field (6-6) and fifth­place LaFayette (4-8). Both Gilmer (6-9) and South­east Whit­field (312) have just one re­gion se­ries left to play.

The last week of the reg­u­lar sea­son will see Her­itage against LaFayette, Ridge­land against North­west and Pick­ens against South­east.

De­tails of Mon­day’s game with Gor­don Lee were not avail­able as of press time. The two teams were orig­i­nally slated to play in Chicka­mauga this past Satur­day, but the game was post­poned due to in­clement weather.

Ring­gold hit­ter Holden Tucker reaches first base a step too late as LFO’s Ri­ley Mosier records the out at first. The Tigers, how­ever, would pick up a 15-8 win over the War­riors this past Thurs­day to ex­tend their lead in Re­gion 6-AAA. (Photo by Scott...

Her­itage right­fielder Lance Dock­ery charges in to field a fly­ball dur­ing last week’s se­ries sweep of Pick­ens. (Photo by Scott Herpst)

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