Tigers strengthen grip on 6-AAA lead
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)