For the third straight year, the Ringgold Tigers clinched the Region 6-AAA title and at the very least one state playoff series at home after a 9-0 shutout over Murray County on Thursday. The win gave Ringgold a second victory over the Indians this year.
After Tyler Nichols ripped an RBI-single in the second inning, he broke the game wide open with a three-run homerun in the fifth inning, which made the score 7-0.
The Tigers were able to get two men on base in the third inning, and an Andre Tarver single brought in the runs. Just an inning later and one inning before Nichols hit the three-run homer, Hunter Ricketts stroked an RBI single.
Dalton Schley picked up an RBI in the seventh. He contributed to a two-run inning for the Tigers.
Though the Indians (8-20, 5-12) didn’t score any runs in the game, Murray County’s hits came in the second, fourth and the sixth innings. Coby Callahan hit a two-out single in the second, while Cade Vice smacked a two-out single in the fourth and Kyle Dotson contributed a one-out single in the sixth.
Ricketts forged any attempt of the Indians scoring in the second inning as he only walked a single batter in the inning. He struck out one and only gave up a single hit in two innings pitched.
Relieving Ricketts in the third inning, Andrew Ghormley gave up two walks, just two hits and struck out three batters in five innings.
Nichols finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs, while Nathan Camp and Holden Tucker both went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Ringgold (24-5, 15-2) will play Bremen on Friday. Next week the Tigers will play in the first round of the Class AAA state tournament scheduled to begin on April 28 with a doubleheader. The third game—if necessary—would be played on April 29.