Hailey Carroll threw her second consecutive shutout on Thursday night and it couldn't have come at a better time.
Carroll, a sophomore, allowed just three hits and the No. 10-ranked Ridgeland Lady Panthers shut down and shut out No. 1-ranked Northwest Whitfield, 6-0, on Senior Night in Rossville.
As a result of the victory, Ridgeland (20-5 overall) claimed the No. 1 seed in next week's Region 6-AAAA tournament in Dalton, while Northwest (23-2) will be the No. 2 seed. Both teams will receive byes to the semifinals, meaning they both have already also qualified for the Class AAAA state playoffs.
Both teams finished the region schedule with 10-2 marks and they split their two regular season meeting. But Ridgeland allowed the fewest runs between the two teams in their two meetings - Northwest won 5-3 the first time they played - thus, getting the tiebreaker.
Ridgeland used three hits and three Lady Bruin errors to plated four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Two came home on a Katie Davis single. Whitney Boehm also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second, while they pushed home an insurance run in the fourth.
Davis finished with three hits, while Haley Sandridge collected two hits. Boehm finished with two RBI, while Katie Carruth and Erin Hughes both ended the night with one RBI.
The Region 6-AAAA tournament will start Monday at Heritage Point Park in Dalton. Ridgeland will take on the winner of the Heritage-Gilmer game at 7 p.m.