The Ringgold Lady Tigers opened the Daniel Hackett head coaching era on Saturday with a 9-6 home win over Sonoraville in the home, season and region opener.
Ringgold (1-0, 1-0) scored three runs in the third inning and two in the fourth to grab a 5-0 lead, only to see the Lady Phoenix rally for four runs in the top of the fifth to cut into the lead.
Sonoraville (0-1, 0-1) would score the tying run in the sixth, but the Lady Tigers would tack on four more runs in the home half of the frame.
The Lady Phoenix would get its final run in the top of the seventh before freshman reliever Amber Gainer was finally able to slam the door.
Both teams racked up 11 hits each. Freshman Jade Gainer went 3-for-4 in her Ringgold debut, scoring a run, stealing a base and knocking in a run. Gillian Little was 2-for-4 with a double and drove in three, while Kaylee Womack had two hits, a stolen base, and RBI and a run scored.
Another freshman, Riley Nadadley, doubled and scored twice. Brooklyn Keith had a double and collected two RBIs, while pitcher Kaylee Phillips helped her own cause with an RBI.
Phillips threw six innings, allowing nine hits. She gave six runs, though only two were earned, and walked two in the win. Amber Gainer gave up two hits in her one inning of work.
Ringgold is slated to host Heritage in a make-up game on Monday at 5:55 p.m. On Thursday, they will entertain Calhoun at 5:55 before taking part in the LFO Invitational this weekend.