Ringgold Tigers

The Ringgold Tigers’ softball team continues to take its play to a new level.

The Blue-and-White, led by head coach Rachel Hodge, earned a berth to the state tournament and won the region tournament last week by defeating North Murray, 12-3. The Tigers (26-5 overall), who also defeated Adairsville, 9-1; Sonoraville, 6-1; Cartersville, 3-0 in the tourney, will host Fannin County on Wednesday in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. in the first round of the state tournament.

“I’m super proud of the girls,” Hodge said. “They’ve worked so hard this year. They played really well this past week. They hit the ball in the last game, we run-ruled North Murray and it was just good to see our bats livening back up.”

Hodge said the key to her team’s success has been leadership, provided mostly by seniors Devan Brown, Chandler Turner and Nicole Cross.

“All through the season they’ve been great leaders,” she said. “They’ve just led by example and done everything that’s been asked of them.”

In the final game, Hodge noted there were seven freshmen and sophomores in the starting lineup.

“I think this not only says a lot about their talent, it says a lot about the upperclassmen and the competitiveness of Ringgold softball,” she added.

Hodge said that Abby McKinney and Katie Cain were key players in the pitching circle and have been a phenomenal combination.

“They’ve both pitched awesome and have really, really, really came out strong this year,” she said. “I’m looking for them to come out strong in this first week of the playoffs and have a good week.”