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Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Gordon Lee's Kade Cowan rounds second base against Ringgold at Gordon Lee High School's Claud Hendrix Field on Friday, March 5, 2021 in Chickamauga, Ga.

The seasonal GHSA postseason coin flip wasn't kind to Ringgold and Gordon Lee in this week's quarterfinal baseball round but that didn't stop the Tigers and Trojans from sweeping their way into the Class AAA and A public semifinals.

That coin flip, however, will be favorable to each program in the next round.

Ringgold (29-6) never trailed in winning at Harlem, scoring four first-inning runs to win game one, 8-4, and riding Chase Ghormley's two-hit masterpiece in game two to prevail 1-0 after scoring a first-inning run. The Tigers will host the winner of the North Hall/Pierce County series starting with a doubleheader Saturday.

Ringgold jumped out front in game one on Kenyon Ramson's three-run double and Austin McMahan's RBI double in the first inning. Ransom added a sacrifice fly in the third inning and, after Harlem scored four runs in the third to make it a one-run game, added three runs in the sixth inning on RBIs from Eli Norris and Sam Mills.

Robbie Bates and Colin Mountjoy went the final 3 innings in relief of Ransom to protect the win.

Ghormley was the story in game two, striking out eight and walking two in his complete-game effort. Ransom provided the game's lone run with a two-out RBI single to score Mason Parker.

Harlem, after a Bryce Dees' one-out single and stolen base from pinch-runner Trey Jennings, had the tying run on second, but Ghormley struck out Tyler Simmons and Jake Fulmer to complete the sweep.

Gordon Lee (33-2), the top-ranked team in Class A public, coasted to a 13-3 first-game win before rallying from 7-0 and 11-6 deficits to win game two, 12-11. The Trojans will host the ACE Charter/Claxton County winner in a best-of-three series starting Saturday.

Jake Poindexter went five innings and allowed one run on five hits with six strikeouts in game one. Kade Cowan had three hits, including a home run, and drove in five runs, while Blake Rodgers also belted a homer among his three hits and drove in two.

Game two saw Wilcox get eight hits and score seven runs in the first two innings before Gordon Lee rallied with six in the bottom of the second on Nate Dunfee's two-run double, Cody Thomas' RBI single and two errors that plated three runs.

Wilcox (24-5) made it 11-6 in the third on an RBI double by B.J. Gibson and Jack Owens' two-run single. The Trojans scored one in the fourth and two in the fifth before scoring three runs on one play to steal the game. Dunfee hit a single with runners on first and second, scoring Griff Collins. The ball went under the right-fielder's glove and rolled to the fence, allowing both Jacob Neal, who was at first, and Dunfee to circle the bases for the tying and go-ahead runs.

Bo Rhudy then worked out of a jam with runners on second and third with one out by striking out the last two runners to get the save.

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Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Gordon Lee's Kade Cowan throws to first base against Ringgold at Gordon Lee High School's Claud Hendrix Field on Friday, March 5, 2021 in Chickamauga, Ga.

 

BASEBALL

* Benedictine 11-20, Heritage 2-1: The Cadets (31-4) eliminated the Generals (26-9) from the GHSA Class AAAA tournament in Savannah. Game one was tied at two in the fifth inning before Benedictine scored three runs to pull away. The Cadets broke open a 2-0 contest in game two with eight third-inning runs before pouring it on late for the sweep.

* Bradley Central 6, McMinn County 5: Iverson Vasquez hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th as the Bears won the District 5-AAA tournament. Bradley Central's Daniel Cox hit a two-run home run while Dakota Peace had three hits. Winning pitcher Jasper Flowers went 5 1/3 innings in relief in which he struck out eight and did not give up an earned run. McMinn's Sam Goodin drove in three runs while Andrew Ronne did not allow an earned run in four innings of relief in which he struck out five.

* Signal Mountain 10, Hixson 4: Hunter Davis and Logan Farr each had multi-hit games and delivered key RBIs in a five-run fifth that broke a 2-2 tie in the District 6-AA championship game. Hixson's Brad Dossett doubled and homered in the loss. Davis picked up the win striking out seven over five innings while Ben Timblin threw two scoreless and scored twice in the victory.

 

SOFTBALL

* Baylor 3, GPS 0: Syd Berzon did not allow another hit after Chapel Cunningham's single to begin the game. Berzon struck out 18 while the Red Raiders scored all three runs in the top of the third. Addie Yates and Berzon had RBI singles while Riley Olesik had a rally-starting double and Holly Merritt had two hits in the victory that clinched the Division II-AA East Region championship for Baylor (22-1).

* Red Bank 10, Signal Mountain 6: The Lady Lions captured the District 6-AA championship in a game that produced 16 hits. Bailee Phillips hit her 10th home run of the season and had a three-hit performance along with teammates Lexie Wright and Taylor Bono. Red Bank jumped out to an 8-0 lead and added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Zoe Helms and Hailey Hanks also drove in two and had two hits in the victory.

* East Hamilton 5, Soddy-Daisy 1: Syerra Rogers hit a home run and was brilliant inside the circle striking out 12 in a complete game performance in which she allowed just two hits to Courtney Sneed. Grace Hixson homered for the Lady Hurricanes.

* Silverdale Baptist 6, Grace Christian 3: The Lady Seahawks broke through for three runs in the top of the sixth to build a 6-2 lead to help win the Division II-AA region tournament. Bentlee Stiner started the big inning with a double and had two hits along with Gabbie Hensley and Skylar Sheridan, who hit a two-run home run.

 

TENNIS

Notre Dame's girls defeated Grace Christian Academy, 4-2, in the region tournament. Singles victories were taken by Charlotte Mahn (6-0, 6-2), Savina Jones (6-2, 6-4) and Hannah Widerkehr (7-6 (5), 6-2) while Jones and Widerkehr teammed up for an impressive 8-3 victory in doubles for the Lady Fighting Irish.

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