RINGGOLD, Ga. - It wasn't the first Rebel uprising in the area, but it left an enduring mark on the Ringgold High School baseball team.
The Haralson County Rebels scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning Friday night and beat the Tigers 8-4 at Bill Womack Field, further tightening an already close Region 6-AAA race.
The loss dropped the Tigers (11-7, 6-2) into third place behind Cartersville and Carrollton and moved the Rebels (9-8, 5-3) to within one game of fourth place. The top four teams will advance to the state playoffs in three weeks.
"This was a huge win," Haralson coach Levi Crowdis said. "It's almost like the difference between winning two games and losing two games. You always want to have that tiebreaker in case you have the same record. We've got two games left with Cartersville and Carrollton, and both those teams can play ball. So this was like a playoff setting for us."
The late rally erased a 4-3 Ringgold lead achieved via Matthew Crownover's two-run homer in the fifth. It was Crownover, though, who suffered the pitching loss after the Rebels used five hits and a costly error in the seventh to pull ahead.
Micah Thompson led off the inning with a single, but Crownover got Bo White to pop out before Shane Potati's low liner to left was dropped. Thompson scored easily as the ball skidded to the fence, with Potait getting all the way to third. Mason Singleton then singled in Potait before Chase Jackson doubled and Michael McGinnis plated two with a double to left, ending Crownover's eventful evening.
Crownover struck out 10, walked just one, picked off consecutive runners in the sixth and allowed hits in only three innings.
"That's basically been our story all season," Crowdis said of the rally. "We're used to playing from behind. I don't like it, but these guys don't get scared and they stay up. (Crownover) totally dominated the lineup the first time through; then some guys started getting on his fastball the second time. He really pitched a great game. They had some tough plays out there, but he was solid."
Haralson's Josh Dewberry, who was on the ropes a couple of times early, retired the final six batters he faced to improve to 4-1.
"We left some guys on base early; we didn't put them away," Ringgold coach Brent Tucker said. "They're a good ball team and they made something happen. We just couldn't get those last couple of outs. That was a tough play, dropping the line drive out there, but you can't say that lost it for us. We had our chances.
"Now we've got less than 24 hours to get ready for Ridgeland and try to put a good ballgame together."