Profiling Ringgold Baseball as they face another state championship tournament

RINGGOLD, Georgia (WDEF) – The Ringgold Tigers are picking right up where the pandemic left them off. The Tigers are heading to their second final four in the last three state tournaments. This time, they get to host.

News 12’s Angela Moryan has the full story.

If you ask the Ringgold Tigers what’s special about this year’s team… you’ll get the same three-word answer.

Kenyon Ransom: “Pitching and defense.”

Sam Mills: “Pitching and defense.”

Drew Walker: “They say, ‘Pitching and defense wins championships,’ and that’s what we’ve been able to do this year — just pitching and defense. Our guys are out there throwing strikes and grinding. Our defense loves to play behind this pitching staff. They throw a lot of strikes and they’re fun to play behind because they keep the tempo up.”

Ringgold’s game two pitcher Chase Ghormley threw what he calls his best game Monday. Eight strike outs, with just two hits, in an Elite Eight complete game shut out to sweep Harlem.

Walker: “He’s pitching like the bulldog that he is. He goes out there and he grinds. He’s been all about the process all year long, and he’s worked his tail off, and when he gets up on the mound he has the confidence to back that up.”

The Tigers’ cool confidence shows with a perfect region record and a 14-game win streak heading to the Final Four.

Walker: “Pressure is a privilege, and that’s what I tell these guys in this program — a lot of people, if you’re not feeling the pressure, then you’re not playing in big games and having chances to win championships so pressure is a privilege for us and these guys are doing really well with handling the pressure.”

The pressure to perform and live up to decades of Ringgold success motivates the Tigers.

Walker: “We had such a good decade from the 2010 to the 2020s, and I think a lot of people thought maybe that that was going to go away. So they’re playing with a chip on their shoulders that they’re going to keep this tradition alive.”

Chase Ghormley: “It gives us a lot of motivation honestly, because I’ve had my brother come through here, and they made it to the Final Four and ended up losing the game to Westminster. I just really want to get past that point that he didn’t make it to and keep going.”

Sam Mills: “We come out every day looking to win every game. My dad played here, state runner up, so we all know the history here.”

All that history, but still searching for that first state title.

Ransom: “We just want to be the first team to be able to bring it home, so we can call ourselves the best team in Ringgold history.”

Ringgold plays two games with North Hall tomorrow at 4. Also, Gordon Lee hosts ACE Charter in the Single A Public Final Four at 3. Angela will be at both with full Final Four coverage tomorrow.

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