Ringgold advances to Elite Eight along with five other north Georgia teams

Ringgold's Ty Jones slides safely home in a lopsided victory over Appling County. The win propelled the Tigers into the Elite Eight.

North Georgia is making quite the showing in the state playoffs.

Six teams from the NewsChannel 9 viewing area have made it all the way to the Elite Eight.

Rain delayed some of the matchups, but Ringgold punched its ticket Monday afternoon in a do-or-die game against Appling County.

The Tigers won 12-1 behind a big first inning with two home runs launched.

Junior pitcher Nathan Camp went the distance, only five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

First baseman Noah Parrish knocked two out of the park. Parrish said the ball appeared very clearly to him when it crossed the plate. "Today it just looked like a beach ball and I just seen 'em and hit 'em. See ball, hit ball, that's all I do.," Parrish said.

For the second year in a row, the Tigers have advanced to the Elite Eight.

Parrish said their focus is simple and straightforward. "Well we just gotta keep working hard. I feel like it says a lot about us. We just gotta keep working and keep going as much as we can."

Head coach Brent Tucker knew his squad was in a groove Monday afternoon. Tucker said, "They came out ready. They came out ready. We had a good practice last night and then they came out ready to play today. I'm proud of 'em."

Camp and his teammates want to advance beyond the Elite Eight "hump" that has tripped them up in the past. Camp believes they have a strategy in place. " It feels good. Feels really good. Two years in a row. Just keep playing the same way we did today. Just gotta keep doing that and everything will be fine."

The Tigers next face North Hall on Thursday at 5pm. The doubleheader happens at Bill Womack Field in Ringgold.

Calhoun, Coahulla Creek, Dalton, Gordon Lee and Heritage all have doubleheaders scheduled for Wednesday.

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