Blue Devils sweep Ringgold for third straight title

By Stephen Black

Score Atlanta

In the Class AAA state finals series, two-time defending state champion Columbus swept host Ringgold 6-3 and 11-1 to win its third consecutive state championship.

Game 2 was decided by the mercy rule when Anthony Young, Jr. and Al Jones scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Blue Devils a 10-run lead. J.T. Phillips pitched a complete game and also homered while driving in two and scoring twice.

The Blue Devils jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first inning, when Pierce Ressmeyer singled in two and Anthony Padron drove in one. In the fifth, Columbus scored five to gain a commanding 8-1 lead.

In the series opener, Kyle Carter, Phillips’ teammate on the 2006 Little League World Series champions from Columbus, pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on five hits with six strikeouts. The Blue Devils led 5-0 after two innings, having scored twice in the first and three times in the second. Columbus was aided in the first two innings by three Ringgold errors and a hit batsman, as Carter was drilled with the first pitch of the game.

It was the first road series for Columbus since the 2009 final. The Blue Devils have now won 12 baseball state championships.

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day old fries

May 28th, 2012
11:10 pm

Square Miles: Columbus 220.8 , Ringgold 3.9
Population: Columbus 189,885 , Ringgold 2,422
Zip Codes: Columbus 7 , Ringgold 1

Doesn’t look like a fair AAA match-up to me

kingjames23

May 29th, 2012
2:00 am

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kingjames23

May 29th, 2012
2:01 am

You must live in Ringgold. Just face it Columbus was the better team.

5150 UOAD

May 29th, 2012
2:38 am

How many High Schools in Columbus to divide the players between? Ringgold High gets all the players in one school.

dallis04

May 29th, 2012
9:07 am

@ day old fries there are 10+ high schools, not including AL schools nor private schools in the Columbus area…so that argument will not work…Columbus was just easily better team as they have shown the past 3 years by beating Ringgold in 2010 finals and second round last year and again in finals this year.

cvilleryder

May 29th, 2012
11:10 am

While I have the upmost respect for Columbus as the premier baseball program in the state you guys that say Columbus is not at an advantage in AAA or even AAAA for next year at that when it comes to baseball. Columbus is the big fish in a huge pond they even have enough clout to get some of the best kids in Phoenix City. Bobby Howard is who all the best in Columbus want to play for. I wish Cartersville had the clout to pull the best talent in every year.

cvilleryder

May 29th, 2012
11:12 am

That is suppose to say Those that say Columbus does not have an advantage are wrong.

day old fries

May 29th, 2012
12:15 pm

@5150 UOAD – That’s like saying there’s 10+ college football programs in Oklahoma…It doesn’t matter, the Sooners can hand pick who they want in state….

@dallis04 -Ringgold feeds 2 AAA schools in the smallest county in the state….

I’m not taking away from Columbus at all, they’re well deserving of their throne, just a text book David vs Goliath final (again)

GFY

May 29th, 2012
1:24 pm

Ringgold did not cry about being the David in all other series…………

GFY

May 29th, 2012
1:25 pm

Face it…..this is the same group of kids who won the LL title for Columbus so obviously they have some talented players…..

danny

May 29th, 2012
2:28 pm

let’s not harp on how big or small one school is. CHS is a magnent, and a hard one at that. For Columbus this is like the a top football prospect enrolling at Stanford to play football. It’s not all about sports because these are some very intellegent kids.

If you have a problem with what division you play in, talk to the school board. I don’t want to hear you complain after you lose to Columbus every year. The fans, the students, the players…everyone was talking trash. CHS just found a way to win.

SGT CHRIS

May 29th, 2012
5:59 pm

getting kids from phenix city?? really??..that must be a deep bunch at phenix city because they made it to the semis in the biggest class in Alabama…

to put it bluntly all the football players go to carver, baseball players go to Columbus..and im a LaGrange alum myself..its the magnet umbrella..you have to deal with it

You never heard Calhoun fans complaining about Buford every year, they just went out and finally got it done!!

MJK68

May 29th, 2012
10:08 pm

One of their starting pitcher’s dad got his nose busted for talkin trash…they left w/ a title and he left w/ bloody nose…haha

kingjames23

May 30th, 2012
4:28 am

carver get all the football players, jordan get all the basketball players and columbus get the baseball players. And columbus is a very hard school to get into. If Ringgold would have beaten Columbus you guys would have nothing to say. Columbus have beat them for the pass three years and all of sudden yall got something to say

Mark Adams

May 30th, 2012
6:12 am

@MJK68……Anybody can throw a sucker punch and then hide behind buddies. I bet you don’t hear the Ringgold players squealing like you.

bigfranko

May 30th, 2012
9:29 am

kingjames23 is right. My son goes to CHS and I know 1st hand the academic standards they have to meet and maintain to go there. These kids are not only good ball players but they are smart kids as well. You have to apply and be accepted to go there. CHS doesnt have area boundries, its a total Magnet. The Phenix City kids that go to CHS still have to apply and then pay out off state fees. Just becasue you are a good ball player doesnt mean you are automatically accepted at CHS. you cant mantain such a great academic standards and 100% gard rate if you accepted all good ball players.
http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/georgia/rankings

Chris

May 30th, 2012
10:55 am

I think Marist might take exception to Columbus being called the best baseball program in the state. Both have 12 titles…just saying

bigfranko

May 30th, 2012
12:58 pm

CHS beat Marist 8-2 on 4/27/12…. just saying

cvilleryder

May 30th, 2012
5:54 pm

GFY Columbus has played in the last 10 of 11 state title series so its not just the Little league world champs that have brought the Devils this far. Until Columbus plays 5A or 6A in baseball they will not have a hard time making it to the finals. Now to everyone else can you explain playing for 10 state titles in 11 years without some type of advantage. I graduated from Cartersville in 03 and I know that Cartersville has an advantage over most when it comes to baseball.

cvilleryder

May 30th, 2012
5:58 pm

Srg. Chris, thats funny my name is Chris to, do you think that Alabama high school baseball is at the same level as Georgia baseball. Like most other sports I don’t think it is.

cvilleryder

May 30th, 2012
6:01 pm

Danny many folks can find a way to win when you have 200.000 people as your population compared to what is normally found in AAA.

cvilleryder

May 30th, 2012
6:05 pm

That is kinda how Buford has won everyone of their state titles since 2000. Great location and stuck in a smaller classification.

kingjames23

May 30th, 2012
7:04 pm

We just all need to give Columbus High players and Coach Howard credit. They beat an Ringgold team three years in a row I bet Ringgold already knew they was going to lose thats why they start talking trash and it back fired on them.

Chris

June 1st, 2012
10:20 am

Yep, Columbus did beat Marist THIS year. My response was to another poster saying that Columbus has the best program in the state. One game THIS year doesn’t tip the scales…

kingjames23

June 1st, 2012
1:59 pm

Columbus finna become the best program in the state so move on over Marist the CHAMPS are coming threw

CHS fan

June 7th, 2012
9:19 pm

To Chris: Columbus beat Marist THIS year, and EIGHT out of the last NINE years… look it up:
http://ga.prepcountry.com/?t=5&w=1&sc=205&s=21&tm=1&wy=2012 (I think it’s actually 10 out of 11, but will have to do further research.) Marist is a respected opponent, every game is a battle.

2005 CHS 9, Marist 2
2006 CHS 7, Marist 6
2007 CHS 6, Marist 0
2008 CHS 3, Marist 2
2009 CHS 9, Marist 8
2010 Marist 12, CHS 1
2011 CHS 1, Marist 0
2012 CHS 8, Marist 2

CHS fan

June 7th, 2012
9:40 pm

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Ok, here we go, more results:
2004 CHS 13, Marist 0
2003 CHS 6, Marist 5
2003 Class AAA Finals:
Game 1: CHS 18, Marist 3
Game 2: Marist 10, CHS 6
Game 3: Marist 4, CHS 1
2001 CHS 2, Marist 1 (regular season game)
State Playoffs, 3rd round:
Game 1: CHS 7, Marist 3
Game 2, Marist 14, CHS 7
Game 3, CHS 9, Marist 1
2000 CHS 7, Marist 3 (regular season game)
2000 State Championship Finals
Game 1, CHS 4, Marist 3
Game 2, CHS 15, Marist 0

So, for the last 20 times these two programs have met, including regular season games, as well as state playoff match ups, CHS is 16-4 vs. Marist.

That’s as far as I have researched.