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Dynasty continues: Columbus sweeps Ringgold for share of most baseball state championships

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Columbus High had been chasing Marist for most Georgia High School Association state baseball championships.

On Monday, the Blue Devils caught the Atlanta private school.

Columbus swept Ringgold 6-3 and 11-1 at a hot and humid Bill Womack Field for the Class AAA state title.

It was the 12th state championship for the Blue Devils, tying Marist for most in the state. Marist was eliminated in the Class AAAA quarterfinals this year. Meanwhile, Columbus won its third straight crown, two of which have been against Ringgold. The Blue Devils also swept the Tigers in the 2010 finals. They beat the Tigers in the second round last season.

“I am impressed. This team did a great job,” said coach Bobby Howard, who has been the coach for each of Columbus’ state titles, the first of which came in 1984.

Kyle Carter pitched a complete game to win the opener. JT Phillips got the win in the second game, which was stopped in the bottom of the sixth inning due to the mercy rule.

Phillips and Pierce Ressmeyer both hit two-run homers in a five-run fifth inning in Game 2, which blew open a close game.

“I can’t describe the feeling,” Phillips said. “It is the best feeling in the world. Unbelievable is the best way to describe it.”

This was the second Columbus team to win three straight titles. The Blue Devils also won 1994-96.

Columbus won a state championship on the road for the fifth time in eight tries.

Phillips and Carter agreed this was the best of the three they had been a part of.

“I know we won my sophomore year and my junior year, but now that I am a senior, it an awesome to go out like this,” Carter said.

“This one is the best by far. It is a great way to go out,” Phillips said.

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