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Diamond Admirals defend Scenic City Classic title, beat McCallie

CHATTANOOGA — Repeat-ing as Scenic City Classic champions Saturday at Historic Engel Stadium, the Farragut Admirals once again went through the same school it beat to capture last season’s crown.

Behind a complete game, nine strikeout, no walk performance from winning pitcher Bryan Powell, the Admirals whipped Chattanooga McCallie 7-4 March 26.

Rallying from an early 4-0 deficit, FHS got a two-run homer from Cody Brown and an RBI single from Barton Ivy in the third inning to pull within one run.

Brown’s RBI single in the fourth was the key hit — along with two errors — which helped the Ads go ahead for good, 5-4, in the fourth inning.

A Riley Jennings sacrifice fly, Tony Delmonico triple and Ryne Steben RBI single added two insurance runs in the sixth.

Winning four of five games during the three-day Scenic City Classic, Farragut’s record stood at 7-2 heading into its Tuesday, March 29, showdown with archrival Bearden at BHS’s Garner Field (after press deadline).

Powell allowed six hits and two runs in seven innings, while also hitting a batter.


Farragut began its Classic title defense Thursday, March 24, with a 3-2 win vs. Baylor at Engel Stadium.

Winning pitcher Phillip Heyming went five innings, allowing two earned runs, seven hits and no walks while striking out two.

Delmonico picked up the save, working two innings of relief with four strikeouts, two walks and no hits allowed.

Though the Admirals had only four hits, three of them produced runs. David Reynolds’ RBI double in the fourth inning was followed by RBI singles from Jennings and Delmonico.

Following its only loss of the Classic, a 3-1 setback to Johnson City Science Hill Friday, March 25, at Baylor School, Farragut bounced back against Riverside, Ga., to win that same day.

Winning pitcher Tyler Duke allowed only three hits in five innings as FHS beat the Georgia school 6-3 in Engel Stadium.

Reliever Michael Joseph worked the sixth inning, allowing one run and one hit with one strikeout.

Rob Catapano got the save, working the seventh inning and, despite giving up one hit, turned a double-play to stuff the threat.

Farragut earned its trip to the championship game following an 11-2 drubbing of Evangelical Christian School Saturday at Baylor School.

Freshman pitcher Matt Ramsey picked up a complete game victory, allowing only three hits and two earned runs.

Offensively, a six-run fourth inning helped break the game open highlighted by Clay Ivy’s two-RBI double, one of his three hits on the day.

Catapano had a solo home run as part of his two hits. Brown smacked two hits and four RBIs while Barton Ivy added two hits.


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