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Delmonico flashes newly revealed pitching talent as FHS dumps ’Dawgs

It's all about making pitches and that is exactly what Farragut Admiral Tony Delmonico did against rival Bearden.

The junior tossed a one-hitter as the Admirals (16-6 overall record and 8-1 in District 4-AAA as of Monday) defended its home turf against the Bulldogs 7-0 Monday, April 18, at John Heatherly Field.

"Give most of the credit to Tony, he pitched lights out. Our guys battled and they didn't quit, so I'm happy with that, its just he was a little much on the mound. He was good. He was daggon good," BHS head coach Matt Buckner said. "We are going to hold the ship together and see if we can try to get things going back in the right direction."

While striking out five BHS hitters, Delmonico credits his ability to change speeds to the success he demonstrated on the mound.

"I just went out there and I knew how to make my pitches. I knew it was going to be a tough day and I just knew how to make the pitches when it counted and it came up in the very end that I did that," Delmonico said. "I was throwing my curveball and change-up for strikes and when I do that I am very effective. Usually I don't have those two pitches but when you have those two pitches, you are going to be effective."

The Bulldogs (17-5-1 overall record and 7-3 in the district after Monday) put the ball in play, but the Admirals defense did its job as its solid play prevented several BHS hits. "I would have given up three or four more hits if our second and third basemen didn't make some great plays," Delmonico said. "All around it was a great defensive game."

The ’Dawgs' only hit of the night came in the sixth inning when Cameron Bowlin led off with a single.

"(Bearden is) a great hitting ball club. They are a powerhouse this year and they will be a powerhouse next year as well. They got everybody coming back, so no doubt it is a great win for us," Delmonico said.

Offensively for the Admirals, they got three runs in the second when David Reynolds hit a two-RBI double and Matt Ramsey followed him up with a RBI single. Three more came in the third when Cody Brown hit a three-run home run over the left field wall. The final run came in the fifth on a Ty Nelson RBI double in the gap between left and center field.

"We played pretty good, no errors, Tony pitched well and we swung when we needed to so it was a pretty good ball game," FHS head coach Tommy Pharr said. "They've got a good ball club, they swing the bats really good and they are well coached. ..."

BHS starter, freshman Andy Fennell, pitched 4 2/3 innings while giving up all the runs. But Buckner is pleased with the composure of his young pitcher.

"He is tough, he is going to be tough and today obviously he left a few balls up and they have a good club," Buckner said. "He really got hurt, he left a few balls up in the zone, but he's young and he is going to be really good in the future. That's a tough situation, throwing the Bearden-Farragut game as a freshman, but he did a good job. ...”

Kendale Roach came on to finish the game out in relief.

In other BHS games, the Bulldogs split two with South-Doyle — winning 14-9 Thursday, April 14, at Garner Field then losing one day later 8-2 at SDHS.

Bearden’s victory was highlighted by Roach, who hit two home runs, and Brett Basham and Wayne Miller who also hit home runs, as BHS pounded out 12 hits.

Bearden also beat Sevier County 10-4 Monday, April 11, at SCHS.

(See Farragut’s Turn Back the Clock game story beginning on page 1).

"Our staff is very young, probably our (number) one is a junior, and two and three are freshman, so our staff is really young and they are taking their lumps but they will be better for it someday."

After beating Bearden on its home field earlier in the year, 5-3, the Admirals appear to have control of the Bearden-Farragut rivalry, but Buckner and his Bulldogs aren't discouraged. "We can't seem to get the monkey off our back with (Farragut), they have had our number the last two years, but we got to get them back and see what we can do with them at a later time," Buckner said. "We will see them in the tournament and we are going to give them all we want."

BHS 2 - South Doyle 8

The South Doyle Cherokees avenged its loss the night before with an 8-2 win on Friday, April 15 at SDHS.

South Doyle was led by Cody Hawn's two homeruns as the Cherokees won easily.

BHS 14 - South Doyle 9

\The Bulldogs won a slugfest 14-9 on Thursday, April 14 at BHS.

BHS 10 - Sevier County 0

The Bulldogs defeated Sevier County 10-4 on Monday, April 11 at SCHS.

BHS continued to swing the bats well as they pounded out 11 hits in the game.. Jonathan Reynolds and Wayne Miller hit homers while Kendal Wells hit two doubles and Brett Basham contributed with a double as well.

Senior Matt Schuchmann earned the win in relief.


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