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Diamond Admirals earn sectional game, pull within one win of fifth straight state tourney


The Farragut Admirals continued its winning ways by beating the Clinton Dragons 9-0 in the Region 2-AAA semifinals Monday, May 16, at FHS’s John Heatherly Field.

Tony Delmonico was back in the lineup for the first time since suffering a concussion on Saturday, May 7. "I'm much more relaxed, maybe that concussion was good because I was tense and stressing during the whole season and now I'm loose," Delmonico said. "I just go out there, play hard and give it my all." Delmonico was 1-2 at the plate with two walks. "He is a good defensive player and he adds some spark to our lineup, so it's good to have him," FHS head coach Tommy Pharr said on having his junior shortstop back.

The Admirals, whosr record improved to 30-7, headed to Halls for a region title showdown Wednesday. A win brings FHS home for a Friday sectional game and chance to earn yet another Class AAA state tourney trip. A loss sends the Ads to upper East Tennessee for sectionals.

Farragut took a 3-0 lead into the fifth and came out of the inning with a 5-0 lead after a Cody Brown solo home run and an RBI double by Ryne Steben. The FHS lead grew even larger the ensuing inning when the Ads put up four runs when Brown drove in two with a double and Chip Eskew hit a two-RBI single.

"We played alright, it was a pretty good ballgame for a while and we hit a little bit there at the end," Pharr said. "It was good to win."

The first three Ads runs came from a sacrifice fly from Brown, a RBI single from Ty Nelson and a solo homer un by David Reynolds.

"We played pretty well, we came out hard and the intensity was a little down but we swung the bats well," Delmonico said. "We hit the ball right at people sometimes but it was a well played ballgame by our part on offense and defense."

Rob Catapano gave up six hits in his six innings of scoreless ball on the mound and Phillip Heyming closed the door on the mound by getting the final three outs in the seventh.

DISTRICT CHAMPS

The Admirals defended its District 4-AAA title with a convincing victory over the South Doyle Cherokees 9-2 in the title game Thursday, May 12 at FHS.

In its second game without Delmonico, the Admirals proved that they are still a team to be reckoned with.

“... We all swung the bats really well all the way through the order. We played good defense and Rob did a great job on the mound,” center fielder Clay Ivy said.

Ivy led the FHS offense with three hits, including a double and an RBI single against district pitcher of the year Ryan Holland. Riley Jennings had two hits with three RBIs.

Catapano scattered three hits and struck out 10 in his complete game effort. “... He probably wasn’t as sharp as he might be normally but he did pretty good ...,” Pharr said.

 

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